Hello on the night of the full moon. Hopefully the clouds will disappear and we may see Her in Her splendour tonight.
Isn't it funny how different the energies of the full Moon are, and the effect that they have? Even if you can't see Her the energies are strong, not just during the night, but during the day too, and today has been no exception, the very air crackled with anticipation.
It is Beltane too, a time of love, and a time for hand fastings. Mr. Muggle and I are to be Hand fasted on 12th May, we have been together for nearly 23 years, married for 18 years, and now to celebrate my 60th year we are to exchange vows in the sight of the Goddess in a hand fasting ceremony. We shall declare our love for each other in our own words, and I can't wait to find out what Mr. M says, as he is a man of few words, but then I can talk enough for both of us. Can't wait too,to see the wand that he has made!
It is a good time to exchange vows, for at Beltane we celebrate the love of the God and the Goddess, and their union. It was customary for young couples to spend the evening before May day in the fields and woods, so that they would bring home the first sprigs of Hawthorn.
A festival, when the May Queen was selected amongst the young women, to represent the Goddess, and the May pole would be embedded in the earth to raise power to fertilise the land, where people would dance round entwining colourful ribbons, the May pole would remain until the next Beltane when the old pole would be cut and burned in the next years Beltane fires.
The name Beltane derives from Bel the ancient Welsh God, and Tane meaning fire: great fires would be lit, including healing and cleansing herbs, cattle and animals would be driven through the fires to cleanse and keep them well for the coming Summer, frail and sick people too would be brought to the fires to be cleansed and healed.
I managed to gather some Hawthorn for my altar, but there was not very much in bloom, last year there was an abundance, and the house was filled with its aroma. As little as there is I am grateful that I could place it on my altar to honour Beltane, and fellow Avalonians could be here with me to celebrate this wonderful time as the Wheel of the Year turns. Summer is a'coming in and we are thankful.. Blessed Be!