Beltane Fires

So I know, I know Ostara is next but I'm really looking forward to Beltane! There's just something about Beltane that gets my blood heated and my heart happy. Probably due to the fact my Celtic roots. Or to my past life experiences, ask me more about those later. There's something about the fire holidays that just gets me. Funny coming from the water/air element right? But it's true, the heat, the passion, the fertility rites *raising eyebrows hehe* and knowing that the ground is ready for the tilling, that life is ready to be made. It's an awesome feeling. Plus this will be, I hope, the first year that I get to take my son to the Beltane Festival! I went while I was just pregnant with him and it was awesome, tiring but fun. Didn't stay long enough for the bonfire though, or the fire dancers. But did get to see the Maypole.

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Oooo future Amanda Jillian stopping by! I figured since I mentioned two Pagan sabbats in this post I would give you some info on them.

Ostara


The Spring Equinox is when the light is equal to dark. Ostara is actually a variation of Ēostre which is a Germanic goddess of Spring. There are many names for Ostara, which actually usually falls around the Christian Easter and Jewish Passover. In Germanic countries, it was a type for planting the new crop seasons but wasn't something really celebrated by the Celts though they did mark the passing of the season.

It is a time of fertility and nature responds by going a little overboard. In medieval times the March Hare was a great fertility symbol, a tradition we keep today as around this time of the year bunnies are everywhere for decorations, getting back to the point the March Hare is usually nocturnal. But in March when their mating season starts they are everywhere! The females can actually get pregnant with a second litter while pregnant with a first! Talk about being fertile.

Beltane


The Gaelic May Day festival, the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Most widely observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season when livestock went to summer pastures. Rituals were held to protect them from harm, both natural and supernatural, usually with a bonfire.

This is when aos sí, also known as the spirits or the faeries, were particularly active. Perhaps that would be why I love it so much.


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