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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: Deities of the Season

Tuesday April 15, 2014

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Horned gods appear as symbols
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If you live above the equator, you're preparing for Beltane, a time of great fertility -- for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect. Typically, this is a Sabbat to celebrate gods of the hunt or of the forest, and goddesses of passion and motherhood, as well as agricultural deities. Meet some of the gods and goddesses that can be honored as part of your tradition's Beltane rituals: Fertility Deities of Beltane

Don't forget to sign up for the free Seven Day Beltane Class!

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Frankincense in Rite and Ritual

Tuesday April 15, 2014

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Frankincense is one of the oldest documented magical resins - it's been traded in northern Africa and parts of the Arab world for nearly five thousand years. Eventually introduced to Europe by Crusaders, this fragrant resin is found in a number of religious rites and ceremonies around the world. Let's take a look at some ways you can use frankincense in your spiritual practice: The Magic of Frankincense

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How to Open Your Third Eye

Monday April 14, 2014

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The third eye is located within the sixth chakra, or brow chakra, and is located in the center of the forehead, above the eyebrows. Associated with the color indigo, the brow chakra is all about our intuitive gifts. Our ability to self-realize, to develop our psychic abilities and empathic skills, is connected to this chakra. The brow chakra is also related to our ability - and our willingness - to recognize, acknowledge, and then let go of emotional baggage. Let's talk about how to figure out if your third eye is blocked - and if it is, what you can do about it: Opening Your Third Eye

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Beltane Countdown: Prayers for Beltane

Monday April 14, 2014

Looking for prayers to celebrate Beltane? Here are a few you may wish to add in to your upcoming rites and rituals.

  • Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing) is a shorter, Pagan-friendly adaptation of one featured in the Carmina Gadelica.
  • Prayer to Cernunnos is offered to the Horned God, Cernunnos, who is considered the lord of the forest and fertility in many Wiccan traditions.
  • A Thanks to the Earth Mother honors the land itself, and the fertility of the earth at Beltane.
  • Honoring the May Queen is a way to pay tribute to the Queen of the May, a figure who often appears in Faerie lore and legend.
  • Blessing to Protect the Herd: In ancient societies, Beltane was a time to bless the herd, keeping it safe and healthy for the coming year. This blessing honors the animals, whether you have livestock or family pets.
  • Prayer for the Gods of the Forest pays tribute to Osiris, Cernunnos and the other fertility gods of spring.


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