Hello Beautiful People,
Happy Beltane!!! The Time is Favorable!!!
As Spring comes to a peak, an explosion of cactus flowers are currently adorning the Sonoran Desert that Kate’s Magik is so blessed to call home. The red tailed hawks we witnessed and heard repeatedly during their mating ritual around Ostara (Spring Equinox), are now caring for their fledglings in an ingeniously constructed nest in the heart of a blooming Saguaro, on the edge of our land. The rattlesnakes have emerged, oh yes. I saw two yesterday. One of which was nose to nose with my black protection kitty, Mikeo! But thank Goddess (or snake spirit) he got away unharmed. In the Wheel of the Year this is the most charged time of renewal, abundance, mature fertility and sacred sexuality. It is the time of Beltane, the Celtic, life bursting festival of fire, passion and conception.
Beltane aka May Day, represents the mid-point between the Spring Equinox (Ostara) and the Summer Solstice (Litha). As the days are now getting longer, warmer and brighter, it is the best time to bring our hopes, intentions and dreams into action. Whether it is an emotional or spiritual shift we have been waiting to realize, a commitment to self or one we love, or a new project we are ready to actualize, the time is favorable. While we continue to sail these tempestuous seas, we will most likely need to make some adjustments in our navigation. Let us collectively choose to see this time as an opportunity to zoom out, expand our vision, refine our tools or maybe even make a drastic change. The time is favorable! It is Beltane and we are all in this together!
And though it may not be uberly appropriate, given the current state of the human world, I want to remind you that above all, Beltane is when we celebrate sacred sexuality, marriage and the union between Heaven and Earth. It may be appropriate, given our times, to forgo celebrating our sensuality, sacred sexual union or attracting a spiritual partner, but we’re just not going to do that. I therefore have decided to do a very special sale for you on all Kate’s Magik Love and Passion products. Let’s remember to celebrate and activate our Earthly pleasures whether we are alone or with the ones we love passionately. The altar is set. Blessed Beltane, Beautiful People.
Beltane or May Day marks the midpoint between the Spring Equinox (Ostara) and the Summer Solstice (Litha). Traditionally, Beltane is a festival of fire and a celebration of fertility, sensuality and sacred union. The Earth is fertile, fruitful and sweetly abundant. The archetypal Maiden Goddess is full and heavy for an expectant birth. She represents the anticipation of the blooming Earth and the blossoming seeds of our dreams, hopes and ideas. Beltane is the epitome of passion, love, sexuality, sensuality, vitality and potent fertility.
Still recognized today as the symbolic union of the Young Oak King or the Green Man with the Maiden Goddess or the May Queen, many traditions re-enact this union through rituals and ceremonies evoking the spirit of Beltane. The stories say that the Green Man sees the May Queen and falls madly in love with her and wins her affection. They consummate their love and the May Queen becomes pregnant. The union of the Green Man and the May Queen represent sacred union, the marriage of the Earth and Sky and the burgeoning of life on Earth.
Beltane originates from the Celtic word ‘Bel’ which means “the bright one” or God, and the Gaelic word for fire; ‘teine.’ As one, the word Beltane essentially means ‘Bright Fire,’ therefore denoting Beltane as a sacred fire festival. History tells us that the Celtic people would put out all house fires and commune together as a community to light one special, ritual fire. People jumped over the fire as a means for purification and cleansing and couples would jump together to pledge their love to one another. Animals and cattle were even walked through the smoke for fertility, protection and purification. At the end of the celebrations, people would take fire from the community Beltane fire to light their own fires of home and hearth.
If you can, safely kindle a fire or a bonfire at your home or light a special candle dedicated to Beltane. Meditate on cleansing and purification and the ways in which your life is blossoming and blooming with the turn of the wheel.
Because Beltane symbolizes the sacred union of the Green Man and the May Queen or the Goddess and the God, it is looked at as a favorable time for Handfasting, marriages or making commitments to those you love. The Handfasting ceremony includes the exchange of vows and tying the hands of the couple together with a series of ribbons or cords.
While not everyone finds themselves in a relationship or in an appropriate time of dedication to their partner(s), this ritual can be directed inward, to the relationship one has with one’s self. Create your own Handfasting ritual and meditate on ways you can dedicate more time, energy and love to yourself.
Photo by David Guerrieri
Local May Day Celebration - Tucson, AZ - 2017
Many people will recognize and associate Beltane and May Day with the Maypole; a wooden pole decorated with flowers and ribbons. Here again the May Pole represents the union of the God and the Goddess. The pole symbolizes the phallus while the ring of flowers at the top represents the fertile Goddess. The long colorful ribbons are then danced and woven together around the pole symbolizing the union of the Goddess and God, the union between Earth and Sky and illustrates the spiral nature of life.
