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Parting the Veils of Beltane's Quickening
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The Great Wheel of the Witch’s year has turned once more and we find ourselves held within the magick of creation itself. The Sabbat of Beltane celebrates the sacred union of the God and Goddess and the potential for new life that is held in that act. The Goddess is the Maiden of Spring who is ready to take a lover. And, the God is the Youth, strong and potent in his fecundity. His gifts are those of the strengthening of the solar energies and, Hers are the response as lover and fertile womb for the quickening of new life.
Beltane is a joyous celebration of life, passion and the desire for the one to become two. It is a celebration of partnership and the sharing of the fires of new life that move throughout the realms of creation in all of its forms. We circle round the Maypole, the phallic symbol of seed and jump the cauldron’s balefire, enlivening the fertility within the womb of creation. We return to the lustiness of youth and allow passion’s flame to arise in our couplings. And, all the while there are the whispers of the parting veils between the worlds and the desire for the Greater Earth’s fertile energy to be used in union with the physical realm.
We speak of the parting of the veils at Samhain and the opening to ancestral wisdom, but there is another space of thinning between the worlds that occurs at Beltane. This is no coincidence given that Samhain and Beltane are reflections of polarized opposites seasonally and on the Great Wheel. The energy that is called forth at Samhain is that of communication with those who lay beyond our physical realms. We call to our loved ones and the guiding Ancestors to offer up their wisdom and sight of gnosis. It is this wisdom that will carry us through the darkening of the months ahead, the natural turning within and the introspection that holds within its womb the spark of Light that will be birthed at the Winter Solstice. If we are successful in connection, we emerge from this veiling with greater perspective and a little more knowledge of self.
As this energy thins, dissipates and then reforms in new manner it comes half wheel cycle to Beltane, where we now stand ready to receive the gifts of communion with the Greater Earth, its inhabitants and the creative source of what will be. These veils stand as the point of inception and quickening of what will move, expand and grow in its form; some of which will serve the manifest world and the remainder a gift of reciprocity to the Greater Earth. In its simplest form, I equate the parting of the veils at Beltane as those of new life that has yet to be. This is potential that is catalyzed by the act of creative union itself. The veils of Samhain are those of the realm of what has been. These cloak the mysteries of those who have lived the fullest expression of their manifest lives and are now additionally informed by the act of transmutation into another form.
As we celebrate Beltane, we call into presence the Fires of life and part the veils of the mystery of creation. These are the fires of consummate union, fulfilled by the union of God and Goddess, male and female. We see all around us, life awakening from its long winter sleep and the enlivening of the Maiden’s touch at the Spring Equinox. We felt the first stirrings of the veils thinning as the balance and integration of the equinox began its outpouring in the direction of sustaining and nurturing new life. The air surrounding now with a thread of warming sun’s light, the kiss of the God maturing as Youth, as tender buds and flowers coyly peeked out from branch and fertile ground. The land spirits harkened to the Maiden’s call and the air took on another layer of refined density, whether in wood or city’s concrete pavement.
The longing to return to nature, to be held in the embrace of lover and loved one grew stronger as life pushed towards this moment, this space of union that is Beltane. Parting the veils at this time is an opening to our natural and instinctual selves and the connection to the basic needs and desires that are the promise of continuation of species and the cycles of growth and evolution. We dance around the fires of a quickened womb and Maypoles of phallic intent that will provide the seeding for new life. We call to the Fae and Devas and Spirits of plant and land to witness and come join in our acts of creation, a longing of magick and the mundane to re-unite.
When we call upon our feminine or Goddess natures we empower those parts of ourselves that are intuitively based; that align with the heart and serve to nurture. These are the energies that give form to the flow of force. When we call upon our masculine or God-like nature, we open to the strength and primal instinct for survival. We yearn for that which aligns with the source of our courage and our connection with the density of the earth and its creatures. These are the energies of force that needs containment and direction of outpour.
As the two are combined and the energies of great force are held within the structure of creative form, the product is potent, deep and life changing magick. When we enter into the co-mingling of the masculine and the feminine powers, they are brought into a state of equality in need and intent. This is the magick of reciprocity as the firing of heart is infused with instinct towards right action and productivity. The child of this union is the igniting of the creative spark within; the inner chamber and gate that holds the mystery of our fullest potential and what may be brought into the manifest realm that will serve all. It is from this source of center that we part the veils and call to the realm of the Greater Earth; deepening an existing connection and knowingness that will inform all of our actions both physically and spiritually.
I offer a brief devotional that may be used at Beltane, or anytime you feel the need to experience the after-glow of union. May the God and Goddess bless your journey and may the mysteries of Beltane and its veils of quickening give birth to your true nature.
A Simple Devotional For Beltane:
Choose a space outdoors where you will not be disturbed. A wooded area is preferable, but truly anywhere that has natural life within it is fine. Take a moment to thank the energy of the space you have chosen and the land spirits that inhabit it. Sit on a natural surface within the space (rock, base of a tree, ground, etc..) and let your body relax into the cradle of support provided.
Take several very deep and long breaths and as you do so, visually scan your surroundings. Allow your gaze to come to rest wherever it is most strongly drawn. Take several more deep breaths giving your fullest attention to the space that attracted you. As you continue to visually connect to this space of intention, envision yourself as an outward extension of this point of focus.
Engage all of your senses in connecting deeply. Make note of what you are hearing, what you are feeling and the sensations that flow from this awareness. Now, close your eyes and imagine yourself moving within this space of focus. What do you perceive; what do you feel; what do you see? Simply allow yourself the gift of being fully present in this space that has called out to you.
Allow as much time as is needed and when you feel connected and informed by your experience, move once again to the space of observer, sitting with eyes open gazing out. What new perceptions and feelings have been birthed from your experience of union with what called to you? How may this experience be used?
Once again, scan your surroundings and make note of anything that you are now aware of that you had overlooked before. This includes, sights, sounds, smells, etc… Breathe deeply as you offer thanks to the strength of your physical form and the intuitive heart that found deeper connection. Give thanks to the parting of the veils of perception and the deeper awareness that was birthed from union with what called to you. As you continue through your day and the days to come, allow yourself to be quickened as life bursts forth and we move towards Mid-Summer’s fullness.
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