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Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby Xiao Rong » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:04 pm

Hi folks, it's getting closer to Beltane! It's my favorite Sabbat, and I love planning for it in advance. I feel like my coven celebrates it for a whole month, most of the time -- we usually do our private celebration in early May, and then there is a local Pagan non-profit that holds a little Beltane mini-festival on Memorial Day weekend. This year, I'm also helping with an interfaith Beltane celebration on April 30, so that will be interesting (it's indoors, so that has some inherent challenges).

How about you all? Got any plans? What's your favorite way to celebrate?
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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby TwilightDancer » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:14 pm

I typically do a bonfire. I also harvest flower petals to use throughout the year in spells and rituals.

The menu will be heavy on the salad side.
To drink will be white wine with sliced strawberries and raspberries.
Lady stir your cauldron well, chant your words and sing your spell
Come and taste of the cauldron's brew and magic she will give to you

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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby SnowCat » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:59 pm

I think I need to plan a remembrance for the ferries who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I've had a stressful few months in that regard.

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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby moonraingirl » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:22 am

Here, girls and women are subjected to this pagan torture :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGDJ_dzkUho Fortunately, I was never watered by bucket, only by a glass or spray :mrgreen:
In my area, women are also spanked like this
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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby moonraingirl » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:28 am

Easter eggs are also very important here. They are called kraslice from krásny=beautiful. In this video you can see a woman showing traditional techniques https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qd6IYf_n7E. Although of course most people can't make them as beautiful as she can, most families still decorate eggs at home or buy professional ones from farmer's markets. In my family, we have some bought but always decorate some ourselves too.
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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby TwilightDancer » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:30 am

SnowCat wrote:I think I need to plan a remembrance for the ferries who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I've had a stressful few months in that regard.

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I'm going to plant some cat grass for Sparta, next to her grave. I think she would like that. If there was anything she loved when she was alive, it was eating any and all plants. Also, the bonfire pit is in the backyard near her so I will be spending some time with her throughout the night as well. I sure do miss her.
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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby smogie_michele » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:06 pm

It is my goal to get my entire house clean and organized before Beltane... It was supposed to happen before Ostara, but never did...

I want to made Orange and Strawberry bread to go on the side of a salad... and I am thinking that some prosecco may be in order.
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Re: Beltane 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)

Postby SnowCat » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:17 am

TwilightDancer wrote:
SnowCat wrote:I think I need to plan a remembrance for the ferries who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I've had a stressful few months in that regard.

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I'm going to plant some cat grass for Sparta, next to her grave. I think she would like that. If there was anything she loved when she was alive, it was eating any and all plants. Also, the bonfire pit is in the backyard near her so I will be spending some time with her throughout the night as well. I sure do miss her.


Sparta has been welcoming others who have crossed. I know she was there when Fiona crossed. I don't know how she felt about big smelly dogs when she was on this side, but she welcomed Fiona.

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