In the Northern Hemisphere, Beltane (also known as May Day) is upon us! Derived from a Celtic word that means “bright fire,” Beltane is the time when the dark half of the year transitions fully into the light. This means it’s a liminal time, when the veil between the human realm and the realm of the fae is open. It’s a power point on the Wheel of the Year when the energies of purification, expansion, energy, light, and life have fully awakened and are gaining momentum.
If you’re wondering how to celebrate Beltane this year, here are 4 little spell and ritual ideas.
Drink (and Possibly Share) Chamomile Lemonade. Lemons and their gentle sunshiny energy are traditionally associated with Beltane, as are daisies (like chamomile, which is a type of daisy) and the color yellow (like both ingredients). Plus, fairies love daisies! So think of chamomile lemonade as the ultimate Beltane potion for aligning with the sweetness of springtime sunshine and this magical time of the year. (Here’s a recipe!)
Create a Simple, Super Magical Beauty Potion. Wake just before sunrise on Beltane. Just as the sun peeks above the horizon, capture a single drop of dew from a petal or leaf, placing it into a mister of rose water. Close the bottle and shake gently, consciously aligning the liquid with the magical energies of the morning. Thank the flower, the sun, and the fairies, and offer just a tiny bit of the potion to the earth. Throughout the rest of the year, mist your face, chest, and shoulders with the potion to activate and accentuate your divine beauty.
Throw a Flower Crown Potluck. Invite friends over and tell everyone to bring flowers and a simple frame for a flower crown (perhaps made of ivy or a faux vine from the craft shop). Then light candles, diffuse essential oils or burn incense, play festive music, encourage everyone to weave flowers into their crowns. Then dance! (Frolicking is important at Beltane, after all.)
Throw a Candle Potluck. Bonfires are traditional at Beltane, but these aren’t always possible or practical. So tell your friends to bring all the half-burned and extra candles they can spare. In a backyard or other safe outdoor area, gather all the candles and light them, then dance around it as your symbolic bonfire, letting its light and warmth (not to mention the combined magical energy of your friends) purify you and align you with the expansive, auspicious energies of the light half of the year.