One of my aims for this year is to learn more about the special days of the year following the Pagan calendar. I have always been interested in the changing of the seasons and the solstice, but I want to learn more. I plan to post on each special day this year with a reflection on what is happening in my garden and what I am up to.
Today is May 1st, Beltane the half way point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.
Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season, when livestock were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were held at that time to protect them from harm, both natural and supernatural, and this mainly involved the “symbolic use of fire” There were also rituals to protect crops, dairy products and people, and to encourage growth. The (often described as “the spirits” or “the fairies”) were thought to be especially active at Beltane (as at Samhain) and the goal of many Beltane rituals was to protect humans from these beings, as well as from human witches who may try to cause harm. Beltane was a “spring time festival of optimism” during which “fertility ritual again was important, perhaps connecting with the waxing power of the sun”. (Information from Wikipedia)
Noticing how my garden is growing and changing almost before my eyes
Feeling full of plans and energy for all aspects of my life
Wishing I could clone myself to tick more items off my to-do list!
Eating Clean and green (and lots of dark chocolate when no one is looking)
Wondering if we can afford to book a little summer holiday
Wearing sandles one day, woolly socks and welly boots the next
Listening to the chicks we hatched out two weeks ago cheeping in the garden
Drinking green smoothies and tea
Planning to start teaching photography again