“Oh do not tell the priest of our plight
Or he will call it a sin …
But we’ve been out in the woods all night
a-conjuring Summer in.”
At the end of October, the call of summer can be felt and here at the Temple of the Dark Moon, Bealtaine marks the gateway to summer.
Bealtaine is one of the FOUR Greater Sabbats observed within many earth-centric belief systems that are Celtic in origin and agriculturally based which mark the gateway to the changing seasons, in this case, it is the gateway to Summer.
Bealtaine, in its truest form, is linked to the rise of Pleiades, a constellation also referred to as “the Seven Sisters”, as mentioned in Hesoid’s observations. Within contemporary wytchcraft, Bealtaine relates to the sacred union of our God and Goddess which is represented by the colours of the ribbons that we dance around the Maypole with.
It is also the time of the fae, the arrival of fresh summer fruits blessed by the Queen of the May, and the warming of weather. Bealtaine is the time to shake off the winter blues as we prepare ourselves for the coming hot weather through the creation of charms that encapture the power of the increasing sun.
Commencing in the afternoon we will be:
:: Exploring the folklore of Bealtaine
:: Learning about the sacred symbolism of this time of the year.
:: Joining in traditional dances around the maypole.
:: Making a personal charm to capture the power of the increasing sun.
:: Sharing in a delightful feast that has been blessed by the Queen of the Summer.
All attendees will also go into the draw to win a special Bealtaine gift.
If you are interested in attending our Traditional Bealtaine Observation, then you will need to book through Eventbrite as there are limited places available.