As Beltane approaches, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with fun floral crowns and a Maypole altar centerpiece, do some meditative braiding, or even get to the know the Fae! A few simple seasonal crafts are a great way to celebrate the Beltane sabbat.
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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.
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For many people, a Maypole Dance
is the best way ever to celebrate the fertility holiday of Beltane
… but let's face it, you may not have the ability to do that. Not everyone can stick a 20-foot pole in their yard, or you may not even know enough other Pagans (or Pagan-friendly non-Pagans
) to have a Maypole Dance in the first place. If that's the case, there's a much smaller alternative. You can easily make a Maypole to put on your Beltane altar.
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Some people believe that Faeries inhabit their flower gardens
. If you think you've got friendly Fae out there, this craft project is a great way to get kids into gardening at the beginning of spring. Use an old wooden chair to host bright climbing flowers and vines.
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In some rural societies, May Day flower baskets were a perfect way to send a message to someone you cared for, especially at Beltane. In the Victorian era, it became popular to send people messages told in the language of flowers. You can make this basket and fill it with the flower that sends the message you want to send along.
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In many traditions of Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work.
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, spring is beginning to get seriously underway. Gardens are being planted, sprouts are beginning to appear, and the earth is returning to life once again. This time of year is associated with fertility
, thanks to the greening of the land, and with fire. A few fire-associated herbs can be blended together to make the perfect Beltane incense. Use it during rituals and ceremonies, or burn it for workings related to fertility and growth.
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Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for the Beltane sabbat? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!