Beltane is a cross-quarter holiday within the Wheel of the Year that sits halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is also known as May Day because it is celebrated from sundown on April 30th through the 1st of May. 

Beltane celebrates the peak of spring and the flowering of creation. It represents the divine feminine and divine masculine energies coming together during a time of fertility and vitality. We can see this creative energy represented in nature with an abundance of flowers and trees in bloom and animals being birthed or brought to pasture.

The word Beltane originates from a Gaelic word meaning “bright fire”. In pagan tradition, Beltane is a fire festival, and bonfires were lit at dusk to honor the sun’s vital energy and celebrate the flame that unites us all. Some other activities for this holiday include flower crown making, maypole dancing, and of course sex.

Energetically speaking, this is an active time of the year that is linked to the heart chakra. We might be focused on bringing more love into our lives or perhaps giving love to our desires, goals, and creative endeavors.

Beltane is my second favorite holiday. But this year it feels so bitter-sweet. I can feel and see the world coming alive around me and yet I’m overwhelmed with grief as I accompany my father in the last days of his life. At the same time, I can also feel this strangely beautiful portal of expansion as I sit squarely between such polar opposite energies. I don’t have words for it yet. I know this loss will change me forever and so I’m just doing the best I can to be present in the pain and sorrow. I’m so, SO grateful for my dear friends who’ve stepped in to support me through this difficult time.

I hope you all get to experience some joy and passion this weekend. Sit by the fire, feast with friends, make room for love and honor the flame that connects us to this earth and to each other. 

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