Beltane Vs Halloween

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Some say that it’s Halloween soon. Well, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, it is totally NOT Halloween.  It is Beltane, – Beautiful Fire – the festival of fertility, summer & renewal.  Halloween is more like Samhain – the spooky start of colder weather, the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest and so on…You are naturally girding thyself for colder weather, dragging  out heaters etc: Pumpkins, scary ghostly themes, whatever. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere happy Samhain and many profound thoughts honouring those who have passed on into the next realm.

But Beltane is HOT.  The old Pagan festivals for Beltane involved – basically – random rooting around with a view to honouring Dionysus et al & it feels right, seasonally…less clothes, brighter weather, new beginnings sprouting all over the place. There are a few different schools of thought re when exactly Beltane is supposed to be celebrated. Some say it is the Full Moon in Taurus (or Scorpio if you are in England, America etc) which would mean November 3 this year.  Others say when the Sun is at 15 degrees of Taurus or Scorpio – May or Nov 15 this year and others say Oct 30/Nov 1.  I favour the latter because it is 8 degrees of Scorpio and thus my Midheaven which means i can claim spurious witchy-goo goo links to Beltane.

Actually, I have a party on Beltane – the Scorpio Sex Academic’s birthday. I intend to wait until the Moon has passed Pluto (this evening Sydney time) and suggest she organises a Maypole for everyone to dance around. Or, this being a southern hemisphere Beltane, a novemberpole. Something suitably phallic at any rate.  Other than that, you surely all know the Beltane rituals by now: Clean house, get flowers, plant something highly scented and impractical, get new undies, smudge/space clear, make optimistic summery vows, get drunk and have some sex. Ish.

Deities of Beltane, should you be interested: Venus, Ishtar, Freya, Priapus, Pan, Dionysus, Flora and any nature god/goddess.

 


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Trudy
Trudy

or was it…by accident!??LOL!!

Scorpio girl
Scorpio girl

Happy Beltane to all. It is a lovely hot day here (Australia) in keeping with the fire theme!

I am leaning towards the 3rd November being the actual day and we have a public holiday then (co-incidental but welcome!) and shall be celebrating the holiday, Beltane and my birthday. Bring on the bubbles!

Trudy
Trudy

came across this site by plain accident – loving it – also southern hemisphere – also birthday near as damnit to Beltaine – so trying to decide how to get people ‘un awares’ involved into my celebrations! any suggestions??? oh and my date is Saturday – getting soooo excited now!!

Aqua snail male
Aqua snail male

Not certain if any homage to Dionysius happens this weekend in Grafton but it looks like some tame dance steps honouring the Beltane vibe will occur:

http://www.jacarandafestival.org.au/

Check out the homepage pic on the left-most column:

“Maypole dancing in Market Square” Photo by The Daily Examiner

Jhainie
Jhainie

oops ‘divine’ not diving help..although the rain is intense here on tamb mountain this morning, so u never know 🙂

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

lol….

KNow what ya mean about “nothing there”.

Jhainie
Jhainie

Interesting read….Sweetpea thanks for your insight….i had an experience this morning while home alone and have just lit some candles and asked for some diving help to shine some extra light over the spirit that came by…..i was sat here and the entire wall of my house next to where i am sitting banged…such a load crashing noise i thought a car had hit the house….went to investigate and nothing…

i always feel energies more intensely during the Sabbats…

peace n love to all
Jhainie

Tones
Tones

Happy beltaine! I usually have a halloween party for my buffday, but I’m too busy doing folio until, like, the 22 of november. So I’ll have a beltaine party then. It’s gonna be ‘glam beachwear’ themed. Bikinis and ballskirts! Boardies and tuxedo jackets! And the random rooting to honour the gods, of course.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Halloween will be on a Saturday night this year in the Northern Hem. Just what we need. More nuts than ever will be out. For me, will be lighting some candles and keeping a good vibe. Children add to the innocense of it all, but some wicked things go on. Satanic rituals, etc. I had a ghost experience (think I might have mentioned it) last month and so still have some frankincense, myhrr, cedar and sage left. Will burn that on Halloween. Apparently, from what I learned due to a spirt in my bedroom, spirits most active around the time… Read more »

pegasus
pegasus

SweetPea, refer to my last post re Halloween..it’s Sat nite here as well…about hearing the crazies come out
over there!

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go

I have little monster fairy lights for my room and I bought new bed linen today (ooooo-er). Will crack it open for Beltane:)
I lack a little black book… maybe I should acquire one between now and then;)

Lark
Lark

Are Beltane preparation rituals the same as Halloween preparation rituals?

