The Wheel Of The Year turns to Beltane

 

Beltane Blessings From Martine Alexis

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On the first day of May, the Wheel of the Year turns to Beltane

This day represents the very zenith of Spring and the start of Summer. It’s a very powerful time for us and The Earth.

Beltane is also known as May Day and is still marked around the world in many different ways. On the Pagan Wheel Of The Year, Beltane is primarily  a time when we celebrate sexuality, fertility and partnership

 

The Bel Fire

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The word Beltane has it’s name origins from from the Celtic God Bel- known as ‘Bright One’ combined with the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire.

One of the deepest and most profound ways that people would honour the ‘Bright Fire’ would be to light bonfires and pay tribute to the Sun, so that there would be light and nurture for the harvest.

The ring of fire would give light and protection for the rest of the year to those gathered together. People would- and still do-  jump the fire to cleanse, purify and and encourage fertility.Couples would join together and jump the fire as a pledge to one another.The smoke from the fire was seen as a protection from disease and to encourage fertility. All the livestock of a community was also driven through the smoke in a smudging and protection ritual.

 

  The Great Marriage

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Beltane marks the ‘Great Marriage’ of the Goddess and the God, the masculine and the feminine energies combining to bring forth fertility to the land.
The crowned May Queen and the May King are symbols of this Great Marriage.
This union has merrily been celebrated and adopted by humans throughout time.
This is the night of the ‘Greenwood Marriage’ a joyful celebration of sexuality sensuality, passion, vitality – and conception.

Handfasting

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Beltane is the most popular time for pagan weddings or Handfastings. This is the ancient and traditional way of betrothal in which a couple make vows to each other for ‘a year and a day’- after which they can choose to stay together or to part without any blame.
This way of joining together predates the notion of Christian weddings with their ‘death do us part’ energy and philosophy by many thousands of years. Nowadays, the length of commitment after a Handfasting is a matter of choice for the couple.
Handfasting involves tying the hands of the two people involved in a figure of eight during the ceremony and then later unbinding

 

handfast2Tying the hands together symbolises that the two people have come together and the unbinding means that they choose to remain together of their own free will.
Another tradition is ‘jumping the broomstick’ which goes back to time when two people who did not want or could not afford a church ceremony, would literally jump over a broom laid on the floor and their community then saw them as joined.The broom itself marks the ‘threshold’ to cross from an old life into a new one.

Dancing Around The May Pole

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People still love to wear May Day Crowns made of flowers on this day and the tradition continues of ‘maidens’ dancing in a circle around the Maypole.

The  flower crowns and the circle represent  the divine feminine/ female sexuality and join with the masculine phallic symbol of the pole to symbolise and celebrate fertility.


A Beltane Ritual

To mark Beltane and show you a way to bring it’s joyful energy into your love life, I’m going to focus on manifesting  love into our lives by showing you a simple colour candle ritual.

It’s essential to remember that when we’re working to reinforce or attract love energy we must  never  attempt to subvert the free will of others. Any energetic work we do which tries to manipulate others should not be attempted. This kind of intent is never going to end in success and can backfire.
What our intent needs to be here is one of to co-creating a strong love energy around us in a loving and positive way. This colour candle ritual can be used to truly help us attract the right person into our lives or to strengthen the love energy of an existing situation.
 
This is a ritual that is perfect to carry out on Beltane, this most powerful point on the Wheel of the Year for love, sensuality and fertility.
Here we’re using the power of the colour pink- the colour of the Heart Chakra and the traditional colour historically and culturally associated with love. By lighting candles we’re also bringing in the flame aspect of the Beltane Fire.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A calm space and time where there are not likely to be any interruptions at all

beltane120A pair of pink candles. These can be any type that you feel comfortable with, for example dinner candles, smaller pillar candles or even tealights.

The most essential thing is that the candles are a matched pair. You can  use Rose Oil to ‘dress’ your candles – or you can purchase rose scented candles.

Rose Quartz Crystals- they will need to be a pair but don’t have to match in size and shape. They can be any form- tumbled, polished or raw, placed next to your candle

If you enjoy or connect energetically to The Tarot, you can place ‘The Lovers’ or ‘Two of Cups’ cards next to your pair of pink candles during the ritual.

 

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If you wish to strengthen an existing relationship it’s a powerful addition to have a picture of the two of you to place next to your candles -preferably one taken at a happy time or in a loving situation.
 
If you’re working to invite or attract the right person into your life- make a list of all the qualities you feel that your ideal person would posses to be truly compatible with your wishes and your life. Be very detailed about their personality, appearance etc. The Universe loves specifics!
 

THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE RITUAL

Once you have your candles and any other objects together in the calm physical space you’ve chosen, it really only needs your own power to visualise in order to activate the energy. The Beltane colour candle ritual can be worked at any time you feel happy – day or night.
 
You can sit down or stand to work this ritual, the most important thing to is to be calm and relaxed. Take several deep cleansing breaths as you feel and visualise your feet connecting to the Earth below you. This will help you to remain grounded throughout your ritual. According to whichever way you wish to manifest love into your life here are some suggestions about the kind of visualisation that would work well.

   ATTRACTING LOVE

You’ve made your list and you’ve been specific- so you’ve done the hard work!
As you light your candles ‘see’ yourself in enjoyable and loving situations with this perfect partner. They don’t have to be overly romantic or dramatic. They can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. The really important thing is to feel this happy blissful energy – that of being with the person you love and who loves you in return as if they are already in your life.
 
