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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: Decorate Your Altar

Friday April 18, 2014
For our northern hemisphere readers, it's Beltane, the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to celebrate the fertility of the earth. This Sabbat is about new life, fire, passion and rebirth, so there are all kinds of creative ways you can set up for the season. Depending on how much space you have, you can try some or even all of these ideas -- obviously, someone using a bookshelf as an altar will have less flexibility than someone using a table, but use what calls to you most: Setting Up Your Beltane Altar

Do you have your altar all prettied up for Beltane? If you'd like to share a photo of yours with the rest of us, you can send it using our new Submission Form: Beltane Altar Photos. There's no deadline, so if you want to wait and take your picture during ritual, that's totally fine. Remember, don't submit photos of altars that aren't yours, because I can't use them. Also, any file attachments sent via email instead of through the submission page will be deleted without being opened.

Need ideas for what to put on your altar? Check out older submissions: Beltane Altar Gallery 2008 - 2010.

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

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Beltane Countdown: The Greek God Pan

Thursday April 17, 2014
In Greek legend and mythology, Pan is known as a rustic and wild god of the forest. He is associated with the animals that live in the woods, as well as with the sheep and goats in the fields. Because of his fertility aspects, Pan is often connected to the Beltane holiday season. Let's look at who Pan was, and why he is important: Who is the Greek God Pan?

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Beltane Countdown: Celebrating Flowers

Thursday April 17, 2014

Celebrate spring with flowers
Celebrate spring with flowers!
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Depending on where you live, you may well be getting ready for planting season -- and few things symbolize spring as well as flowers! Did you know that during the Victorian era, people could send secret messages using the language of flowers? One might send her lover a crocus, saying Be cautious with my heart, or swear undying friendship with some arbor vitae. Learn more about these magical messages, and The Secret Language of Flowers.

Flowers have many wonderful properties -- they're pretty, they smell nice, and believe it or not, some of them are even edible. Blossoms like nasturtium, violets, and pansies can actually be candied and eaten! Try this for your next spring celebration: Candied Flower Petals

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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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