Celebrating May Day doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are 5 quick and awesome ways you can celebrate the ancient holiday of Beltane.
Beltane is upon us, and the fairies are out in full force! Indeed, this is the point on the Wheel of the Year when the veil between the human realm and the realm of the fae is as thin as it gets.
Beltane – which falls on May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and is also known as May Day – is a a time of fun, fertility, abundance, sensuality, romance, celebration, and purification. And while you can certainly build a bonfire and drum or dance the night away if you so desire, even a brief ritual of magic or devotion can have a powerful resonance, and can transport your consciousness into the realm of the sacred. With that in mind, here are five Beltane ritual and celebration ideas that you can fit into even the busiest schedule.
Easy Beltane Idea #1: Make a candle bonfire.
Beltane bonfires are traditional ways to purify by burning away the last remnants of winter and turning stuck energy into vibrant power and life. To perform the same energetic action in miniature, place a red pillar candle on a plate and arrange naturally shed twigs and fresh blossoms around its base. Light the candle, breathe deeply, and send your consciousness into the center of the flame, feeling/seeing/sensing the fire burn away all old unnecessary conditions and stuck energy into beautiful, radiant light.
Easy Beltane Idea #2: Dance wildly.
Find a song that fills you with equal parts joy, wildness, and sensuality. Then blare it loudly and dance, being as silly and free as possible. Make sure hip shaking and pelvis grinding is involved. And fairies love laughter, making it perfect for Beltane, so if you make yourself laugh in the process, that’s extra credit.
Easy Beltane Idea #3: Make a faerie offering.
This Beltane, celebrate your interconnection to the web of all life, including the life of the fairy folk, also known as the aliveness and consciousness within all of nature. A handful of birdseed can be an excellent offering to the fae, as can tumbled or faceted crystals, shiny coins, and beer, ale, or champagne in walnut shells. Also check out these 9 Delightful Things You Can Leave as Fairy Offerings.
Easy Beltane Idea #4: Purify your threshold.
Beltane is a particularly powerful time for purification, and doorways are also very much in alignment with this expansive and transitional time. As such, smudging your front door with white sage, desert sage, or palo santo, washing it with warm water into which you’ve added essential oils like spearmint or cedar, or misting it with a smudge spray, can be an excellent way to purify your life and attract beautiful blessings and opportunities.
Easy Beltane Idea #5: Engage in a pleasure ritual.
Sensuality and pleasure are in Beltane’s domain, and taking even a short moment for it can reap wonderful, lasting benefits. Mindfully eat a delicious chocolate bar, revel in walking barefoot across a lawn, or anoint yourself with a romantic essential oil blend and lose yourself in its scent.
What do you think of these ideas? Did you try any of them? Do you have your own to share?