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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