Celebrating Beltane // The Wheel of the Year
When I first began celebrating the seasons in line with the wheel of the year I never imagined the ripple effect it would have on my life as a whole. Checking in this way has made me more aware of how I can align my life to reflect the waxing and waning energies of the seasons and be able to channel that to manifest my intentions.
As spring swells up with life, we are greeted by the fertile energy that is the essence of Beltane. While the earth vibrates with vitality, it’s essential to tune in so that energy can be harnessed. This time last year I set intentions to focus on growth in my relationship and manifested a new home for our family. A new space with room for us to spread out was critical for our wellbeing. You’ll hear me talk about the energy of the home and the importance of that space being sacred so much here at WMH, I truly believe it and am also familiar with the in-between. Becoming aware of the connections between situations will helps to identify how to make peace with them and determine what needs to be changed. Tapping into the frequencies of the wheel of the year and timing accordingly will helps strengthen and root my intentions even deeper.
Beltane is a highly potent time for fertility, not just for making babies, but for birthing all sorts of creative projects. The earth is bursting with life force and energy, last year I channeled that energy into finding a new space and this year I’m channeling that energy to expand Waxing Moon House. ꩜ Birthing new ideas, unfurling and challenging myself creatively. Allowing myself to be vulnerable. This blog is my Beltane baby.. in the newborn stage and growing day by day.
To celebrate the season and lay the ground work for growth I have a few activities planned around May Day. As one of the fire festivals it's only fitting to work with candle magick. Each time I visit my altar during this time I will carve my intention (a single word that sums it up) into a tea-light and burn it completely. Flowers, faeries, fire and fertility are the prominent themes of the moment for the altar.
I recently woke up the garden and have been leaving small offerings such as crystals, seeds and cookies for the local nature spirits. The faeries love to be spoiled while remaining invisible yet still the center of attention. Having their cake and eating it too, I suppose. Either way, I make my offerings and in return they offer their help and I don't ask questions.
It is my dream one day to have more land and steward it aligned with the way nature intended and dance around a May pole with my partner to awaken the earth - but for now, a mini May Pole wand is in order. A simple craft that can be done with children, gather a stick for a pole and any ribbon like materials as well as a hot glue gun. Adorn the top of a collected stick or dowel with ribbons, yarn, strings and ripped fabric. Secure embellishments with hot glue and let set overnight before using. Dance around with your May Pole wand outside and twirl the ribbons around! Floral crowns are another favorite spring craft and are almost guaranteed to make you feel like a faery.
On the day of Beltane, a feast is in order. A tablescape of ignited candles, scattered flowers and shiny stones ready to be set with a spring green salad, homemade bread, lemon and rosemary roast chicken with fresh vegetables and Beltane cakes for days. *Recipes coming next week, fear not!
By celebrating in these ways and organizing activities and rituals around the energy of Beltane it's simple to get in sync, fertilize ideas and bask in the beauty of the nature as she wakes up.
Let me know in the comments below how you are honoring the turning of the wheel and make sure to follow us on instagram @waxingmoonhouse for everyday magick as the seasons shift.