While speaking with a family member recently, I casually mentioned the beginnings of Beltane/May Day and the spiritual symbolism of the maypole, dressing in white, etc. I was taken aback by her fascination with the information. In college, younger versions of Tree and Mermaid taught the origins of all the holidays. I have recounted the story so many times that I forgot how many more times I should keep telling it. Eventually, it began to feel like common knowledge amongst my core social circle. It managed to slip my mind just how many people out there do not know these things…and how many of them would find them interesting.
Instead of retelling my run-down of the historic and spiritual origins of this fire festival, I found a really good article on BBC’s website. Click HERE to go to the online article in their Religions section to find out about the beginnings of Beltane as well as how modern Pagans generally celebrate.
Even if you do not generally follow an earth-based spiritual path, I suggest finding a maypole to dance around or a grassy field in which to frolic today. Light a candle and ponder the true abundance around you. Give thanks to the Universe for all of the love, in its many forms, that exists in your life.
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