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

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

As I fine tune my own personal cycles and soul path, digging deeper into the wisdoms of indigenous traditions, plant medicine, and connecting to the Ancestors, the more I have felt at home in my own body and in my life. I encourage you to tap into the ancient wisdom that also courses within you.

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

As I observe my own annual cycle of emotion, experience, energy, and transition... there seems to be recurring themes and certain seasonal patterns through the years. I continue to allow myself to be carried by the energetic waves, the ebb and flow of life, and more is revealed.

I love how ritual and coming together in circle 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 love how ritual and coming together in circle 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....

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

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.

Beltane: The Fire Festival is celebrated as the symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest, and the marking of the light half of the year.

The constant buzzing of hummingbirds and the multitude of species of bees around my house, coupled with the constant chirping of frogs frolicking 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 singing of my heart song is what reminds me that I am alive, and well, and fertile, and ready for the union of my hearts desire.

There's no denying this time of year is ripe with the energies of abundance, passion, lust, fertility, sexuality, and pregnancy.

The constant drum beat of the 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. Love as a state of being, love, coupled with passion for life and purpose. The unquenchable thirst for love and desire for the unknown and magic of living.

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."

I pray for more magic, more surprise, more serendipity in my 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 the flow and natural rhythm of my life, than I would have been with single focused and structured plans.

Uncertainty is a symptom of the arrival of magic, wonder and awe, the unknown is only the breath just before the Aaaah of AMAZEMENT.

Perhaps take some time today to acknowledge your desires, and perform your own unique ritual to consummate the union of your desire 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!

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.


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!

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Finding Myself In Ireland

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This much I want to remember: The feeling of the sun on my back as I leaned over the stones on the Quiet Man's bridge on my first car ride out into the wilderness of Ireland.

There was a small brown sign that said "Quiet Man Bridge" and so I turned around and went back to see what it was. It was just a small stone bridge over a waterway but there was a picture of John Wayne standing on the bridge and I figured I'd have to watch this movie when I returned home.  The birds were singing so loudly and lovely. I noticed the song with new ears, as if I had never heard birds sing before.  

Back home perhaps I would have thought them slightly endearing or mostly annoying but these birds and their song were so lovely as the sun warmed my back and I could hear Mumford and Sons playing from the car radio with the right hand door open to the drivers side.

I was asking myself if I was happy?
And I decided that I must be, because, I wasn't looking forward to anything, and also that I had better be because nothing much more wonderful was likely to happen. Both were unfamiliar feelings for someone who had spent much of her life suspended in the present and longing for the future- for the evening, the weekend, the holiday, the letter in the post- that would make all the good things come true.  
"Another Life Again" - Viney

This much I want to remember: driving down the dirt lane with the sparrows racing out in front of me, gliding, fluttering up and down in smooth wide motions, making my heart sing. In Ireland there is a penetrating smell of grass or hay or flowers, I'm not sure what it is, but I don't have words for the sweetness of the experience of being consumed by this smell.

The wild yellow irises are abundant and ubiquitous in the green fields, and they make me want to write poetry.

I see a million images I want to capture, but there's nowhere to pull off to the side of the road on these crazy dangerous roads. I think how amazing it is to experience what life was like not so long ago in the Unites States, before our roads became so wide and long. Now all roads lead to ambition in the United States. 

Perhaps this has become the plight of the American dream, that nothing is ever good enough? We must always leave in seek of something better, only to find that we've outdone even ourselves, time and time again, and now that we've got everything, we feel nothing inside?

Sitting at a pub, recommended by the girl at the gas station that pumped my gas, because I couldn't figure out how to open the gas tank… The lady that came out of the kitchen that I bumped into upon entering the pub, that I asked if I could take a seat in the corner, she said yes,  sit anywhere you like and I piled my belongings on a tiny corner table next to a family speaking in dialect eating salmon and mash.  

I don't know what I was expecting, but this place was not what I was expecting. Small and family cozy dining with the tiny bar that had gents sitting with beers and talking again in a way that I wasn't sure what language they were speaking.

I looked up at the walls surrounding me, covered with old newspaper articles, postcards, and yellowed older things, there she was, the older plump lady that I bumped into and who served me my Jameson on the rocks, there she was laminated on the wall.  

The article described her as the 4th generation owner of the pub, she'd been in nursing school when the family and the local town had hit hard times and the family was going to sell the pub, she returned home to take over, not wanting the family to sell. She was quoted in the newspaper as saying she'd learned latin and "other nonsense" at school, but returning home and saving the family business was the best education she'd received.

An hour later I noticed another piece of framed paper above the laminated article.

It read:

This is to certify Miss Adrienne hereby climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

There she was, the plump older lady, whom I had bumped into and who had served me my Jameson on the rocks and seafood chowder, at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Woah. What a lady.  

I'm reminded of the millions of possibilities of this life time, of existence, of the true essence of being alive and what's possible for us. This is to certify that:  small town does not equate a small mind, nor does it equal small impact on the world.  

On my journey through Ireland, I love noticing that a certain song can inspire me to write… all I have to hear is a few notes and  thoughts pop up like a math equation, play these notes, inspiration comes to write. What is that? and why can't I reproduce it? I ponder, is that pure inspiration?

I secretly admit to myself that my all weather hiking pants and orange Northface fleece have become my favorite outfit of all time because they symbolize a major turning point in my life and represent the time that I decided to listen to my heart's calling and I followed through on a crazy idea that changed the course of my life forever and I am now eternally grateful for all the healing and happiness I have experienced because I listened.  

At the time, the investment in outdoor gear to go to the arctic circle in Norway felt out of character for me and I would never have guessed that I would wear this outfit time and time again in many different countries and it would become one of my favorite outfits of all time, surpassing any of my beloved high heels and fancy dresses.

Driving on the left side of the road through mountainous country on tiny winding roads, next to sea cliffs and wiping sea foam from the windshield, sitting next to a cow patty in a 3000 year old stone circle, climbing to the top of the mountain behind the stone bothy on the sheep farm, lighting a fire in the fireplace while enjoying some fresh Irish cheese and soda bread for dinner... 

I was asking myself if I was happy?

And I figured I must be, because I wasn't longing for anything or mulling over the past.  

I am ok. I am full. I am whole. and Yes, I am happy.

What is for you will not pass you by.  If you pause long enough to listen to your heart, you may realize that you've always known who you are.

I had to go out into the world to seek myself, to find myself, and only in that search did I realize that the person, the experience, the thing I was seeking all along, was me.

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Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!