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Little ditty I found in an article:
Beltane falls opposite of Samhain on the Wheel of the Year and is considered by some to be one of the most important Sabbats on the Celtic calendar. Both mark a time when the veil between other worlds is thin ... where the unseen can more easily be seen.
For many, this was an ideal time to look for rings of toadstools or flowers, and leave offerings in hopes to befriend the faeries. Others left offerings at wells or springs, believing the healing power of water was heightened in May. Water was especially important at this time of year, as it gave life to and nourished
the new crops.
Some believe this Sabbat's name comes from a word meaning "balefire." On May Eve, balefires are still lit all over Britain and Ireland, just as they were in the past. Taking home a smoldering piece of the Beltane balefire is believed to bring summer blessings into your home.
The most popular custom of Beltane is still the dance around the May Pole on the first day of May. In the past, the May Pole was often a communal tree, with all but its upper branches removed. There are usually eight ribbons, one for each Sabbat of the year. Four white ribbons for the women and four red ribbons for the men are traditionally used. Moving to the music, the four couples move in circles, weaving over and under each other's upheld arms in an erotic nature, symbolizing the union of Goddess and God.
This Sabbat is also a perfect time to decorate your home with flowers and other symbols of spring.
No matter what traditions or customs you follow, Beltane should be a time of joy ... a time to celebrate the amazing new energy of spring, and the end of the long, cold winter. Beltane blessings to you and yours!
Blessed be and merry Beltane to all.