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Spring is just about done and summer is almost here (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere – ya’ll Southerners just HAVE to do things differently…). In the Pagan calendar, May 1st is usually celebrated as Beltane, aka Walpurgis, and is a celebration of life and fertility and beseeching the gods for a good crop of both food and children. Given that my heritage is mostly Germanic, I should probably be observing the date as Walpurgis. But I’m an American neopagan, so Beltane it is.

 

And in case you think such celebrations are but things of the past, here’s a few links to the contrary:

 

BBC News: “In pictures: Beltane Fire Festival welcomes in the summer”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39748054

 

The Irish Post: “Beltane: 12 facts, legends and traditions of Ireland’s ancient May Day festival”

http://irishpost.co.uk/120299-2/

 

The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA): “Coven celebrates Beltane at park to welcome spring, educate about Paganism”

http://timesleader.com/news/local/655663/coven-celebrates-beltane-at-park-to-welcome-spring-educate-about-paganism

 

I’ll be over here, celebrating in my usual way – with dark chocolate and bourbon.

 

Blessed Be.

 

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https://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/beltane

 

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