Today is a special day for me – The Festival of Beltane … Bright fire.
I love all the ancient festivals connected to this earth, but the reason I love this one so much is that it was once my name. Many years ago, I decided to change my name by deed poll. I have a disconnected history and my surnames were conflicted and carried a heavy weight, so I changed it. I carried my new surname for many years and I definitely felt a shift once I’d adopted it.
There are many wonderful ways to celebrate Beltane and for me today I will be indulging in a few. Maybe you’d like to join me?

Make a Wish

I’m going to the park this morning, taking with me a piece of ribbon to represent my wish. Once there I’ll find a hawthorn tree, look for a suitable branch and tie my ribbon to the tree while repeating my wish 3 times. Always remember to greet the tree and thank him or her for their presence and energy and give it a hug. Honestly, tree energy is just the best, especially on Beltane. All natures energy is super strong today. You may think I’m a tree hugging fruit loop and that’s perfectly fine, but unless you try you’ll never know and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of you, that will keep you imprisoned when you should be wild and free 😉

Plant Something

Be that a seed, a seedling an acorn or a tree. Give to Mother Earth today and thank her for her many blessings.

Hold a Fire Ceremony

Today is the perfect day to release what no longer serves us. It’s a day of new beginnings. Find a quiet moment and a comfortable chair. Sit and write the things you no longer want in your head. Any resentment or regret, anger or jealousy, things you’ve never told another living soul … let them fall out onto the paper along with your tears if they come. If you don’t have a fire pit, use a terracotta plant pot, fill it with twigs, some dried grass and to help light it a little bit of fire lighter or cotton wall ball with nail polish remover on, but put that right at the bottom and BE CAREFUL. Add some rosemary sprigs and sage leaves to cleanse and purify.
When the time is right, I find moonlight is best, then become quiet and consciously aware of the things you are letting go. Send them into the fire with pure intentions of release. As tonight is a waxing moon, it’s a great time to visualise success, so when you’ve done releasing, try some affirmations and visualisations of how peaceful and happier your life will be now those things are gone.

Make a Wish Box

Tonight I’m going to make a wish box and plant it under the moonlight. If you’d like to join me, let me know in the comments below and I’ll tell you where to come and what you’ll need… virtually of course – I’ll be doing it by Facebook live and you can get updates on that here:
If nothing else today, at least go for a walk in nature. Stand on the grass barefoot to charge your energy and if you can’t light a fire, light a flame – a candle will do.
Belltane Blessings