The Horny Holiday

Spring Has Sprung

This time of the year the grass is greening up, flowers are blooming, and animals are getting it on! It is half way between spring and summer solstices and the energy screams fertility and nature! So on May 1st we celebrate Beltane! This is a fire Sabbat and celebrates the joining of the masculine and feminine divine energies.

The Sacred Marriage

The mythology behind this celebration starts with the Maiden Goddess (May Queen). She has reached her peak of fertility and is ripe for the picking..hehe. Then comes along the young Green Man (Oak King) and he falls deeply in love with her and can’t spend another minute without them being bound for eternity. So there is a handfasting and they are quick to consummate their marriage. Soon after, the May Queen is with child and the cycle of life moves on to the next cycle! This is what we are celebrating; the joining of the Earth and the Sky, as above so below. This time of year is about balance, new beginnings, and getting it on!

Correspondences

Colors: brown, green, pink, white, yellow

Herbs: lemon, mint, mugwort

Trees: Birch, Oak, Hawthorn

Flowers: daisy, ivy, rose, violet

Crystals: emerald, rose quartz, carnelian, amber, malachite

Animals: bees, cows, doves, frogs, rabbits

Oils: jasmine, lemon, pepperming, rose, ylang ylang, pine

Fire

Fire is a large part of this celebration, representing the Sun and the new season. Bonfires are lit and it is traditional in the past to jump over it for purification and blessings. But, please do not jump over a fire!!! Just having a fire is enough to celebrate. Candles are often lit to celebrate Beltane that are placed on an altar or sacred space. Please don’t forget to safely extinguish your candle or bonfire once the celebration is over!!!!

May Pole

The May Pole is a old tradition and signifies the joining of the Goddess and the God; the masculine and feminine energies. The pole is supposed to have a ring at the top representing the Goddess and the pole represents the God, super phallic symbology. Then ribbons are attached to the top of the pole and wrapped around in celebration of their union! If you can’t take part in this tradition, I like to wrap a stick I found fallen from a tree with ribbons during my Beltane celebration.

Be Safe

I just want to remind everyone to be safe when celebrating! Be respectful to nature, to each other, and to the fire you are celebrating with. Make sure you properly and completely extinguish your bonfires and candles! Also, you don’t HAVE to get it on on Beltane, there shouldn’t be any pressure from yourself or others to partake in that part of this celebration!

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