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Beltane is Coming!

Beltane is coming up on May 1 for our northern hemisphere readers. This spring sabbat celebrates fertility and fire, and it's a time to rejoice in the return of life to the earth.

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Beltane Countdown: Fertility Magic

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Get ready for Beltane
Spring fertility magic can bring
bountiful fall harvests
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It's almost Beltane in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means it's time to talk about fertility! Did you know that in ancient Rome, landowners believed that sexual activity taking place in the fields would lead to bountiful crops? Or that in Japan, a centuries-old festival is held that includes a giant penis-shaped parade float? This time of year is a good time to do some fertility magic so that you will have an abundant crop by the time the harvest rolls around. There are many different methods of ensuring the fertility of the land, and you can incorporate any of these into your rituals and ceremonies: Beltane Fertility Customs

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Beltane Countdown: Plan Your Menu!

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Make a Green Man cake for Beltane!
Green Man cake
Patti Wigington 2009
Beltane is almost here, and it's a great time to get together with family and friends. After all, the weather is finally decent, the sun is out, and we're all tired of being cooped indoors. Celebrate the spirit of the season with this easy Green Man cake - although the recipe calls for a boxed cake mix for simplicity, you can certainly make yours from scratch if you've got the time: Green Man Cake

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Beltane Countdown: The Green Man

Monday April 21, 2014

Get ready for Beltane
The Green Man represents
nature's fertility.
Image Patti Wigington 2008
For our ancient ancestors, many spirits and deities were associated with nature, wildlife, and plant growth. After all, if you had just spent the winter starving and freezing, when spring arrived it was certainly time to give thanks to whatever spirits watched over your tribe. The spring season, particularly around Beltane, is typically tied to a number of pre-Christian nature spirits. Many of these are similar in origin and characteristics, but tend to vary based on region and language. In English folklore, few characters stand out -- or are as recognizable -- as the Green Man, who is the spirit of the forest: Who is the Green Man?

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Beltane Countdown: Magical Braiding & Weaving

Sunday April 20, 2014

Braiding can be a magical task
Braiding can be a magical task.
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It's almost Beltane, so let's look at some Beltane magic that will get your creative juices flowing! In many traditions of Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. More about Magical Braiding and Weaving

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