Celebrating fertility, rebirth, and the life force.
Happy May Day or, as Celtic and Pagan cultures refer to it, Beltane. This holiday has been celebrated throughout Europe going back to Roman times as the midpoint (cross-quarter) between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.
Along with its opposite on the wheel of the year – Halloween – this day was considered by the ancients and some modern observers as one of the two times each year when the veil between our world and the spirit world thins.
Beltane is a Celtic fire festival that celebrates both the rebirth of the world around us, since the beginning Spring six weeks earlier, and the life-force within us. Observance involves noticing the small things that bless our lives every day, understanding their fleeting nature, and finding the joy in it all.
May Day is a celebration of fertility and the color and life that has now returned to the Earth. It is a celebration of warmth, positive energy, and the coming abundance of summer.
Power hack:What can those of us who don’t celebrate this day religiously take from these celebrations and apply to our lives?
Pay close attention to and enjoy the way the Earth has come back to life. Feel yourself coming back to life. Stop and smell the flowers…literally.
Feel the warming sun on your face and the fresh green grass between your toes.
Notice the small blessings that fill your life and the people who share them with you.
Consider, as we discussed in the Easter post, the power in this motif of rebirth and new life. Look for ways to use that metaphor in your life and endeavors.
Become very conscious of the life-force that courses through you and everything and everyone around you.
Absorb the positive energy of this time. Life is at full force and death has been conquered.
Some may be uncomfortable with playing too much into these celebrations for religious or scientific reasons. I’m a fan of making use of anything that comes your way to remind you of the power of the natural world and your connection to it. You don’t have to be Wiccan or Celtic to see the good in that.
Have an amazing day and thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read the blog!
My black lab, Mia, and I were out for an early walk this morning during a moderate rain shower. The rain of the past week has greened things up nicely here in New England. I always take my phone on our walks because you never know what you might catch.
One of my weird photo addictions is taking close up photos of objects with fresh rain drops glistening on them. This morning provided the perfect opportunity for indulging.
It’s a good reminder, as much ugliness, chaos, and negativity as there is in the world, that beauty and miracles are right here, right now, and all around us.
Since we won’t have many more chances to capture the beautiful winter scenery in Massachusetts, I braved the knee-deep snow in the woods this morning. I was richly rewarded with this moment of a coyote walking down the frozen bed of the Sudbury River.
I am one with the forest. Being among the trees, I am completely grounded. Being with the trees, I am reminded to reach for the sky.
Few things are as affirming and restoring as a little time in nature. I have always had an affinity for the great forests of the Pacific Northwest…at least from afar. They have always been a place of mystical magic to me. Where I’m from in Kansas, a forest is three trees clumped together. But in Oregon, they have real forests and real magic.
My wife and I visited Oregon last fall with some friends. We were fortunate enough to capture some magic moments of sunbeams filtering through the trees in the morning. I’ve put these photographs together in a video collage.
May it affirm and restore you today.
Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
We live on an amazing planet. It is full of beauty and diversity to treat the senses. I found this wonderful video on YouTube tonight highlighting our planet’s majesty. The music matches the imagery to create six minutes that will get your day off to a fantastic start.
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
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