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Solar Rhythm: Beltane 2024

Beltane is the cross-quarter Wheel of the Year point following Spring Equinox. Also known as May Day, it marks the starting point of the turn toward summer. The flowers are in full bloom, and the days are definitely longer. Beltane, halfway around the Wheel from Samhain, celebrates the light life-giving portion of the cycle, while Samhain represents the dark time of year, and the dying away portion of the cycle. At both of these windows, the veil between the worlds is thin, so stay open for magical messages from the spirit realm.

Beltane is the starting point for the growing summer season. The young “sun” or “son” who was born at Winter Solstice has grown into a God and now becomes the partner of the Goddess in order to fertilize the fields for the abundant harvest. The Solar Fire God and the Earth Goddess unite now and bring forth life to feed the multitudes.

This union of Earth and Fire is essential for the growth of crops, so it is honored with feasting and ceremony to ensure the fertility of the land. Here, we celebrate the union of the Goddess and God, the great sacred marriage. Symbols and dances of sacred union and fertility abound. The dance of the May Pole, for instance, represents and celebrates the powerful union of the masculine and feminine principles. 

Each of us carries internally the two basic principles of masculine and feminine within our consciousness, and at this time of year you can find value in noticing how they are working together. Those two principles must join within you for any creation to come to fruition. Honor how they both work, and notice what they want to fertilize with their combined energy. If you'd feel called to work more deeply with your inner sacred marriage here's a post I did on receiving inner couple guidance.

In terms of your creations manifesting, Beltane marks the time when the energy swells to ripeness. Check on your intentions from the Winter Solstice. How is their growth progressing? Is there anything they need in order to be more fertile? Infuse your creations with the necessary energy, using ceremony, if possible.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle. 

Personal Action Suggestions for Beltane:

  • Honor the Goddess Flora and the flower realm. Create a May Basket of flowers to give to someone in need of care. Wear flowers in your hair or decorate your home with them. Plant flowers in your garden. 

  • Ceremonially honor the union of the God and Goddess within the masculine and feminine principles. Take time to internally connect with each of them through journaling, then ask what they want you to know. Is there something they are choosing to bring forth?

  • Honor the fairy folk. Leave a gift for them of honey and milk or little sweet treats. Thank them for all they do to create a beautiful world. Even the invisible world loves appreciation.  

  • Honor and celebrate your sexuality in a special ceremony. Decorate with candles and flowers and create a magic-filled time to enjoy a sensuous experience. 

  • Ceremonially dress in bright colors and patterns and honor the abundant beauty of the season. 

  • Follow an ancient tradition and wash your face in the dew on May Day morning to increase your beauty and good fortune. 

  • Elemental Journaling: Take the time to listen to each element and their message to you to heighten fertility for the active growing season. 

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Beltane:

  • Tune into the topic of fertility and ask yourself what would make your business more fertile right now. Write down any messages you receive and implement.  

  • Connect to your financial flow and sacred union. Ask internally if there are any places where you need to more effectively unite your feelings and actions for your finances to flow. 

  • Spend some time outside sitting on the ground connecting to the Earth Mother. Ask her what your business or professional life needs now in order to flourish. 

  • Create a simple ceremony to infuse fertile energy into your business desires and goals. 

  • Brighten your office with flowers. 

  • Spend time reflecting on your inner feminine; ask her what she needs to flourish in your business/profession. Then tune into your inner masculine; ask him what he needs to flourish in your business/profession. Now ask them both how they can better create together. 

  • Take a few extra hours off to enjoy this potent creation window. Relax. 

Elemental Guidance:

If you have an Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle, you may want to draw cards for additional guidance from each element and/or add insight from other decks. 

Give thanks to Earth and ask                                                                        “What do my creations need at this time from you to flourish?”

Give thanks to Water and ask                                                                        “What do my creations need at this time from you to flourish?”

Give thanks to Air and ask                                                                              “What do my creations need at this time from you to flourish?”

Give thanks to Fire and ask                                                                               “What do my creations need at this time from you to flourish?”

Give thanks to Spirit and ask                                                                           “What do my creations need at this time from you to flourish?” 

Now ask the unified field of all of the elements and Spirit for a unified message for what your creations need to flourish. 

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