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Beltane, Spring to Summer Transition
A letter from Julia Martin, owner of theflyingcat.net
May 1st is Beltane on the Celtic Wheel of the Year. It is a cross-quarter holiday (between solstice and equinox), traditionally celebrated with a bonfire to help “turn the wheel.” We light the fire to clear stagnant energy from the winter, to light a path ahead, to remember ourselves, a moment of pause.
It’s also traditionally the time for weddings, unions, and the old tradition of hand-fasting, tying the knot. It’s a fascinating time as the energy comes roaring forth back to life, just the opposite of Samhain, the celebration of death and light into dark.
I offer insight and suggestions for practices, rituals, journal prompts and spiritual allies for this season in Honoring Beltane, available now 💕💕💕 Ritual subscribers automatically get a copy, or it is available for purchase here.
Ritual Tools & Allies
Making Florida Water
Using Florida Water
Making Flower Essences
Sex, Fertility, & Union
Natural Bug Spray Recipes
Making Flower Crowns
Wheel of the Year
Our design of the Wheel is the Solar Calendar on the outside featuring the cross holidays and the cross-quarter holidays. Inside the wheel is the Lunar Cycle with special events denoted like blue moons, black moons, annular, partial and total eclipses and special overlaps in the lunar and solar calendars.
Traditionally the Wheel is a Celtic solar calendar followed by those who once lived close to the land. It was a way to measure life; celebration, harvest and the harsh cold time of the year, a way to “keep track of time by paying attention to the relationship between the Sun and the Earth. The “New Year” starts at Samhain, contrary to our typical Gregorian calendar which begins after Yule.