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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 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

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

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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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