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Beltane - Journey Through the Wheel of the Year

Ashley Krout, Making Magic Simple and Powerful

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9 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Welcome!

      1:01
    • 2. A Brief History of Beltane

      1:37
    • 3. Belenus the Celtic Sun God

      1:27
    • 4. Correspondences of Beltane

      1:44
    • 5. Beltane Altar

      1:03
    • 6. Ideas to Celebrate Beltane

      1:19
    • 7. Inner Work with Journal Prompts

      0:58
    • 8. Beltane Meditation for Protection and Healing

      4:01
    • 9. Thank You!

      0:38

About This Class

Beltane is a Gaelic Festival and one of the eight Sabbats on the Wheel of the Year. It falls on May Eve for the Northern Hemisphere and November Eve for the Southern Hemisphere. It's a time of drawing in protection and abundance while celebrating the arrival of early summer. 

The seasons correspond to different parts of our growth so even if the weather doesn’t match summer, we can still utilize this energy to further our inner work.

With the Journey Through the Wheel of the Year Series, my intention is to breakdown the sabbats so you can implement them into your life without overwhelm.

Each year you can dive into the celebrations more deeply, but in the beginning, these classes can help you know where to start!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • The history and significance of Beltane
  • A brief history about the Celtic Sun God, Belenus
  • A list of ways to celebrate Beltane
  • Ideas to put together a Beltane Altar
  • How to draw in protective, healing energies through a short, but powerful guided meditation
  • How to do inner work with several journal prompts and a beautiful coloring page

The class handbook and coloring page are located in the files section of the Class Project.

