Beltane was one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals: Samhain - November 1, Imbolc - February 1, Beltane - May 1 and Lughnasadh - August 1. Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season, when livestock were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were held at that time to protect them from harm, both natural and supernatural, and this mainly involved the "symbolic use of fire". There were also rituals to protect crops, dairy products and people, and to encourage growth. The aos si (often referred to as spirits or fairies) were thought to be especially active at Beltane and the goal of many Beltane rituals was to appease them. Most scholars see the aos sí as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits. Beltane was a "spring time festival of optimism" during which "fertility ritual again was important, perhaps connecting with the waxing power of the sun".
You may want to perform rituals today involving fire such as burning sage or Palo Santo to protect your home. If you're in an area where you can gather around a bonfire that would be a wonderful thing to do. Other suggested rituals are decorating homes with May flowers, making May bushes, visiting holy wells, and feasting. It may be hard to get involved in sensual pleasures and rituals aligning with the lusty month of May this year due to the pandemic, so be creative on how to redirect sexual and sensual energy, unless of course you're in a safe situation with someone you love and trust.
The Moon is in Leo today which is a sign of joy, parties, creativity, romance and connecting with the need to feel alive through vibrant physical activity. Her aspects today suggest there must be an adjustment to these usual customs. Don't do anything that can adversely affect your health and well being. Align with the more spiritual aspect to this energy as opposed to the purely physical.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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