A Merry Beltane

“What potent blood hath modest May.”- Ralph W. EmersonTonight and tomorrow (in the northern hemisphere) are the traditional dates for many of the major spring/summer festivals in modern Paganism. Beltane, Bealtaine, May Day, Floralia, Protomayia, and Walpurgis Night, to name just a few. This fire festival heralds the coming of summer and is a high holiday, a liminal time when the barriers between our world and the otherworld were thin. In many traditions and cultures it is a time of divine union and fertility. Walpurgis Night bonfire, near lake Ringsjo, SwedenPhoto by David Castor”We celebrate the new crops coming in, celebrating initiation and fertility.

A Merry Beltane

“What potent blood hath modest May.”- Ralph W. EmersonTonight and tomorrow (in the northern hemisphere) are the traditional dates for the major spring/summer festivals in modern Paganism. Beltane, Bealtaine, May Day, Floralia, and Walpurgis Night. This fire festival heralds the coming of summer and is a high holiday, a liminal time when the barriers between our world and the otherworld were thin. In many traditions and cultures it is a time of divine union and fertility. Walpurgis Night bonfire, near lake Ringsjo, SwedenPhoto by David Castor”The Beltane Fire Festival celebrates the heritage of Gaelic history, and marks the blossoming of spring and fertility.