A time of awakening, yet not quite yet awake, my sleepy faerie friends. A stirring from the deepest slumbers of winter. Emerging from the time of the north and the element of earth. Swap the rich balm of Oakmoss, Patchouli, and dank thawing earth, with hints of blossoms and fruit saturated in thickly winter-aged, spring-honeyed nectar. Brash, then vanishing. Urging us forth. Wintry snow/rain cleansing for the early snow buds and the time of the east. The element of air wherein sylphs grace the ethers with softly muted florescence.
Awaken! Awaken! Awaken!
As a child I would anticipate the spring by imagining the fair folk prepping their paints deep under the roots of sleeping oak trees. Cruelly crushing berries, mosses, and barks. Coaxing iridescence from clouds and shadows. All for the Spring Faerie Queen’s vast cache of aromas and pigments created with express purpose to gloss on delicate blossoms with wee paintbrushes of spider threads. I would anticipate with glee the those first colors and scents of thaw, green, and tender blossoms.
Rise and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the spring-time, fresh and green,
And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown or hair :
Fear not ; the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you
~Robert Herrick, “Corinna’s Going A-Maying”
Today, on Beltane, I send you wishes for virility, fertility, and joy in the pulse of spring and life. May all your seeds blossom and find glorious expression on this verdant earth!
Beltane or Celtic May Day begins at moonrise on May eve. Bonfires were lit, and hand-fastings (pagan marriages) were traditionally made. Fertility was celebrated by dancing round the Maypole, a phallus symbol representing the male God. The colorful ribbons and flowers on the Maypole symbolize the Goddess. Hence the Maypole dance is a sensual celebration of the union of Goddess and God. Parties could get pretty wild.
It is also a time when Fae presence is near to mortals. Falling asleep under a Hawthorn on May eve will result in the faeries whisking you away. I should like to try this! Robin Goodfellow is often associated with May Day. Half man and half goat he was noted for his mischievous pranks AND the seduction of mortal maidens.
Green is the color of spring, fertility, and healing. Here is a little magic, earth-centered meditation you can do:
If you have an inspiring natural scent, put some on! I like the verdant faerie perfume DuskBlossom for this meditation.
Sit or lie quietly. Take some deep breaths and check in with your physical body and note how it feels. Just observe. Then take a few more deep breaths and allow any tension to dissolve.
If you are not out in nature imagine in your mind’s eye, that you are in a beautiful meadow. Feel the pulse of the earth, hear the birds singing, note lovely, earthy smells.
Then let your breathing slow. As you inhale imagine/feel the verdant energy of the earth and breath in its green energy and color. As you exhale, breathe out gold. You are an alchemist! Take several more breaths like this. Then move on and imagine green energy absorbing into every cell in your body and the bubble of space around you, your aura. Again, as you exhale, gold emits from every cell and your aura.
Linger like this as long as you please. When you are finished, thank the earth and open yours eyes. Stretch.
Tonight I’ll wear some DuskBlossom and do a Beltane card reading…
However you celebrate this May Day – I wish you vibrant, verdant, sensual, raw, wild, powerful energies!