8th ANNUAL OPEN
BELTANE SABBAT CELEBRATION
IN CENTRAL PARK
SUNDAY April 29, 2012
2:00 - 5pm
Great Hill, Central Park - Central Park GR Hill, New York, NY 10025
Transit: 103rd St Station (0.2 mi) C or B trains
It's May, It's May, the Lusty Month of May! Welcome, welcome one and ALL
Charmed By Starr and the Wiccan Family Temple are pleased and proud to once again host this gathering of Paganfolk and their loved ones, as we come together to share in the May Day festivities.
In ye olde tradition we will have a MAYPOLE DANCING, JUMPING THE CAULDRON, and a GUIDED MEDITATION. A VERY BARDIC BELTANE.
Purpose: Desire, sensuality, passion, may poles, flower garlands, love magicks, protection of animals.
As we welcome Beltane one of the most important festivals of the pagan year traditionally marking the arrival of summer in ancient times. With its counterpart Samhain, Beltane divides the year into its two primary seasons, Winter the Dark and Summer the Light.
Beltane, or Beltaine, is the celebration of two powers joining to bring creation, in this case, the Goddess and the God. The two form a sacred union, from which comes creation, growth and harmony. The God, now grown, becomes enraptured with the Goddess and from their love, all of nature grows and flowers. It is a time of sensuality and sexuality, the reawakening of the earth in vivid colors, vibrant scents, fresh greenery and the sheer joy of summer after a long dormant winter.
It’s the festival of fertility, celebrating beginnings and reproduction, the height of Spring and the flowering of life. Beltane is also known as May Eve, May Day, and Walpurgis Night.
It’s a “between time” when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest and most fragile. The two worlds intersect at the crossroads of Beltane where they intermingle and unite and anything may happen. It’s the time when the Faeries return from their winter respite, and people placed rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection from the otherworld. It’s a time of divination and communion with Faery Folk and all Nature Spirits
We plan to take full advantage of the abundance of fertile energy with not only one, but at least *two* maypoles! We will have a Beltane ritual, complete with songs and chants for everyone to join in on.
If you plan to dance the maypole, please bring *at least* 25 feet (30 is better) of ribbon in a color that reflects what you would like to weave into your life this year.
*Everyone* is welcome, of all races, creeds, genders, ages; traditions, solitaries, covens, families & friends, et al. We are respectful of all spiritual paths and all people. We only ask that the attendees show this same level of respect towards others so that we can all relax and enjoy ourselves, each other, the rites, the festivities and the great beauty of Nature all around us.
We respectfully request a fee of $10.00 in person $11.00 via online payments. (please bring receipt of online payment) , which helps defray the costs of hosting this event.
*Please* RSVP as soon as possible so we can get an accurate estimate of the attendees -- so we can bring enough supplies! You can RSVP us through email@example.com, and payments via online at www.wiccanfamilytemple.org, www.wftacademyofpaganstudies.webs.com
BRING FOODS AND DRINKS TO SHARE: wines, juices, cakes, seasonal breads, fruits, grapes, cookies, veggies and dips, etc...
BRING HAND INSTRUMENTS -- drums, flutes, tambourines, claves, maracas, etc.
IF YOU CAN HELP IN ANYWAY WITH THIS EVENT PLEASE DO LET US KNOW: TRANSPORTATION OF MAYPOLES, 2 MAYPOLES, RIBBONS, A BANNER FOR US,
COME AND ENJOY.
Attire: Suggested colors are pink, yellow, green, violet, red, white (not required for attendance).
Celebrants can draw a spiral on foreheads or cheeks (black eyebrow pencil) or draw a flower on cheek or Triangles for the triple Goddess (makeup for faces. Or even draw a complete spring mask or wear a mask on face.