Beltane Sunset to Sunset. April 30th – May 1st

Beltane honours Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak King, as Jack-In-The-Green, as the Green Man, falls in love with her and wins her hand. The union is consummated and the May Queen becomes pregnant. Together the May Queen and the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage (or Heiros Gamos), the union of Earth and Sky, and this union has merrily been re-enacted by humans throughout the centuries. For this is the night of the Greenwood Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action. And have some fun…..

Traditions of Beltane

Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community. Bel had to be won over through human effort. Traditionally all fires in the community were put out and a special fire was kindled for Beltane. “This was the Tein-eigen, the need fire. People jumped the fire to purify, cleanse and to bring fertility. Couples jumped the fire together to pledge themselves to each other. Cattle and other animals were driven through the smoke as a protection from disease and to bring fertility. At the end of the evening, the villagers would take some of the Teineigen to start their fires anew.” (From Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred) Green Man – Beltane

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Daily Horoscope Saturday, May 1, 2021

Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Capricorn.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Money issues matter to you today. Not only do you have strong opinions about financial matters and your possessions; if you’re thinking of shopping or buying something, you might be obsessed about wanting to buy it.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today you are interested in what is going on beneath the surface of things. You want to find out secrets or what is the bottom line. In a lighter vein, (your other arm), you will enjoy reading a mystery or even a horror story today.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your ability to ferret out secrets is fabulous today. You have a one-track mind and you won’t stop until you find what you’re looking for. (You’ll be like a dog with a bone.) You might also channel this focus to figure what’s going on inside yourself at a deeper level. “Who am I, really?”

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You might encounter someone today whose ideas have a big effect on you. (This could be a teaching moment.) This person might be a friend or a member of a group. Possibly, the reverse is happening, and you will have a profound effect on someone else? It’s a powerful day.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Discussions with parents, bosses, teachers, and the police will be powerful and to the point today. You might feel like you’re on the hot seat because somebody wants all the facts. This is a classic day for an interrogation. Maybe you want all the facts? An interrogation can go both ways.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You might try to convince someone to agree with your ideas about politics, religion or racial issues today, if so, you’ll be persuasive! Conversely, you might attract someone to you who is trying to proselytize or convince you to agree with them. (Maybe you should lighten up today.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Discussions about shared property, inheritances or insurance matters will be intense and to the point. However, your inquisitive mind might learn important facts? In turn, if you have to persuade someone to your way of thinking – you’ll be able to do this. (It’s an intense day.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

There’s an obsessive quality to your thinking today which is why you might be possessed by an idea or want to hammer home a thought when talking to friends and partners. It’s as if you just can’t let up. (It’s easy to be obsessed about things today.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You can be productive at work today because you won’t overlook anything. However, you will want to get your own way. This will apply to any task that you set for yourself today, including relating to pets. New facts about your health might also be revealed. It’s possible.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today because you are attracted to mysteries of all kinds, you will enjoy watching horror movies or crime stories or reading whodunit’s. You might also look for something that you’ve lost. If so, the chances of you finding it are excellent.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You might have great ideas about how to make improvements at home today, especially if these improvements involve taking something right down to the bare bones and rebuilding it. Actually, you might take this approach to a family relationship, as well.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You have the mind of a sleuth today, which is why you are intrigued by secrets or getting down to the nitty-gritty truth about something. You will also be highly persuasive and convincing when talking to others, especially because you might be obsessed about an idea.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Director Wes Anderson (1969) shares your birthday today. Even though you are strong willed and determined, you are easy-going and laid-back. People like you because you are positive, full of energy and have much joie de vivre. You also have an original take on things. Your year ahead will be more relaxed and quieter. You will learn more about your closest relationships and how you relate to others.

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