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Blessings to You All
for a Magical and Happy Beltane !

The celebration of May 1st,
 or Beltane is one of the
 most important festivals of the year.
The word Beltane literally means,
 "shining fire."
This is one of the most exciting festivals
of the Wheel of the year.
It is also one of the only holidays that
is usually celebrated in the light of day.
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The collecting of spring flowers is one of
the popular customs of this day.
 For thousands of years, people would go
 into the fields to collect the pretty
 flowers and exchange them.
Towns people would often proceed through
 the village streets putting flowers
on all the houses and buildings.
 People inside the homes would
offer them wonderful
 food and goodies to eat as sort of
a spring version of "trick or treat."

Another benchmark tradition of this
 holiday is the Maypole.
In tradition, a fir was used.
The young, unwed men would go to the forest and
return with the tree that would be
fashioned into the pole.
The pole was brought to the center of the
 village to be guarded through the night
 until the first day of May.
On that day, the people would come and dance
around the maypole clockwise to bring
 fertility and good luck.
Later, brightly colored ribbons were woven
around the pole by the dancers as they
wove around each other.
This symbolizes the balance of
masculine and feminine energies
and the duality of life.
The ribbons would then be removed and kept
 in a safe place to be burned in
the Beltane fires of next year.
This action represents the
old dying to give birth to the new.

Fertility is a central theme of Beltane.
 The people lived in close
connection with the Earth.
To have food to eat,
the crops and the beasts of the fields
 would have to be fertile.
 In the time of the ancients,
this was a life and death matter.
For this reason, we have a number of
holidays and rituals that are
connected with fertility.

Another fertility representation is the
custom of jumping the cauldron.
Couples wishing to conceive children
 will jump the cauldron together.
 Fertility of all areas of life are invoked
during this holiday .
This is the day for Everyone to laugh
 and banter about having
the most joyous of times!

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