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    Post Beltane

    Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.

    In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.

    The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole -- namely, the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as 'Roodmas'. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or 'Walpurgisnacht'. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both 'Lady Day' and 'Ostara' are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca.)

    Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate...just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.

    Blessed Be!

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    Post Oat Cakes

    • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup mashed banana
    • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 nutmeg and cinnamon
    Preheat your oven to 350F. Stir the flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together until well blended. Cut in butter, then add egg and fruit. Drop filled tablespoons of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each. Bake for 15 minutes.

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    Post Re: Beltane

    May Wine


    • 1 bottle of white wine (German is ideal)
    • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
    • 12 sprigs of woodruff, fresh
    Pour wine into a wide mouth jar or carafe. Add the sliced strawberries and woodruff, and let sit for an hour or more. Strain and serve chilled.

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    Post Re: Beltane

    Thanks for the info, the cookies sound good, I might try them But what exactly are rolled oats

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    Post Re: Beltane

    Quote Originally Posted by Skuld
    Thanks for the info, the cookies sound good, I might try them But what exactly are rolled oats
    Oatmeal / Porridge

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    Post Re: Beltane

    Quote Originally Posted by WarMaiden
    In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night.
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    Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair.
    Beautiful. We still raise the May pole (majstång) in Scandinavia, alhough due to some confusion (?) it is done on Midsummer's Eve. Unfortunately the sacral character of the event is lost: now it's mostly about drunkenness and fornication (well, in some respect the old traditions live on I suppose).


    Standard-sized May pole:





    Miniature pole for Scandinavians in exile (Rome):


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    Post Re: Beltane

    Quote Originally Posted by WarMaiden
    Oatmeal / Porridge
    Oh I see lol, I've only heard about oat flakes and thought oat flour is the same. (This is why I let W do the cooking when possible )

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    Quote Originally Posted by symmakhos
    Unfortunately the sacral character of the event is lost: now it's mostly about drunkenness and fornication.
    It's the same in Ireland for St Patricks days, drunks everywhere and then they garbage all over the streets, they celebrate being Irish by littering our streets and puking on them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skuld
    Oh I see lol, I've only heard about oat flakes and thought oat flour is the same. (This is why I let W do the cooking when possible )
    When a man wants to cook i'm 100% behind that lol, luckily my hubbie likes to cook

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    Post Re: Beltane

    We still raise the May pole (majstång) in Scandinavia, alhough due to some confusion (?) it is done on Midsummer's Eve.
    As far as I know, the "may pole" was not always raised on May Day, but some Teutonic Heathens raised it on Midsummer instead of the 1st of May..or soemtimes both

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