Beltane, May 1st, is a celebration of spirit, of rebirth and renewal. It is a time to honour the life spark that resides within us all and put it on display. The seeds that we have planted within our soul and nurtured through the winter are now ready to manifest. We present to the world a kaleidoscope of colours, as varied and beautiful as flowers in bloom.
Green is the predominant colour of Beltane, representing growth, abundance, and fertility. But, in truth, all colours play a part, reflected in the rainbow that appears after a rainfall, the floral displays we see at every turn, and emerging from our opening chakras. White brings cleansing and peace, red nourishes vibrancy, yellow represents the life force and happiness, pink is a reminder to love ourselves, blues and purples symbolize expansion and magick. Beltane is rich with vibrant colour, bringing joy to the soul and nourishment to the spirit.
At Beltane, we honour Goddess as Virgin in the true sense of the word, “She Who is Whole Unto Herself”. When we feel whole, we are no longer reliant on other people’s opinions of us. We stand secure and confident in the knowledge that we are beautiful, created in Her image. Create rituals honouring the wondrous woman you are. Perform self-blessings, be naked in front of a mirror, without judgment, and love the Temple where Goddess lives. Know and trust that you are whole unto yourself, a Goddess in your own right. Explore your body, your lover, your life, in a sensuous and sexual way. The Virgin is fearless, let Her guide you to glorious heights. For “The Charge” states …”all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals”.
The Dark Moon in Taurus connects us to our sense of groundedness. Being grounded is to feel calm and centered amidst chaos. It’s about being fully present in your body while also being fully aware of your surroundings.
Being grounded is to feel your feet kissing the Earth, gently caressing the body of the Goddess. She supplies us with an abundance of nourishment, for the body and the soul. Think of the different kinds of soil we encounter in our lives. The rich dark loams, red ochres, sand, rocks and gravel, clay and mud. We connect to them directly every day, with our feet with each step we take, and with our hands as we plant, dig, play, or sculpt.
All soils nurture, whether it is the local flora, or our own beings. Gaia nourishes us through Her bounty. She nourishes us energetically as well. As you walk, visualize roots extending from the bottoms of your feet, reaching down, down, down, deep into the rich dark earth. Draw energy up and let it permeate throughout your body. Be conscious of every step, practice the art of mindful walking.
We live in a symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth. She nurtures us, and, as Gaia’s children, it is our duty to protect Her, cherish Her, love Her. We do this through conscious living.
Select one sustainable activity that you can do every week to help the planet, something that you know you can commit to once a week, and do it.
Think of one thing a month that you can do, remember, you only have to commit to doing this once a month, every month.
Finally, choose one activity that you can commit to once a year. All it takes is commitment, each of us doing our small part.
Honour our Mother, She who has birthed you, She who nurtures you throughout your life, and She who will embrace you in death.
Dark Moon Blessings