A Merry Beltane

Tonight and tomorrow (in the northern hemisphere*) are the traditional dates for many of the major spring/summer festivals in modern Paganism. Beltane, Bealtaine, May Day,Floralia, Protomayia, and Walpurgis Night, to name just a few. This fire festival heralds the coming of summer and is a high holiday, a liminal time when the barriers between our world and the otherworld were thin. In many traditions and cultures it is a time of divine union and fertility.Here are some quotes for the holiday. “Beltane is a rural pre-Christian prehistoric tradition which saw communities come together after long winters of isolation,” [anthropologist Pauline Bambry] says. “It marked their connection n … [Read more...]