Thursday, 26 April 2012

Full Flower Moon and Beltane 2012

Another Full Moon is on it's way, May 6th, the Flower Moon in Scorpio....... very.interesting indeed

Full Flower Moon – In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

What is Beltane/Bel-teine ? 
An ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day.

Again, going back to my ancestral roots, I'm.totally at one when it comes to do with anything regarding the Celts and Mother Earth. I feel that the festival of Beltane flows straight through my bloodline.So for the uninitiated here is a brief outline about this special, mystical festival..

Beltane honours Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak King, as Jack-In-The-Green, as the Green Man, falls in love with her and wins her hand. The union is consummated and the May Queen becomes pregnant. Together the May Queen and the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage (or Heiros Gamos), the union of Earth and Sky, and this union has merrily been re-enacted by humans throughout the centuries. For this is the night of the Greenwood Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action. And have some fun.....

Traditions of Beltane

Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word 'Beltane' originates from the Celtic God 'Bel', meaning 'the bright one' and the Gaelic word 'teine' meaning fire. Together they make 'Bright Fire', or 'Goodly Fire' and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun's light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community. Bel had to be won over through human effort. Traditionally all fires in the community were put out and a special fire was kindled for Beltane. "This was the Tein-eigen, the need fire. People jumped the fire to purify, cleanse and to bring fertility. Couples jumped the fire together to pledge themselves to each other. Cattle and other animals were driven through the smoke as a protection from disease and to bring fertility. At the end of the evening, the villagers would take some of the Teineigen to start their fires anew."

The largest Beltane celebrations in the UK are usually held in Edinburgh. Fires are lit at night and festivities carry on until dawn. All around the UK fires are lit and private celebrations are held amongst covens and groves (groups of Pagans) to mark the start of the summer. However, you can celebrate the Fire Festival on May 6th, at Thornborough Henge near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

 Beltane - Fire festival 

1 comment:

  1. most enlightening L! Good stuff.

    To add to the diversity of the subject, may I add that the May full moon 2012 is a perigee moon (closest and therefore biggest Moon of the year - 16% larger than the norm). Much more gravitational force will be applied the Earth's crust and this may produce a period of greater than normal seismic events (a theory which is being closely monitored Worldwide this month).

    The May full moon also means Nightjar migrate to this part of the World (yippee - my fave beast cos they're magical and mystical and nocturnal and difficult to track down).

    This Full Moon also wakes up the hibernating Loirs in our roof and walls. Their mating/social screeching calls would wake the dead!

    So this Moon is VERY important for so many reasons. Hoping I can gaze at the glory. Weather forecast doesn't look good though :-(