Happy magical lush late spring – early summer season of love and lust and life and wonderfulness to us all!
Hello Beautiful People,
Beltane is upon us!
Beltane is the season of early summer, when the land is greenest and the meadows, trees and hedgerows are lush with Blossoming. The birds and animals mate and the air is buzzing with life energy of the May Queen.
It is the festival where we celebrate the Great Goddess in Her aspect of Lover Goddess, She who makes our blood sing and our skin tingle. Hers is the orgasmic tidal wave of life energy running through the land at this season, filling every plant and tree, bird and land creature, woman and man, bursting into flower and blossom, colour and scent, bringing us out of our heads and into our bodies, wanting to honour Her and become one with Her. We recognise our connection to everything and recognise us being part of the Great Whole and of Her by the divine spark inside that is our individuality. It is this spark that originally came from Her and is She.
Traditionally at this season of the year we name Her as Rhiannon, Goddess of Love, Beauty and Sacred Sexuality, Epona, White Mare Goddess, Freya, Goddess of Sexuality, Sensuality and Valkyrie Swan Maiden, Loreley, Lady of Music and Surrender. She brings us Her gift of joy and ecstasy in our bodies, of feeling Her within, of surrendering to Her and to ourselves, of recognising her blessings of love, authenticity, beauty and sensuality in each other. We come together to celebrate Her and honour Her, in and with our bodies, and in doing so, meet Her and meet ourselves.
But the rain soaked the Soul Sanctuary and so we did our ceremony in the living room. We burned some incense and lit the new candle on my altar from my Flame of Rhiannon. My Beloved and I then stepped over to my Goddess shrine, renewed our vows and shared some chocolate hearts to symbolise the sweetness of our love, that Rhiannon blesses us with every day. Then we blessed each other and our Apple Daughter with Rhiannon's energy spray. It was so lush! We then had an abundant Beltane feast with our friends, followed by some wild and joyful dancing. Apple loved it, and my friend's little one year old daughter. My baby was happily asleep in his baby carrier, snuggled up against his daddy's chest. It was a lovely way to get grounded in our bodies for Beltane!
But what I find most interesting is how the sacred magical act is dancing. I have always thought that dancing was an integral part of Goddess ceremonies in the old days, not just to celebrate or entertain, but sacred in itself. In so many myths of so many cultures it seems to be imbued with creative powers.
In my personal experience dancing shifts energy in the body and therefore in my life. It also grounds me like nothing else, and really gets me into my body, which then is much more open to the Goddess and to the experience of an in the body experience of Her.
So this is my gift to myself this Beltane: I'll be dancing the next 12 nights- and see what happens!
All love, Joanne xxx