Beltane: Fertility & Fire
Beltane bonfires and May Day festivals are held on this day to mark the halfway point between Ostara (spring equinox) and Midsummer (summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere. Woohoo! Summer is on its way!
There are dozens of Beltane customs still prevalent in many cultures and covens worldwide, but perhaps most notable is the May Pole. It’s variations include a pole or tree with red and white ribbons attached to the top, woven around by dancers.
I have my grandma’s recipe for goat’s milk cream pie, which she made every year for Beltane, along with hand-rolled beeswax candles. Unfortunately, I didn’t know until after she passed away that bees and goats were among the many symbols of Beltane.
It's perfect weather for a campfire beneath the stars, to gather friends, sings songs, and maybe have enjoy some gooey s'mores. :-)
Author of The Recollection of Trees book series. Fifth generation intuitive. Kitchen witch. she/her.