Transcripts

1. Welcome!: Beltane is a Gaelic festival of fire and joy. It is a time to draw an abundance and protection, and it's a celebration that summer is about to begin in the Northern Hemisphere. It celebrated on May Eve and in the Southern Hemisphere, is generally celebrated on November ive but can fall anywhere kind of in the first week of November. So from year to year, just check what day is falling on. Within this class, you'll learn how to draw down these energies of protection and renewal and abundance and to celebrate the changing of the seasons within this class, you'll learn about the history of Beltane, the magical correspondences associated with it. You'll get some alter ideas, some journal prompts and a coloring page to help you work on inner work during this time as well the meditation for drawing in these energies. This class is intended to be an introduction to Beltane to help you get celebrating right away without all the extra overwhelm. I hope to see you inside 2. A Brief History of Beltane: Beltane is one of the four Gaelic festivals found on the wheel of the year and was originally celebrated by people in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Whales. It is referenced in some of the earliest Irish literature and was one of the most significant festivals of the year for the Celtic people. It marked the start of the summer season for the herdsman, who would leave their cattle to pasture at this time During Beltane, bonfires would be lit and rituals will be performed to protect cattle. The people and the crops rituals were also done to encourage growth and bring in abundance . Bonfires were lit to draw down the warmth of the sun and the power of it and cattle were lead between two large bonfires to purify and protect them throughout their summer pasture . Like many other ancient festivals, Beltane largely died out in modern times until neo pagans revived the celebration. As times have changed, the celebrations have evolved. But the most important themes of protection, celebrating the arrival of summer and drawing in new energies for growth and abundance have generally remained the same. The most important part of it all is taking the time to celebrate and to align with the changing of the seasons. Beltane gets its name from the Celtics Sun God bell anus and roughly translates to the fires of Bell. Other deities associated with the sabot include the party God, Bacchus, the Greek goddesses Artemus and Hera Theo Gyptian got of protection bests and pretty much any other god or goddess that represents fertility, fire and protection. In the next video, we'll learn more about Belen is. 3. Belenus the Celtic Sun God: villainous is a sun god who has been worshipped for at least 2300 years. His name means the shining God, their references to him made by Roman historians and Italian emperors as well. Archaeological findings such as coins and jewellery with his likeness on them. And there have even been offerings found made by his devoted followers who are looking for healing. There have been over 30 archaeological finds relating to Bell Anus, which is the most for any Celtic god. This really surprised me because he's not a god that's at the forefront of a lot of pagan teachings. And in modern Beltane celebrations, the focus is generally on other deities or aspects of the celebration, and he's kind of mentioned as an afterthought. Bell anus is often depicted writing the sun across the sky, usually in a horse drawn carriage. He is believed to have restorative healing powers, and limb shaped offerings have been found at worship sites, presumably as a thank you for healing those body parts from his followers specifically for Beltane, Bell anus was called upon to protect livestock from disease and predators and to help crops grow villainous. Worshipping spread to a large area of Europe, with healing shrines and historical references found from Scotland all the way to modern day Austria. Within your belting practice, you can call upon this God for healing, restoration and protection. In the next video, we'll go over some of the magical correspondences associated with Beltane. 4. Correspondences of Beltane: Beltane is centered around welcoming in the fertility of the land and drawing in protective energies, so the correspondences associated with it reflects this newness and abundance of life. The animals include birds such as swallows, doves and swans, and cats, including leopards and LINX for foods panics, if I'm saying that correctly, are commonly eaten, and these air Scottish oat cakes. There's also dairy bred Berries, fresh greens and as an idea for a Beltane meal thes whose could be combined into something like a strawberry salad with a creamy dressing with a note cake on the side. The colors associated with Beltane are blue light paying screens, yellows, reds and browns. These are the colors that represent the flowers in bloom at this time of year and the colors of the fire used for purification and protection. Some of the most common gemstones used for the celebration are emeralds, rose courts, orange, carnelian, Maliki and amber. If you don't have any of these gemstones, clear courts works really well, too, Or use any gemstones that air the colors I just mentioned for herbs, oils and flours. You could use Rose Frank Anson's lang laying vanilla or any blooming flower around you by using something that's local to you. There's probably an abundance of it right now, and something that's local is gonna have a lot more power than something you're trying to source. That's 1000 miles away and causes a whole bunch of headaches. So if you have a ton of dandelions, awesome, that's great. They represent the sun, and that's actually what I'm going to use in my altered they'll go over in the next video. 5. Beltane Altar: for my bell anus and Beltane Alter. I'm going to focus on drawing down the nourishing, restorative powers of the sun to help with some of my health issues. This is an area that I have felt a lot of resistance in, so I'm going to include my little statue of Finnish. He's an Indian God that helps overcome obstacles. Then around garnish. I'm going to place a rose courts for gentleness and peaceful energy. Then I'm going to drape some gold beads over it because that just really reminds me of the golden light of the sun and just the lavish decadence of just being restored and feeling new and kind of shiny. Then I'm going to place two candles on either side right here, and those are going to represent the two bonfires that has been used to pass their cattle through and then with another gold candleholder. I have a little vase of dandelions because they're pretty much the sun in flower form, So all meditate in front of this altar during the Beltane season, visualizing my body and health being restored by the sun 6. Ideas to Celebrate Beltane: So for some ways that you can celebrate Beltane, you could go to a local May Day festival. You could set up a Beltane alter, have a bonfire or even just like candles, if it is a bonfire, when the fires have died down and it's just kind of embers, if you can safely do it. Jumping over the dying embers was seen as a way to draw in protection for the coming season . You could have a vase of fresh flowers and just try to keep the water fresh and any dead pedals removed and just really show reverence for this time of the year, where everything's in bloom and abundant, we're flowers in your hair or even make a floral headband. You could call in Bacchus and throw a rockin party. You could purify something, whether it's a physical object or something written on paper, and draw it between two flames, not catching it on fire, but just trying it through two planes, as the cult's did with their cattle. For protection, find sometimes to go outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun. I've been having my curtains up and drawing in the energy of the sun so that way, I'm reminded that, hey, we're out of winter Completely were fully in spring and summer is right around the corner. In the next video, we'll go over some journal prompts and inner work you can do during this time, followed by a Beltane meditation. 7. Inner Work with Journal Prompts: Beltane is an excellent time to work on stability and health. The energies air renewing and protective, allowing for a nice, safe place to make all of these changes in the class handbook, there's a coloring page that beautifully symbolizes the energies of the sun. This is great to use if you find it easier to quiet your mind while you're doing an activity. There is also a list of questions to answer that will help you work through a few key areas . These questions are one what areas of my life feel unstable. Two. Is there a way I can bring in more safety and protection to these areas? Three. How is my overall health physically and mentally? Four. What small changes can I begin making to draw in more health? And five, What obstacles Air standing in my way to making these changes? You can either answer these questions before going through the meditation in the next video . Or you could listen to the meditation first and then come back to the questions 8. Beltane Meditation for Protection and Healing: get into a comfortable position, begin breathing deeply in on out. Gently close your eyes and imagine a golden door in front of you. Keep breathing in and out. The center of the door has a large, ornate son that seems to be glowing. The whole door looks immaculate while taking care of and somehow knew. Even though you can tell it has been around for more than a millennia, keep breathing. Step forward and slowly open the door. On the other side of the door, you see a gently sloping field covered in small yellow and purple flowers. Air is warm with the glow of a summer sunset visualized the golden light from the sun being directed into your crown chakra. From there, it spreads down throughout your body all the way to the tips of your fingers and the very tips of your toes before it begins spilling out onto the ground. Penetrating oil. You are now connected to the entire universe. From the sun down to the core of the earth. There's a dirt path that winds through the field, began walking this path slowly up the hill, taking the time to notice the patches of flowers all around. You hear breathing as you continue up the path. Once you reach the top, you noticed there to bonfires up ahead one on either side of the path. As you come closer to them, think of an area of your life that you'd like to shield with protection or maybe even an area you'd like to restores. Hold the feeling of this area in your mind as you approach the bonfires, you're close enough now to hear the crackling of the fires. Their warmth surrounds you like a comforting hug passed between the two fires watching your whole being get imbued with a radically nourishing and radically rejuvenating energy. A sense of deep and lasting protection envelopes you as you continue on the sun warms your back, reassuring you its power and energy will stay with you continuing to revitalize your energy and your life path takes a turn heading back down the way up ahead. You see the golden door that will lead you back to where you began as you go through the door and are back in the room you started in. Remember that the sun is with you protecting you always slowly and gently open your eyes 9. Thank You!: I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your magical journey. As a reminder, this class was simply an introduction to Beltane. With such a long history there so many ways this habit has been celebrated that I did not come close to covering here. My intention with this class and all of my classes is to break down these teachings in a way that allows you to easily incorporate it into your life without a lot of overwhelmed Year after year, you can dive into these celebrations more deeply if you choose to. But in the beginning, this class can help You know where to start. The next holiday will cover is LIPA, which occurs on the summer solstice near the end of June. I hope to see you in that class as well. Thank you.