I mean really, get drunk, and have sex? In the Northern Hemisphere? But it’s so cold, and it just started snowing yesterday where I am. Can’t we just get drunk and then go to bed? 🙂

The lightly falling snow is beautiful though. I’m thinking a spirit circle would be a luvverly thing to attend at the mo.

3rams
3rams

U.P. , I dream of a root, let alone “Options”.
You are a lucky girl!

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

*riffling thru little black book for random rooting options next weekend*

lol.

aquaCAT
aquaCAT

Oh just had to share this from the Dior website, no frankincense but…

Fragrance Description of “J’adore”

Floral fruity bouquet An exceptional elixir, intense and sophisticated
YLANG-YLANG FROM THE COMORO ISLANDS
DAMASCENA ROSE
WOODY MILKY HARMONY

Aeris
Aeris

I’m celebrating Halloween up here in the Northern and have no idea what I’m going dress up as! Any ideas/

aquaCAT
aquaCAT

oops ‘summer’ tunes…haha

aquaCAT
aquaCAT

ooh a new flowery fragrant scent if anyone wants a tip is, “J’adore” by Dior. So deliciously light and layed with Ylang Ylang, Francincence + more.

C.B.A, I like the idea of some new sexy tummer tunes…any ideas??

Just found myself a lovely new lover in time for next weekends feast of bubbles and sensual delights.

Happy Beltane indeed. x

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

I’m happy for you to claim the Midheaven link, Mystic. And makes perfect sense. Personally I always thought it was Nov 1st, and that Holloween in Australia is actually Beltane-eve.

matthew-minerva
matthew-minerva

Am TOTTALY LOVING THE HALLOWEEN FEEL!
i stocked up on supplies this year – as im having a horror themed costume party at my place for my 15th. ALL COOL!

Beltane? COOL! right on it, i shall be getting a few new agie friends together on Nov 3rd Full moon for a Little Scorpio Spiritualism!
thanks again
matt

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

Matt, can I just say I totally envy your social life! Good for you! I love hearing your updates and how you are faring. Let us know how your halloween party goeth.

matthew-minerva
matthew-minerva

LMFAO i will ScorpintheSky – but as a saggo my bday’s in December 😛
I shall have a full report on the day lol! I’ll be sooo hyper that whole week!

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I don’t need a Halloween costume.

matthew-minerva
matthew-minerva

LOL! Im going as Sweeny Todd – coz i thought the film was hilarious and the combo of horror and musical was something i was totally new too so thats my pick!

Champagne Bearing Aquarian
Champagne Bearing Aquarian

So given that the next week is the official “Countdown to Beltane,” with a hat tip to Saturn into Libra, might I suggest adding to Mystic’s list of things to prepare to do for next weekend? I will be:

*Stocking up on the bubbles (natch)
*Looking for a flowery new summer scent (because the franckincense-based essential oil combo I whipped up frankly makes me smell like a church) Somehting with gardenia would do nicely…
*Making a sexy summer iTunes playlist
*Purchasing some sort of bronzer/shimmer product

And you?

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

I am looking for a new scent but lean toward the orientals. Even though its summer, since we’re honoring dionysus and sex that works right? I was thinking of my shopping list for the countdown week too CBA! We’re all in sync on this website! I wonder if it is affecting our cycles?? It’s my bday on 26 Oct, 2 degrees of scorp, and my midheaven is at 5 degrees of scorp. Any ideas on what this conjuction usually means? (I think it’s the conjuction sign??). Also have mercury at 7 degrees Scorp, and Uranus at 11. Pluto and Venus… Read more »

bluelibra
bluelibra

oooh yes!

aquaphobe
aquaphobe

love it….bring on the Beltane!

i’ve been hunting a new summer scent too…. wanting something with verbena in it (all zesty and summery) i ended up repeatedly trawling towards serge leutens Russe (all cinamony)…in the end settled for a zingy lime and coconut body wash….something about that scent evoking energy and fun (reminders of a bit of pick me up zesty lime…a little coconut sun lotion – or even better pina coladas…ahhhh)

…flowers and itunes playlist are in the works.

…random rooting around….hahahahaha….i’ll take anything i can get…hahaha

The Leo Socialite
The Leo Socialite

A good organic coconut or vanilla body lotion works REAL well and au naturel too. I have a really cheap hemp body lotion ($12) that people gasp at when they smell, beg me to tell them what i am wearing as it smells so amazing so i lie that i have some lady in milan who is famous to the cognathingie and that she makes it up for me. A secret formula, lol.
As for the rooting etc, pagan festivals are definitely more fun than the christian ones.

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