Beltane marks the third of three spring festivals in the Pagan tradition. As the days grow longer, Beltane is a time to celebrate the arrival of summer and the return of fertility to the land—a time to rekindle youth and sensuality. Pagans work with fire to celebrate Beltane which roughly translates as ‘bright fire.’
After months of huddling near hearth fires to keep warm from winter’s snow and ice, ancient communities celebrated Beltane by gathering in the village commons to dance around the brightness of bonfires. The hearth fires at home were extinguished and rekindled with flames from the Beltane fires.
The return of fertility to the land reminds us about the importance of wildness. Intimacy with our wild self opens up fresh edges for connection with mystical experience and overflows into vast reservoirs of creativity and intelligence in the world. It also helps us take our place in the inherent wildness of the natural world.[Read more…] about Dance with Fire