Merry meet! I’m Patricia Gardner, High Priestess of the Dragon Warriors of Isis and I would like to share some information about pagan/wiccan beliefs.
Let me tell you about Beltane:
Beltane / May day is the 1st and 2nd of May. Known as a Greater Sabbat/holiday. It is a fire and fertility festival. Back in the day, ( though some covens still do ) they would dance around the Maypole. Its a fertility rite for life and crops. To us it is also known as The Great Rite, or the marriage of the Goddess and God. So, from vernal/spring equinox till the end of April, some of us talk to the plants and trees to wake them up so they will be dressed in all their glory for the marriage.
From midnight the night before until after ritual we fast to purify ourselves before entering circle.unless you have a medical reason or are to young to fast.This Sabbat is to celebrate new life, and to bless the land for the crops that year. We try to have it outside so we can have a bonfire. It is also to celebrate the marriage and new life to come from that union. During ritual we also have whats called libation. This is usually bread dipped in herbs and oil and sparkling cider.though some covens use wine or mead.
The ritual consists of thanking the Goddess and God for our bounty and blessing received, and those to come. Our rituals are to celebrate life and the turning of the wheel, also called the wheel of the year.which means the changing of the seasons.
Next month I will tell you about Summer Solstice. So..until then …Merry part til we Merry meet again.