I was partly inspired to write this post after reading Let it Rain over on Australis Incognita. The other part is just that this is my first Beltane and I am excited for it.
It had never really occurred to me to explain why I celebrate the Sabbats at different times. As I have said before in a previous post I live in the southern hemisphere. Many people probably think; “So what?”. And for a lot of people that is true, many Pagans in the southern hemisphere do celebrate the same holidays as the Pagans in the northern hemisphere. For me, I was particularly drawn to Paganism for its nature aspect. I like to feel more connected to the seasons and the changes of the world around me. For this reason I like to celebrate the opposite Sabbat, so while everyone is celebrating Halloween soon (and the rest of my more commercialized community will be too because the shops promote Halloween now) I shall be celebrating Beltane. I would feel weird having a harvest celebration after I have just finished the planting of my garden! It would just feel wrong for me. Obviously I do not hold anything against those other people who are in the southern hemisphere and would prefer to celebrate the same as the northern hemisphere, but it is just not for me.
This Beltane I want to celebrate with having a few select family and friends over, having a Maypole in the garden, and possibly a Bonfire in the evening. I will just have to think through the logistics of a fire. It will probably be a very small one, or maybe even just light a fire in the fireplace. I want to think environmentally here and a fire might not be the best thing.
How do you celebrate Beltane?
I would be really interested to find out what other people do.
I am sorry that I have been AWOL for so long. As usual my studies have been catching up to me.
But something else has happened too which is not “as usual”. The universe has sent me a darling friend. She came at just the right time too. I had to leave my previous pet at my mother’s house when I moved out and it has been really difficult for me. My significant other has also been working very hard and so he is hardly at home at all, even on the weekends. I was so sad about this and I had been visiting my mother a lot because I was so very lonely…. and then! My S.O. phoned me and at first I thought that it was a joke but it was not! He found a a stray/abandoned kitten. About four or five weeks old. Sitting in the middle of a road crying from hunger. She was covered in fleas, she had worms and she was very malnourished. So we decided to take her in. And she has been such a good companion for me.
She is sitting on my lap dozing as I type. She is now about seven or eight weeks old now. She is going to go for her inoculations/vaccinations next week.
Here is a picture of my Darling.
I really feel like she and I were meant to be friends. Have you ever had this sort of experience before?
(Just for clarity’s sake I want to remind readers that a couple of my posts are posted on schedule because I do not always have time to do posts. For instance this post is written in August.)
So for me writing now the full moon of August was only a few days ago… the 21st of August. I had an amazing full moon! It has been very cold and wintery lately indeed. On the night of the full moon I had both my curtains open so that I could see the moon nicely and it was such a lovely sight to see. Unfortunately when I tried to take a photo (with my not very fancy phone) I did not get a good shot.
Hopefully you can sort of get the idea. When ever the moon popped her face out it was partly obscured by dark clouds and it had such a lovely eery atmosphere to it. At time the moon looked like the scene from a “scary” movie. It was really beautiful.
Today I want to tell you about a tree near to where I live. I think of it as my Goddess tree. One evening as I glanced out of my window the moon shone in such a was as to illuminate an image on the tree for me. Do you ever look at things around you and see something more if them? The shape of a cloud for example. I saw a woman in/on this tree and so now she is my Goddess tree.
Can you see her?
I know that my Paint outlining is not very good but you can probably see the general idea.
Has anyone else also experienced something where they can associate their deity with a particular place or thing in nature, or maybe not even in nature?
This is a very belated Imbolc post. As I said in my previous post, although I do not always get time to blog I do try hard to find time to observe the sacred days.
I was not at home on the day but I went around my surroundings taking photos of “the first signs of spring”. Considering the sunny weather that we were having at the time most of the plants were convinced that we were well into spring. I found some information that talks about Imbolc being a time for divining the weather.
Today, this holiday is chiefly connected to weather lore. Even our American folk calendar keeps the tradition of “Groundhog Day”, a day to predict the coming weather, telling us that if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be “six more weeks” of bad weather (i.e., until the next Old Holiday, Lady Day). This custom is ancient. An old British rhyme tells us that “if Candlemas Day be bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year”. Actually, all of the cross-quarter days can be used as inverse weather predictors, whereas the quarter days are used as direct weather predictors. – witchessabbats.com
Although I myself do not usually place much faith in practices such as weather divining I thought that it was a fun idea… and true to the lore, Imbolc being a lovely sunny warm day… we are now having some more winter. Lots of hard driving rain and the temperatures are down to about 10 degrees centigrade again!
I also did some gardening on the day. I had been sprouting some beans for about a week before hand and so I chose Imbolc to plant them. My garden is being renovated and so I can’t plant things directly into the ground at the moment, that is why you see everything in pots and tins. The rustic look of the tins is actually beginning to grow on me. I have the beans and the an onion which sprouted in my kitchen, two ferns and two slips of jasmine. I really hope that the jasmine takes root! I steal my slips and cuttings from my mother’s already very established garden. 🙂
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Imbolc!
I have not forgotten about my blog here on WordPress! I just have too many things on my plate so I am struggling to update regularly. To day I have some time (read procrastinating) and so I am going to do a few posts.
Unfortunately these will probably be an isolated group and I probably will not have time to post again for a while. Edit: So! I have managed to figure out how the schedule function works on WordPress so although I shall be writing a whole bunch of posts today, I shall be posting them once weekly for a few weeks.
Although I cannot always make time for blogging I always do my utmost to make time for my practices.
Happy Yule for yesterday everyone!
I was too busy enjoying my Yule yesterday to post anything but I did get some photographs.
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Yule/Litha if you are in the Northern Hemisphere.
Mug of Wassail
Pot of Wassail
I do not have a fireplace or anywhere sufficient to burn a Yule log, so I decided to start my own tradition of burning “Yule pine cones”.
My Sun candle almost burned out. I burned it the whole day from just before the sunrise.