Enjoy this visualization for as long as you feel comfortable- the important thing is that you have focused on what you wish to manifest. By the list you’ve made, the use of the colour candles and the energetic intent you’ve put out to the Universe you’ve made a shift in your reality.
 
When you feel ready, take the list you’ve made, roll up the paper into a scroll and put it in a place where it can stay undisturbed.
You can clear away your candles etc when ready or put them in a place where you can see them permanently as a reminder of the love you have manifested into your life.
 

TO IMPROVE AN EXISTING RELATIONSHIP

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This is basically exactly as above, except that you already know the other person concerned, As suggested previously in this article, include a picture of the two of you in happier times.

Again, visualise those romantic, loving times between you – remembering past situations you’ve been in together and seeing those yet to come!

When you feel ready, take the happy picture of the two of you and put it in a place where it will be undisturbed. Extinguish your candles, knowing that your colour candle ritual is complete and that you’ve ‘refreshed’ and manifested a more loving energy into your existing relationship
 

Wishing you all a truly Beautiful Beltane- full of love and passion !

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The Wheel Of The Year-Ostara

The Wheel Of The Year by Martine Alexis Clairvoyance

March 21st

Celebrating Ostara and Rebirth

 

The Wheel of the Year now turns to Ostara- the celebration of rebirth, where we honour the Goddess Eostre. This is also known as the Spring or Vernal Equinox

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 Tradition

As we turn to this time  in the Western Hemisphere, we joyfully embrace the return of life to the Earth after the long darkness of the Winter months. There is, of course, the connection of the name  Ostara and the Goddess Eostre to the Christian festival of Easter.

We can also trace the European name of the Goddess Eostre back to her names of Ishtar and Astarte, in earlier cultures.

All the times on the Wheel of the Year have their profound connection to the eternal life cycle and to the progression of our own soul journey. For me, Ostara is always the one that lifts my soul and my spirits the most.

 Renewal….

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It uplifts us all to see the bursting forth of new life. Glowing daffodils suddenly appear and the birds begin to sing as dawn arrives earlier. The trees bring forth their buds and blossom.

Ostara is that wonderful reminder that rebirth will always happen, even after the darkest of times.

 

 Rebirth….

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The traditional symbols and images of The Goddess and fertility are visible everywhere at the moment –  in nature and in wider culture. Eggs, new born chicks, March hares and rabbits being the most obvious and visible examples.

 Remembrance…..

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If this reads as too Pagan or arcane, then pay a visit to any supermarket or shopping mall at this time on the Wheel of the Year.

See for yourselves the abundance of Ostara and Goddess symbols on display in the ‘Easter’ section of all the stores.

Our ancient roots in the Old Religion are far more deeply planted in our modern world than we realise

 

 

Ways we can embrace the energy of Ostara

One of the most traditional of course, is the Spring Cleanse. At this time I love to de-clutter my home and to give a thorough cleanse with water steeped in fresh rosemary and lemon.

Rosemary is one of the most powerful natural plants used for psychic protection for yourself and your home. It’s traditionally placed in and around doorways to dispel or ward off bad energy. Lemon oil is one of the best aromatherapy scents for lifting your mood and your spirits.

The use of natural beeswax on furniture will also add the most delicious scent, along with the gorgeous natural sheen it will give. We can bring the energy of nature right into our homes with these ways to Spring Cleanse.

 

Refresh….

Smudging

 

I always like to make an energetic ritual of the Spring Cleanse by completing it with a thorough smudging of all the rooms with white sage, to dispel any old, stale energy that is no longer needed in my home or my life.

Open your windows after you’ve smudged each room and focus your thoughts on old patterns of behaviour, circumstance or any situations you wish to release. As you then invite in the Spring energy to assist you in birthing the new, you can speak or chant your wishes and affirmations

Revitalize….

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It’s a lovely energetic touch to light yellow or orange candles around your home. These help to embed the energy of Spring into your newly revitalized surroundings and will also connect to the energy of the solar plexus and sacral chakras of the physical body.

Do remember to make sure that sage sticks and candles are extinguished when you’ve finished your Spring Cleanse

 Reactivate….

If being a domestic Goddess or God isn’t your thing, then there many other ways we can embrace the Spring equinox

It’s a great time to ‘birth’ new ideas. For example, if you’re in business, try out new approaches, maybe in your advertising or with your business image. In your job, consider asking for that feedback- or even the pay rise-  you wish to manifest from a boss or colleague.

This is a very powerful energetic time to focus on creating more abundance around you. We can also make this a time to clean up our health and bodies as well as our homes. A far more appealing prospect than in the cold dark January days! Simply getting out into nature and walking is great for you, or maybe going even further and finally getting back to the gym or the pool.

 Embrace….

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In love, we only have to observe the behaviour of the birds and animals around us to know that this is the most fertile time! If you’re single, maybe it’s time to think about getting out there and meeting potential partners, perhaps in ways you haven’t tried before

If you’re partnered up, it’s the perfect time to rediscover things about each other or to try new things together that make you see your partner in a different light.Rebirth your relationship!

Whichever way you choose to embrace the energy of Ostara, remember to look around you on these lighter mornings and observe~ even for just a few minutes. The world is waking up again, reminding us that life is a cycle and there is always the opportunity to embrace rebirth in some aspect of our lives.

Happy Ostara/Spring Equinox. Have a wonderful and blessed time, wherever you are and may the arrival of Spring bring you joy!

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