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Beltane Essay (1)|
Posted: May 4th. 1999
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I am just your average housewife, with the same trials and tribulations as anyone else. I cry, am happy, sad, and laugh just like everyone else. So why is Beltaine so special to me this year? I am celebrating the blessed Union of the Goddess and the Great Horned One, for the very first time!
Now some of you might be saying, "And your point is...?" Well, as I figure it, you can only celebrate something for the first time once, so I am going to celebrate it the best way I know how: with my family. That's right, no fancy party, no hype, just me and mine.
I am fairly new to Wicca, as I was raised Catholic and don't have the "blood lines'" some feel are so important to being Wiccan. And I don't follow a certain way or belong to a coven, as I feel more comfortable being solitary. But I have read many, and I do mean "many", explanations on what is the most important aspects of Beltaine. I could quote many authors who say do this, or don't do that, but that is for another time.
Beltaine is a time of new beginnings, of celebrating new ventures, and new starts. It's the time when we celebrate the coming together of the Goddess and God. We rejoice in the new life around us, the coming of summer. We revel in the new flowers and fauna, and we bask in the love of the Lord and Lady.
Beltaine is a fire feast, and where there is fire, there is also passion. Many of us remind ourselves of that with our spouses or significant others, reenacting the roles of the Goddess and the Great Horned One in the act of consummation. Others put stock in the old ways, gathering Fernseed to put under pillows and dream of their true love. However you do it is up to you.
My children are getting involved with it as well. They are little, so they only understand that we are celebrating it "getting Summer" as the 3 yr old puts it. Children are like spring plants, they are always growing and need nurturing to help them become the best they can be. My husband is pagan as well, but not Wiccan. He understands that what I do makes me whole as a person, so he has no objection to what I do.(actually, he enjoys it, but won't admit it)
I will cook up a storm on April 30th, with all kinds of goodies like Sunshine Cookies, Moon Crescent rolls, Veggie lasagna, and the like, but no meat. (hubby NOT happy about that)
I will plant my garden that day, and work in the yard. I will feed my family a wonderful feast, and take a ritual bath. (Complete with candles, herbs, and the like) I will light my Beltaine fire and feel the Love of the Goddess and the God, and maybe even have a "private' celebration with the other half.
Beltaine is for new beginnings, and we all have different ways of celebrating. But as for me, this Beltaine will remain very special to me in my heart.
Bio: My name is Margaret Williams. I have only been Wiccan for 2 years, but have studied for years before choosing my path in life. I don't have a college degree or a doctorate, but I am a published poet with poems published on the web and in books. I am a house wife/mother/wannabe computer geek/ and an amateur herbalist. I am 30 yrs old. and am a solitary/eclectic witch.
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