Beltaine, May 1

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Beltaine, also called May Day by many Christians. This
Sabbat celebrates the fertility and union of the Horned
God and the Goddess. At this time, life is renewing itself.
Birds and animals are mating. In the fields, newly planted
seeds are beginning to grow. Great fires are lit honoring
the fertility God Belenos. Some leap the fires to show
the exuberance of the season.

A Maypole is erected and bright ribbons are hung on it.
The Maypole, a phallic symbol, represents the masculine.
The soft colored ribbons are the feminine. The union of
the two symbolizes the union of the God and Goddess.
This is the time to fertilize your dreams with action. It
is legend that children conceived at Beltane were gifted
by the Gods. These children became known as

ball12.gif (1012 bytes)HERBS:

Honeysuckle, St. John's wort, Hawthorn, All flowers.

ball12.gif (1012 bytes)INCENSE:

Frankincense, Lilac, Rose.

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Green, Soft pink, Blue, Yellow.

ball12.gif (1012 bytes)DECORATIONS:

Maypole, Strings of beads or flowers, Ribbons, Spring

ball12.gif (1012 bytes)FOOD:

Dairy, Oatmeal cakes, Cherries, Strawberries, Wine,
Green salads.