If you can find a community Maypole ceremony, it’s a wondrous ritual to behold. You could, of course, create your own Maypole to dance around or fashion a small Maypole token for your altar out of ribbons,a stick or candle and flowers. As you weave the ribbons with each other, consider, with a spirit of gratitude, the ways in which the Universe has woven together your life and the many blessings you have been bestowed.
Decorate your altar for Beltane with a green cloth to bring fertility, prosperity, abundance and growth. Light as many candles as you desire to represent the blessed Beltane fire. Adorn your altar with imagery or figurines to work with deities such as the Goddess, the Green Man, Pan, Freya, Kokopelli, Rhiannon and Brigid. Embellish with incense, seasonal flowers, leaves, tree branches, greens, sage, ivy, pine cones, acorns, rabbits, antlers, eggs, rose quartz, and carnelian. Think fertility, sensuality and growth.
Beltane is a celebration of sacred union, love and sensuality. It is a time to honor and proclaim the glory of our Earth and her blooming lands. Here are a few highlighted Kate’s Magik products that we would recommend for love, passion and attraction during this Beltane season!
Sensual Lust & Passion Anointing Oil is intended to awaken desire and attract attention. This blend is arousing and seductive and serves as an aphrodisiac. Sensual Lust & Passion Anointing Oil stirs desire and attracts passionate energy while enveloping you in an aura of lusty beauty. Sensual Lust & Passion Anointing oil is an intoxicating and fiery blend of exotic Ylang Ylang and Rose Absolute cradled in wood and spice.
Pan is the therianthropic Greek goat God of all nature. His deep connection to the natural world is profoundly needed in our current time. Since the ancient past, his mirthful yet wise ways have intrigued the hearts of many mystics. Pan links us to our own animal nature and awakens our connection to the wild and untamed. He lives in dells and grottoes, woods and water, and represents the uncivilized divine masculine - primal and often lustful. The focus of Pan Bastet Perfume is for the archetype of Pan to ignite a healthy instinct to connect to the wildness within us and fine-tune our relationship to our mother planet; where we can find the deep healing we all long for. Pan Perfume was created to evoke the alluring musky scent of flora and fauna. Forestry noted are folded in with balsamic Amber - Rose and Oud create a majestic balance.
Use Wood Nymph Body Perfume Oil to evoke love and trust. The Wood Nymph is an earth-loving butterfly that dips through the sagebrush, juniper-pinyon woodland, dry chaparral and open pine forests. Wood Nymph Body Perfume Oil helps you feel grounded and compassionate while revealing your inner beauty. It stimulates internal knowledge, brings peace, trust and awareness. With both feet on the ground you can sway like a tree, be rooted, yet flexible and free. Wood Nymph Body Perfume oil is a sensuous blend of earthy, sweet Cedarwood with protective, woodsy Juniper enveloped in regal Rose and sensual Jasmine. A touch of spice makes this balanced blend an intoxicating and grounding experience.
Pure Passion Aura Mist is an intoxicating aromatherapy mist to evoke passion and create a sensual atmosphere. When it comes to the senses, scent is a powerful way to manifest passion and enhance mood. Pure Passion Aura Mist will help to release your natural pheromones, bring forth confidence and reveal your beauty. Create a sensual atmosphere and spray on bed linens or on yourself and your partner to heighten the intensity of desire. Use generously and feel the passion rising. Pure Passion Aura Mist is a warm, sensual blend of Patchouli with exotic floral Jasmine.
Use Fire Aromatherapy Body Lotion to evoke love, passion and sensuality. Fire fuels confidence, passion and creativity. Fire Aromatherapy Body Lotion is sensual and empowering. Sandalwood will encourage faith and trust, while Moroccan Rose opens the heart and raises your vibration.
As the sun grows hot and bright
And the year-wheel slowly turns.
The veil thins on Beltane night.
And passion’s fire brightly burns.
Arise in lust and join the dance
‘round the maypole one by one
And as the cup is pierced by lance
The holy union has begun.
Leap across the blazing flames
To bless the coming year
The Eastern Gate now opened wide
And through; the Fae draw near.
Those who shine as stars below
Now dance in revelry
In forest, city, town, and grove
By human eye unseen.
We raise a toast on Beltane night
And make our offerings
To elves and faery, shade, and sprite
Within the sacred ring.
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