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At peace with myself and the world… or at least headed that way

Beltane

Have a blessed Beltane and May Day.

A Year And A Day

Beltaine, Bealtaine, May Day, May Eve, Lady Day, Roodmas, Walpurgis Night

April 30th-May 1st

Beltane is a spring celebration that honors the fertility of the earth.  It’s a time of lust, passion, sex, fire, and abundance.

  • Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (Spring) equinox and the Midsummer (Summer Solstice). A cross-quarter festival.  Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer.
  • The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer.  Hence, the Summer Solstice on June 21 was Midsummer.
  • Beltane translated means “fire of Bel” or “bright fire” – the “bale-fire”.  Bel (Beli, Belinus, Belenos) is the known as the bright and shinning one, a Celtic Sun God.
  • Old Irish Beltaine/Beltine, Modern Irish Bealtaine, Scottish Gaelic Bealltainn.  The Gaelic name for the month of May.
  • Incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as…

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A Case for Drunken Holy Days and Gluttonous Sacred Rites

Interesting concept – I think I agree.

sometimesmagical

Siduri, Nin-kasi, Teshub, Aegir, Dionysus, Bacchus, Bast, Shiva, Pan—some of these names you’ve probably heard of. Some may be new to you (they were to me). What do they have in common?

They were all associated with alcohol or partying to some extent.

Whether they were the deity that passed down the knowledge of how to make beer or whether worshipping them brought with it the expectation of getting high, to one extent or another, they encouraged the occasional . . . debauchery.

In other words, to pantheonic people, partying was considered sacred too.

We don’t live in that kind of world anymore. Within Judeo-Christian culture, excess is met with guilt and shame. We’ve been taught that indulgence in alcohol, food, fun, etc. is all or nothing. Our “health” books are riddled with extreme diets. Our exercise programs are built on the idea of making people feel bad about their…

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In the Absence of Crones

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Have you ever tried to pick out who would be your favorite fictitious family? You create a family tree using characters from books and movies—the character that would be your dad or mom or brother if . . . you know, they were alive and it were possible to design your own family. It’s a fun project to try and can be eye-opening about the story characters that have stayed with you and what they mean to you.

I started the project a few weeks ago, starting with Gandalf and Dumbledore as my grandfathers (you know it’s the most awesome combination ever!). It was pretty easy to pick out tons of characters to whom I’d want to be related. In fact, too easy for the most part. My family tree currently has four grandfathers, two mothers, and more siblings than I’d ever really want in life.

There was only one…

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