Beltane celebrates the sacred union of The Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine. The fiery passion of Bel, a Celtic vegetation God, has grown into His power and now plants His seed into the fertile land that is the Goddess. The Maypole is one of the symbols of this Divine Union.
The Maypole is thought to be a representation of the Axis Mundi, the World Tree, that connects earth and sky, above and below, the spiritual and earthly planes. Dancing around the Maypole symbolizes union, as the ribbons intertwine. It is also a wonderful way to celebrate the return of warm weather and new growth.
Maypole dancing originated as a pagan fertility ritual. Dancers encircle a tree or a tall pole. The tree represents the phallus of the God, it is buried deep within the earth, the body of the Goddess. At the top sits a floral crown with ribbons attached. Dancers gather in a circle at the base, each holding a coloured ribbon. As the dance begins, the ribbons are interwoven around the pole, strengthening the sacred bond between God and Goddess.
Beltane celebrates union, whether it’s love with another, or self-love, the sensuality and sexuality can bring an abundance of joy. All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals. Seek out ways to create your own bliss and celebrate with your own fiery passion.
Beltane Tarot Spread
1 – The Goddess – Message from the Lady
2 – The God – Message from the Lord
3 – The Divine Union – Where does your passion lay?
4 – The Beltane Fires – What needs to be burned away?
5 – Sowing the Seed – What do you wish to create?
6 – Nurturing the Garden – What needs doing to manifest your desire?
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