When the Sun travels through Taurus, Spring has reached its fertile peak. Trees are lush and green, flowers bloom, and the birds wrestle meals for their youngsters from moist ground. The air smells fresh, clean and “green.” This is the time of year for all of us to take a moment to appreciate the gifts of Mother Earth, both for the richness of her bounty and the home she provides. As the most pleasure-loving sign of all, Taurus is expert at enjoying all those wonderful experiences that make life inside the human body so delightful. This sign loves to indulge in good food, listen to sweet strains of music, and sit in awed silence as yet another sunset slowly fills the sky with color. The ancients danced their fertility rites on this day, taking pleasure in the sensual, fruitful touch of each other’s bodies, another delight in the union of the Goddess and the God provides. Whether you dance around a Maypole or simply partake of a divine feast with friends at this magical time, be sure to revel in your body, the divine instrument that allows you to sample the wonders of our planet.
Copyright Kim Rogers-Gallagher Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2000
Ostara to Beltane
The advent of Spring Marks the turning of the year, when hours of daylight begin to outnumber the hours of darkness again. New growth emerges around us and we experience renewed energy and hope, while fertility becomes the focus of the animal and human world and is also seen in the reawakening of the earth and the flora it sustains. Because the sun returns to our lives at the Spring Equinox. It is associated with the color yellow.
—The Wicca Book of Days
From the web site Deviant Art. It does not have any more information on this topic but I liked the look of this wheel and the short explanations given. Below is the link I got this from:
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Tags: Beltane, Imbolc, Lammas, Lilith, Mabon, Northern Hemisphere, Ostara, Samhain, Wheel of the Year, Yule
No way am I glad it is Friday, lol! I hope everyone has a very nice and blessed Beltane. Hopefully you didn’t celebrate to hard. I got to thinking this morning about Beltane and what it means. We all know it is a season of fertility and renewal. With that thought of renewal in mind, I ran across a Celtic Invocation that renews our pledge to our Divine Mother and Almighty Father. I believe it an appropriate way to start the day off. Enjoy!
Celtic Self- Initiation
I am mortal, loved and cared for by the
Triple Goddess and the Great God. Through
the Great Mother all things are born; to
her, all things, in their seasons, return.
Through her sacred cauldron, I enter and
leave this physical world, until by my
action I no longer must return to learn.
I, (your magickal name); come into this sacred
place willingly. I come to dedicate my life
to the Pagan way, to the Old Celtic Gods,
whose power is still strong and vital. Here
I give my word-bond to follow the ancient
paths that lead to true wisdom and know-
ledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and
give reverence to the Great God. I am a
Pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing
firmly balanced upon the Earth, yet open to
the winds of the heavens and enduring
through time. May the Old Celtic
Gods witness my words.
So Mote It Be.
Excerpt from Celtic Magic
Author D. J. Conway
Recipe by Scott Cunningham
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Sandal wood
1 part Woodruff
1 part Rose petals
a few drops Jasmine oil
a few drops Neroli oil
Burn during Wiccan rituals on Beltane (April 30th) or on May Day for fortune and favors and to attune with the changing of the seasons.
(The above recipe for “Beltane Incense” is quoted directly from Scott Cunningham’s book “The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews”, page 60, Llewellyn Publications, 1989/1992.)
Beltane Bannocks – Scottish Oatcakes
In parts of Scotland, the Beltane bannock is a popular custom. It’s said that if you eat one on Beltane morning, you’ll be guaranteed abundance for your crops and livestock. Traditionally, the bannock is made with animal fat (such as bacon grease), and it is placed in a pile of embers, on top of a stone, to cook in the fire. Once it’s blackened on both sides, it can be removed, and eaten with a blend of eggs and milk. This recipe doesn’t require you to build a fire, and you can use butter instead of fat.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1 1/2 C oatmeal
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbs. butter
- 1/2 cup hot water
Combine oatmeal, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Melt the butter, and drizzle it over the oats. Add the water, and stir the mix until it forms a stiff dough. Turn the dough out on a sheet of wax paper and knead thoroughly.
Separate the dough into two equal portions, and roll each one into a ball. Use a rolling pin to make a flat pancake that is about ¼” thick. Cook your oatcakes on a griddle over medium heat until they are golden brown. Cut each round into quarters to serve.
Traditionally, the Beltane bannock would have been made with meat fat, such as bacon grease, instead of butter. You can use this if you prefer.
By Patti Wigington
Breads seem to be one of the staple foods of Pagan and Wiccan rituals. If you can tie your break baking into the theme of the Beltane Sabbat, even better. In this recipe, use an uncooked loaf of bread (available in the refrigerated section of your grocery) and turn it into a phallus.
To make your fertility bread, you’ll need the following:
- 1 loaf refrigerated bread dough
- Melted butter
The phallus bread, naturally, represents the male. He is the horned god, the lord of the forest, the Oak King, Pan. To make the phallus, use one of your refrigerated tubes of dough. Cut the dough into three pieces – a long piece, and two smaller, rounder pieces. The longest piece is, of course, the shaft of the phallus. Use the two small pieces to form the testes, and place them at the bottom of the shaft. Use your imagination to shape the shaft into a penis-like shape.
Once you’ve shaped your bread, allow it to rise in a warm place for an hour or two. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until golden brown. When it comes out of the oven, brush with a glaze of melted butter. Use in ritual or for other parts of your Beltane celebrations.
Admittedly, the one in the photo is a bit… thick, but hey, use your imagination!