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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: The Scottish Oatcake

Wednesday April 16, 2014
The Beltane bannock is a traditional cake to be eaten during the celebration of May Day. Eating the bannock on Beltane morning is said to bring abundance your way in many rural areas of Scotland: The Beltane Bannock/Scottish Oatcake

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Beltane Countdown: The Hobby Horse

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Beltane is a time of lust and sex and fertility, and few symbols are as representative of this as the hobby horse. In England, the hobby horse tradition goes back to the island's early Pagan roots, as the hobby horse welcomes in the fertility season. If you're planning a Beltane celebration, why not incorporate hobby horses into your ritual? Put together a hobby horse costume - and this can be as simple as a mask, a mane, and a pair of ears - and let the horse chase a designated lady around the Maypole. Depending on who's attending your event, you could take it a step further, and add phallic symbols to the costume. Let your imagination run wild, and welcome in the fertility season of Beltane with a hobby horse of your own: The Magic of the Hobby Horse

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Beltane Countdown: Deities of the Season

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Get ready for Beltane
Horned gods appear as symbols
of Beltane fertility
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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

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Frankincense in Rite and Ritual

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Frankincense crystals.
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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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