The spirit of Mother Nature and the cycle of her seasons are an inspiration to me and the vibrant and dynamic festival of Beltane is my favourite spoke of the Wheel of the Year. The transition from Spring to Summer is a magickal time and here are just a handful of ideas to help you celebrate with me.
Pine cones not only make fantastic fire starters, but they are also a wonderful way to transport your intentions to the Divine. On small pieces of paper write down your dreams, wishes and healing prayers. Roll them up tightly and tuck them into the sides of your pine cones. Then all you need to do is throw them onto your bonfire and allow your petitions to float up to the sky.
For those of you who are not able to have a bonfire then this next idea is a lovely way to help you manifest your dreams with a little help from Beltane’s fertile energies. Something I love to do is to light a piece of paper with my wishes written on it and then as it burns I let the ashes fall onto a little flower pot filled with soil. After this I meditate while holding a seed, letting all my feelings and emotions fuelled by my desires flow into it. I then plant the seed into the soil. For me this symbolises myself and the Divine Earth merging our energies together. And as the seed grows so do my dreams. You could perform this ritual on a new moon as well. At the last new moon I planted a sunflower seed.
Something else you might like to do is to tie strips of cloth or ribbon to a branch of your favourite tree. You could use different colours to represent different wishes. Green for prosperity and yellow for joy for example. Afterwards don’t forget to give the tree a hug of gratitude and feel your wish come true. When you have finished leave a little eco friendly offering for the tree.
A sweet decorative idea for an outside altar this Beltane are mossy balls. To start with take a large piece of moss and lay it moss side down. Place a polystyrene ball on top and then carefully wrap the moss around the ball securing it with moss clips that you need to push down as far as they will go. Spray them now and again with water so as to keep them moist.
And lastly how about some childhood classics like making daisy chains, flower crowns, leafy Green Man masks and friendship bracelets.
Brightest Beltane Blessings,