Woodland Beltane Ceremony & Maypole Dancing 2016

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Queen's Woods

Near Highgate Station · London

How to find us

Please gather at The Woodmans' pub (the garden \\\/ patio area) from 1.00pm. At 2pm we'll get going to the woods for setup and ceremony.

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Join us to celebrate BELTANE 2016.. with ceremony & Maypole Dance. We'll drum, dance and choose a May King & May Queen. And feast and frolic! (sensibly!)

`The veil between the world of men and fairy (or spirit) is said to thin twice a year, at Beltane and at Samhain, which are on opposite points of the year wheel. At Beltane (May eve) the land is at it’s most lush and green, and fertile. If Spring Equinox is the time of fertility and mating in the animal kingdom, then Beltane is one of courting couples making commitment to one another- and Handfastings! In the God-Goddess myths, this is when the playful God is said to commit to the Goddess – which is symbolised by the Sacred Marriage! The Maypole dance that is traditional at this time symbolises the fertile powers of the masculine, penetrating the land, and the ribbons danced and woven around it lock that power! A ring of flower at the tip of the Maypole signifies the feminine. Magical working with the Fay (Fairies) is an important feature at this time, in contrast to the magical work with the departed spirits at Samhain, the opposite point' (taken from http://www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk )

Meeting place (Woodman's Pub):

Gather in the Woodman's Pub from 1.30pm.. Get to `High Gate' Tube station.. come up to manin road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.

Map (High Gate tube/ pub & Queen's Wood)

RITUAL :

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual - ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

RITUAL items to bring:

- Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
- Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns
- Drums & musical instruments
- Lanterns / candles / lighter
- Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for warmth and more drinks/ socials.

-Mani