thegreenraven:

Beltane is coming, everyone. May 1st! We’ve got about a month to prepare.
I’ll be including some super neat things you can do for Beltane in this post.

Colors Associated With Beltane

  • Bright green
  • Rich yellow
  • Gold
  • Burnt Orange
  • Red

Plants Associated With Beltane

  • Hawthorn
  • Bluebell 
  • Cowslip
  • Daisy
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Pansy
  • Primrose
  • Rose
  • Violet
  • Sweet Woodruff

Incense Associated With Beltane

  • Passionflower
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Oak moss
  • Patchouli

Beltane Egg Charm

  • One egg
  • Something sharp, like a small pick or thick tack
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • (Optional) glitter, stickers, rhinestones, flowers, etc.

Take egg and punch 1-2 small holes at the top and bottom of the egg. Empty the contents out and do whatever you like with them. If you happen to be a kitchen witch, I’m sure you could do a breakfast spell or something for it so it doesn’t go to waste. 🙂 

Once the egg shell is all that is left wash out the inside and outside of the egg as carefully as possible and set aside somewhere to dry. Be careful that it’s left somewhere dry without too much moisture to avoid bacteria that could cause mold or other nastiness. 

Paint your egg however you like; maybe paint a sun or stalks of grain, or images of your deities, or whatever you feel fits your interpretation of Beltane best. I plan to paint one half of my egg at a time to allow it to dry fully before I handle it further.

Once your egg is totally dried and decorated to your liking, revisit one of the holes you poked in either end and take a length of ribbon and glue that to the end so you can hang it wherever you feel it will do the most good. I’ll most likely hang mine from the front door of my home to encourage growth.

Notes: You can take this simple charm and do so much with it! The only limit is your own imagination. You can use brown or white eggs, dye the egg shell with a dye recipe you used for Easter, you can write affirmations for the coming summer solstice on the shell, or make the hole a mite bigger and stuff herbs, crystals, and written affirmations on the inside before gluing it shut again – really there are no limitations here, so have fun with it!

May Bush

To make a May bush, find a thorny bush or tree to decorate with ribbons, strips of colorful cloth, garlands made with flowers that are blooming at the time, shells, crystals, stones, bells, or lights, to symbolize your prayers or wishes. You can also hang items to symbolize your thanks to your deities; a pacifier could symbolize a parent’s thanks for a child’s good health, a dollar could symbolize thanks for wealth. 

Notes: If you can’t find anywhere outside you can do this, perhaps buy a miniature rose bush or small tree with which you can hang the items from in the comfort of your own home or room. I know not everyone is comfortable practicing where others might see, so find a way to make it work for you. 🙂

Beltane Bonfire

If it’s safe, I really cannot stress this enough, light a bonfire outside your home to encourage growth, purification, and protection. To add extra oomph to this particular celebration, throw protective herbs or herbs that encourage purification in to the fire. Cedar is a great protective plant and usually readily available, though some other herbs you can use include bay, elderberry, hyssop, fennel, St. John’s wort, mugwort, rosemary, yarrow, lavender, sage and juniper. As the herbs turn to flame and then smoke, you might chant a simple protective prayer. Once the fire has burned down completely, you can use the ashes or any leftovers for protection as well – maybe making black salt with them, or rubbing your doorway with them. The fire would be a great way to make offering to your deities as well, by tossing in their favorite herbs, or burning a note of everything you’re grateful for.

Notes: If a bonfire cannot be lit, you can always make an incense with the herbs listed above or make a tisane brewed with those herbs, or even just light a candle to symbolize the protection of the bonfire. You can go big or you can stay small, and either way your deities will appreciate it as long as you try your best. 🙂

Beltane Feast

As with pretty much every other pagan celebration, there’s an option to feast. 

  • Sweets invoke the sweetness of love, so fruit tarts, chocolate and honey are all great options. Honey especially so because of it’s golden color, to symbolize fire.
  • Spicy foods invoke fire, so consider ginger, peppers, curries and the like.
  • Aphrodisiacs such as almonds, bananas, truffles, and strawberries symbolize the sensuality of this celebration and are all great options for vegetarians who want to celebrate as well.
  • Goats and cows are most commonly associated with Beltane, so consider barbecuing if the weather allows. If not maybe consider a roast or stew.

Notes: Any suggestive shaped foods are a bonus as well, to symbolize fertility. Papaya, sausage and nuts are good choices, and Jell-O, bread dough and chocolate can also be shaped in to suggestive forms. 

Again, now is the time to prepare! I know there exist those mythical people who are always well prepared for everything, but I know I’m not one of them, so I must make preparations way in advance so I’m not scrambling at the end. And do what you’re comfortable with – always. Whether you go big and do everything here and more with all the bells and whistles and feasting, or light the candle while you chant a protective prayer, enjoy it. 

Inspiration for this celebration was found over at http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/beltane.html 

Please don’t remove any credit or steal this content. ❤

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