I wrote this five years ago for our local weekly paper, The Arcata Eye. At the time I was writing a weekly herb column.
In the spirit of May, and in celebration of Beltane I thought I’d post it (in a somewhat edited version) here.
Ah, the merry month of May. This most beautiful of months is ushered in by the cross quarter day known to Pagans as Beltane. Most people know this day as “May Day,” and a few still refer to it by its medieval name, Walpurgis.
For me, May evokes images of wild roses in bloom, grasses and flowers waving in the fragrant spring breezes, and luscious red ripe strawberries. The light is long and lingering and fields lay freshly planted, the future crops of summer still tender and delicate.
Beltane means “fire of Bel” or “bright fire” – the “bale-fire.” Bel or Beli was a Celtic Sun God, known as the bright and shinning one. Bel is the father, protector, and the husband of the Mother Goddess. The Beltane festivities celebrated the sacred marriage between the god and the goddess. They welcomed the return of vitality, of passion Continue reading