Well here we are at Beltane, the magickal season of love and mayhem!
Mayday is upon us, the Maiden Goddess has become the Goddess of Love, and She looks to the Hunter for Her mate; Cerrenunos the God of the Wildwood will watch with Her as the new morn awakens on 1st May.
Years ago young people would have stayed out all night on Beltane eve, so that they could gather the Hawthorn Blossom and be the first to bring it into the home, it must have been a magickal night of love, adventure and fun. The Beltane Fires would be lit, food and ale would be passed around, young women would find their mate, young lads could at last approach the young lass that they had their eye on. Love and laughter would abound, what a glorious way to celebrate the coming of Summer!
Although I am certain that it was not a night of innocence, yet I am saddened that in our modern world we have lost that simplicity that belonged to the olden days, the joy of being on the land, the simple pleasure of bringing in branches of Hawthorn to adorn the home, the simple joy of being young, the amazing joy of love that is the gift of the Goddess of Love!
Here at Hedgewitch House, I have been watching for the first signs of blossom on the Hawthorn at the corner of our road, this time last year its boughs were heavy with blossom, this year leaves are just beginning to shoot, I am hoping that with another day of Sun the blossom will burst in time for me to bring it into the house for our Beltane Celebrations, it wouldn't be the same without its sweet heady scent in the home.
The season does seem to be late, but the plants will soon catch up, Mother Nature never lets us down, and Her body will soon be full of Her abundance.
At this Season of Beltane I wish you much love and happiness.