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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: Make a Floral Crown

Thursday April 24, 2014

Make a floral crown to celebrate Beltane.
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If you're holding any kind of Beltane celebration at all, it's all about the flowers! Be sure to jazz up your festivities with a crown of flowers -- it looks beautiful on any woman, and really brings out the goddess within. Not only that, it's pretty heavy on the fertility symbolism as well. A floral crown is easy to make with just a few basic craft supplies: Make a Floral Crown

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Beltane Countdown: Hold a Goddess Rite

Thursday April 24, 2014

Get ready for Beltane
Celebrate spring by honoring
the goddess of your tradition
Image Patti Wigington 2008
When Margaret Murray wrote her ground-breaking God of the Witches, in 1931, scholars quickly dismissed her theory of a universal, pre-Christian cult of witches who worshiped a singular mother goddess. However, Murray wasn't completely off-base; a number of individual cults existed in pre-Christian Europe which honored mother goddesses of their own. Take advantage of the blooming of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and use this time to celebrate the archetype of the mother goddess, and honor your own female ancestors and friends: Beltane Goddess Ritual.

Note: One year, when I posted this ritual, I received an email from a reader who chastised me for posting a goddess-themed ritual for Beltane, which is traditionally a masculine-energy sort of holiday. However, as I pointed out to her, there are many of our readers here at About Pagan/Wiccan who honor only a female deity in their practice, and so I felt it was important to include a ritual that would be useful for those individuals and groups. Clearly, if your tradition does not celebrate the feminine during this time of year, then this particular ritual may not be applicable to your practice.

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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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