Daisy chains and lilacs, champagne with strawberries and sweet woodruff, sun filtering into a field of young fern and bracken, a doe and her fawns peering out of the woods, a hint of chaos in the air…it is April 30, Walpurgis Night (the Night of the Witches), and we joyfully await the mayhem and passion of the coming day.
A celebration of fertility, Beltane is the time of the rut, when the King Stag races through the woods to join in marriage with the Goddess of Sovereignty.
Beltane is also a time of Faerie Magic (as is Midsummer) and the Queen of Faeries is represented by the Queen of the May. Along with her consort, she rules over the festivities and serves as representative of the Goddess.
The bonfire is an integral part of Beltane Festivities and although you can always celebrate indoors when circumstances dictate, the balefire on the hill is one of the oldest and most potent magickal symbols of the Sabbat.
Beltane is a time of chaos, of the wild energy and passion found in the Greenwood. Be careful when you walk abroad on Beltane night–you never know what you’re going to encounter.
(And it also happens to be our handfasting/wedding anniversary!).