Mountain Xpress: What is the history of the Beltane celebration?
Lianna Costantino: Beltane was, and still is, a Celtic holiday honoring the beginning of Summer … and a celebration of the fertility of the Earth, animals and ourselves. The traditional date is May 1.
Great fires were lit on hilltops, and rites were performed that imparted further fertility to the fields, livestock, and people. ... The fires of Beltane are generative.
What are some ways to observe Beltane and incorporate the rituals into our week?
This is a time of coming of age, courtship and fertility. … The sacred relationship between our God and our Goddess is recognized at this time. We also recognize the sacred relationships in our own lives … feeding and nurturing them as we [do] our gardens. Having planted seeds for personal and spiritual growth at the spring equinox, we now look inward and tend to that which needs to grow.
There are many ways to do this, such as making an effort to seek intimacy with your partner, feeding your soul what it needs to flourish — [such as] more prayer or meditation, living your life with an “attitude of gratitude” and finding the sacred connection between yourself and all your relations.
Sylvan Hearth will hold a Beltane ceremony Saturday, May 4, in Sylva. For more information, contact Lianna Costantino at 331-8688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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