Monday April 30, 2012

Our Resident Witch

Blessed Beltane

Welcoming the sun back

Sorcha Kincaid, Wiccan High Priestess, Chilliwack

 

ost years Beltane is celebrated on the 1st of May (hence the name Mayday). This year however, many of us are waiting just a bit longer. On Saturday, May 5th, will be a full moon and a special time for Beltane blessings, worship, and ritual.

 

The full moon adds to our connection with The Goddess, which is already strong at this time.


This Sabbat has long been the most important fertility rite/celebration of the pagan Wheel of the Year. The ability of women to bring life into the world, and the close bond we share with The Lady in this gift, are central to the rites of Beltane. The Horned One is celebrated for his perpetual connection to Her, and the love that makes Her whole.

 

Beltane celebrations and rites may include Maypoles, leaping over Bel-fires, and a May Queen. Traditionally, livestock was carried/driven in between two Bel-fires for the blessing of fertility to be received and weddings were often performed at this time.


These are all fun ways to welcome the warmth of the Sun back into our lives, but many of us are solitary pagans. For those who are celebrating in your own way at home, there are lots of ways to welcome the blessings of Beltane into your life. Flowers, feathers, and fires are all great altar decorations. A small cauldron works well for the fire part.

 

Representations of your deities (Goddess and God) and symbols of fertility and prosperity should be included as well. Rituals written for solitary and group use are posted all over the internet for the use of others. They can be used as found or changed to suite your beliefs, deities, or needs.


Sexual pleasure, either by yourself or with a partner, is never more appropriate than at Beltane. It is at this time that we are celebrating the union of the Goddess and God, the holy pleasure that is Her rituals, and the fertility of the Earth and all it's creatures. "All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals".


Blessed Beltane to All!

 

Sorcha Kincaid is a practicing Wiccan High Priestess, a mom and works in Chilliwack. She's lived in town for many years and loves the city and surrounding countryside.

You can contact her by e-mail here for more details about the Pagan community. For more information on the local chapter of pagans visit: www.paganpathways.webs.com

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