Alternative Names: Beltaine, Bealtaine (Irish Gaelic), Bealtuinn (Scottish Gaelic) Cetsamhain (‘opposite Samhain’), Walpurgisnacht (Germany), and Roodmas (Medieval Christian).
Symbolism: The Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility in all things. A time of making things fertile.
Astrological Associations: 15 deg. Scorpio 9Southern Hemisphere), deg. (Northern Hemisphere)
Symbols: Maypole, Mayday baskets, bonfires, flowers, ribbons, flower crowns, fairies.
Food: Dairy foods, foods made with flowers, red fruits such as strawberries and cherries, green herbal salads, red or pink wine punch, maybowl (an icebowl decorated with spring flowers and filled with maywine), large round oatmeal or barley cakes (known as Beltane cakes or Bannocks), shellfish and other aphrodisiacs.
Drink: Red or pink wine punch, milk,
Plants and Herbs: Rose, elder, mugwort, mint, lily of the valley, foxglove, broom, hawthorne, almond, angelica, bluebells, daisy, marigold, frankincense, lilac, yellow cowslips, thyme.
Incense and Oils: Rose, sandalwood, frankincense, lilac, mint.
Colours: Red, white, green, yellow
Stones: Emerald, malachite, carnelian, amber, sapphire, rose quartz.
Animals: Bee, goat, cat, lynx, horse, leopard, swallow, dove, swan.
Mythical Beings: Faeries, Pegasus, satyrs, giants.
Associated Goddesses: All fertility, flower, song & dance, hunting, and virgin-mother Goddesses; Aphrodite (Greek), Artemis (Greek), Belili (Sumerian), Bloddeuwedd (Welsh), Cybele (Greek), Damara (English), Danu (Irish), Diana (Greek), Fand (Manx-Irish), Flidais (Irish), Flora (Roman), Frigg/Freya (Norse), Ishtar (Assyro-Babylonian), Rhea (Greek), Rhiannon (Welsh), Venus (Roman)
Associated Gods: All fertility, love, hunting, and young father Gods; Baal (Phoenician), Bel (Sumerian), Cernunnos (Celtic), Cupid (Roman), Eros (Greek), Faunus (Roman), Frey (Norse), The Great Horned God (European), Herne (English), Orion (Greek), Pan (Greek)
Altar Decorations: Lots of flowers, flower wreaths, ribbons.
Traditional Activities: Making Maybaskets, Maypole dancing, jumping bonfires, May Water activities as listed above, gathering flowers, enacting the Great Rite, blessing your garden by making love in it. Making (Rose Beads) beads.