The Festival of Bealtaine

28 Apr

Aquilegia, now growing all over the permaculture gardens and driveway of Bealtaine Cottage, from its beginnings here 8 years ago, with a handful of seed, saved from a some flowers growing in a garden in North London.

The time is near…Mayday, known as Bealtaine here in Ireland. It is pronounced “Be Al Tan Ah”

Irish mythology marks the beginning of May as the  the start of the summer.

This was  heralded in  with the Fire Festival at Bealtaine.

Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition.

There was the hope of a good harvest later in the year, and celebrations were accompanied with rituals to protect the people from any harm by otherworldly spirits. Cattle would be driven through the dying embers of the great bonfires, to protect them from disease.

The Ancient Races who constructed  Newgrange in Ireland aligned their monuments to the major solar events.

These were the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.

The solar year was further divided to mark the half way points between the major solar events giving the cross quarter days of Imbolc,  Bealtaine,  Lughnasadh and Samhain.

Click on the link below for today’s video from Bealtaine Cottage

3 Responses to “The Festival of Bealtaine”

  1. fromthepigpen April 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Have you seen the Scottish Beltaine Fire Society website? They have quite a group celebrating the old festivals in a modern way.

    Lovely photos, all my aqualegia have reverted to purple.


    • PermaGoddess April 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      If you have a link to that, can you post it in a comment for everyone to share?
      Beautiful purple…Nature knows best! Collect the seed and shake it around!


      • fromthepigpen April 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

        The link to Beltane Fire Society is here

        There are some bright colourful jouyous pictures. Sorry haven’t worked out how to insert an active hyperlink to a comment.


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