Beltane - May Day
The text on the back of this card is as follows:
Major events in the Celtic year are celebrated by Eight Festivals, four of which record stages of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun; Summer and Winter solstices, when the hours of daylight are at their longest and shortest, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, when hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal. Four Cross-quarter festivals fall half-way between the solar festivals and their celebration marks the start of each season,
Much imagery associated with these festivals is both spiritual and natural as the progress of the seasons reflects the life cycles of those who live on this ancient land.
If you seek them out, Earth spirits may share their joy and magic with you as you celebrate life’s mysteries within the Eight Festivals.
At Beltane young people stay out in the woods all night conjuring summer in by gathering mayflowers and doing what comes naturally to young couples. As the Sun rises they will return to the village green, to weave coloured ribbons around the Maypole in the traditional dances which celebrate the return of summer, bringing with it renewed warmth, light and life. Crowned with bluebells and mayflowers, the Maiden unites with the earth spirit of the forest in a kiss. Watching on in approval, the Green Man symbolises the mystical reltionship of humankind with the land.
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