Beltane Blessings

Beltane doesn’t have to be all maypoles, bonfires and naked dancing. In fact, if you have nosy neighbors, those sorts of things can be downright hard to explain. Here are some suggestions for ways to honor the turning of the wheel while keeping it simple and discreet.

  1. Light a candle. Burn some incense. Shoot off some fireworks. Heck, cook something on the grill. This is a fire festival, after all. It’s time to turn up the heat!
  2. Do something to connect with nature, even if it’s just a walk in the park. If you can’t manage that, at least open a window and let some fresh air into your life.
  3. Plant a seed. Don’t be too literal about this. Sure, if you have space for a garden, this is an excellent opportunity to do some planting for future harvests. But you can plant metaphoric seeds as well – start a new project, take a class, make a plan. Anything that will yield a harvest of some sort down the road.
  4. Wear brightly colored clothing. Put a smile on your face, even if you don’t really feel like it. It’s time to shake off the winter blues.
  5. pancakePlay with your food. Eat something round and sunny, like oranges, or key lime pie. Make pancakes shaped like the sun. Drink lemonade.
  6. Find some quiet time. Breathe deep. Close your eyes. Step away from the hustle and bustle, and create a space within yourself for magic.
  7. Share your blessings. A May Day card or small gift, either shared in person or left anonymously, can really brighten someone’s day.
  8. Pick flowers. Put them in a vase, or make a small bouquet to hang on a door or window. Save one to stick behind your ear, or in a shirt pocket.
  9. Play some music. What songs remind you of summer? What music stokes your inner fires, and fills you with energy? Play that!
  10. Engage in acts of love and pleasure. ‘Nuff said!  😉

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