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Beltane Fire Festival: Celebration of Life & Love : The Significance of Ritual In Our Lives

Be who you want, Inspiring, Nature, Ceremony, Rites of Passage, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain
I spent this past weekend in sacred ceremony and participated in many rituals... I love how ritual and ceremony can reconnect you to your truth while being with others helps you to truly celebrate the mystery of life and the wonder of it all.... 

I spent this past weekend in sacred ceremony and participated in many rituals... I love how ritual and ceremony can reconnect you to your truth while being with others helps you to truly celebrate the mystery of life and the wonder of it all.... 

Beltane and its celebration and the rituals that we as humans have performed for thousands of years has been about fertility and sex, fire and passion, and bringing forth life and in preparation for an abundant harvest. 

As I have become more intune with my own cycles, rites of passage, and soul path, learning about native traditions, plant medicine, and my Irish Ancestry has felt like a coming home. I encourage you to tap into the ancient wisdom that also courses in your veins.

The recreating of ancient rituals has become popularized especially in our modern Western Culture, but the very individual and personal experience of participating in one of this rituals can be life changing and life affirming.

Beltane: The Fire Festival is celebrated as the symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest, impregnation, and the marking of the Light half of the year the end of the dark cycle. There's no denying this time of year is ripe with the energies of abundance, passion, lust, fertility, sexuality, and pregnancy.

Beltane Fire Ritual & Celebration

Beltane, whose past and present significance is steeped deeply in ritual rites of sexuality and fertility, celebrates the height of spring, and the coming of summer, the earth has warmed, and May 1st(ish) astrologically is the end of darkness in the sun cycle.

Lately, I've been observing my own, what appears to be annual, cycle of emotion, experience, energy, transition and conclusion... though I haven't yet fully articulated the cycle and grasped its significance there does seem to be recurring themes in certain seasonal patterns over the years. I remain open and curious to these patterns and what divine knowledge they hold for me... as I continue to immerse myself in the energetic waves, the ebb and flow of life, more is revealed.

This time of year with the fullness of spring it seems no surprise that the tiny ping of my heart, grows so loud as to pound out all other sound.

My unquenchable thirst for love and desire for the unknown magic of living.

Love with the capital L. Love as a state of being, that which I have been seeking for as long as I can remember. Love, coupled with passion for life and purpose.  

The constant drum beat of my internal longing to feel whole, alive, and on fire with desire.

This pulsating and throbbing has only become more profound, more distinct, like a homing beacon.

What is on the unknown horizon of life, the unexpected fulfillment of desire in ways I couldn't imagine?

I feel pregnant with anticipation, so much so that my breasts ache. I stand in astute awareness and attention in the unknown.

I remind myself of a vow I have made "I surrender my personal will to divine will. I live in the present moment and seek only truth." Sometimes, I'd like more control, I'd like things to go my way! Ahhh.... but this voice comes from the same person who just the other night was praying for more magic, more surprise, more serendipity in her life.

Yes, this is when I feel more alive, when chance has its way with me and I realize that I'm very much more pleased with fate, than I would have been with my own single focused plans. The uncertainty is a symptom of this arrival, the unknown is only the breath just before the Aaaah of AMAZEMENT.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Sunrise at Bealtaine by Irish Photographer: Ken Williams  At the Beltany Stone Circle in the North West of Ireland, the sunrise at Beltane is aligned with the only decorated stone in the circle. The Beltany Stone Circle gets its name from Beltane which is associated with the lighting of hilltop fires in a rekindling of the sun.

The beginning of May, signifies one of the astrologically and historically important cross quarter dates of our calendar and the seasonal progression of the earth and growing seasons: Beltane or May Day celebration.

Beltane occurs 6 months after Samhain {Halloween}, and in the Celtic way of looking at the seasons marks the end of winter, the ‘dark’ half of the year, and the beginning of summer the ‘light’ half. Like Samhain, Beltane is a liminal (between) time, when the veil between the worlds of physical and nonphysical is thin- considered a good time for divination and particularly for seeing the Fair Folk (the Fae).

Beltane is one of the 8 sacred celebrations of the year and turning of the seasons : Imbolc; Ostara/Spring Equinox; Beltane; Litha/Summer Solstice; Lammas/ Lughnasad; Mabon/Autumn Equinox; Samhain/Halloween; Yule/Winter Solstice.

The constant buzzing of hummingbirds and the multitude of species of bees around my house, coupled with the constant chirping of frogs frolicing in the pond, and the endless chanting call of the Whippoorwill at night in search of his mate remind me that some noise is required to call in LOVE.

The drum beat of my soul, the pounding of my heart, the buzzing of my cells, and the longing of my heart song is what reminds me I am alive, and well, and fertile, and ready for the union of my hearts desire.

So perhaps take some time today to acknowledge your desires, and maybe even perform your own unique ritual to consummate the union of your desire of creation and the seed of life and energy of birth. Trust that the discomfort of uncertainty is only a mild symptom of the joy of pregnancy and the expectancy of new life!

Beltane Fire Ritual & Celebration:

Fire and passion, love and life, brought together as one.

I am the earth, the womb of all creation.
Within me, new life grows each year.
Water is my blood, air my breath, and fire is my spirit.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

I am the rutting stag, the seed, the energy of life.
I am the mighty oak that grows in the forest.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

The earth is once more growing new life within!

We shall be blessed with abundance this year!

source: Beltane May Day

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