The word Beltane means fire of Bel. It was thought to be derived from the name of the Sun God 'Belinus.' However, the Gaelic word 'Beal,' meaning 'shining, brilliant' could also be at the root of this word, making its translation "brilliant fire."  Now is the time for great rites of fertility to take place, as this Sabbat celebrates the Mother Goddess accepting the God in Sacred Marriage and Union. © 04302013 The Wyrding Way (artist: Alphonse Mucha)

The word Beltane means fire of Bel. It was thought to be derived from the name of the Sun God 'Belinus.' However, the Gaelic word 'Beal,' meaning 'shining, brilliant' could also be at the root of this word, making its translation "brilliant fire." Now is the time for great rites of fertility to take place, as this Sabbat celebrates the Mother Goddess accepting the God in Sacred Marriage and Union. © 04302013 The Wyrding Way (artist: Alphonse Mucha)

The Top Pagan Festivals - The Big 8 Holidays

The Top Pagan Festivals - The Big 8 Holidays

animal made by pipe cleaner

animal made by pipe cleaner

Green Man Mask - a symbol of nature and fertility. step by step tutorial with polymer clay. Perfect decoration for Beltane or may day celebrations

Green Man Mask - a symbol of nature and fertility. step by step tutorial with polymer clay. Perfect decoration for Beltane or may day celebrations

HAYASHI Takahiko, D-9.Aug.2010,  painting on paper, 42.5x28.8cm

HAYASHI Takahiko, D-9.Aug.2010, painting on paper, 42.5x28.8cm

Evening- Love Mucha's art-nuveau style!

Evening- Love Mucha's art-nuveau style!

Hawthorn by Peter Pracownik. "The Hawthorn (Celtic name Huath) flowers at Beltane, the third and final rite of Spring. It celebrates the vanquishing of the Dark Lord of Winter and the advent of the rampant fertility of New Creation."

Hawthorn by Peter Pracownik. "The Hawthorn (Celtic name Huath) flowers at Beltane, the third and final rite of Spring. It celebrates the vanquishing of the Dark Lord of Winter and the advent of the rampant fertility of New Creation."

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn http://www.amazon.com/dp/0738741930/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_beLfvb0DV4E53

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn http://www.amazon.com/dp/0738741930/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_beLfvb0DV4E53

By Masaaki Sasamoto.

By Masaaki Sasamoto.

Arianrhod ('silver wheel") appears in The Mabinogi'. Ruler of Caer Sidi, a magical north realm. Worshipped as Priestess of the Moon (watching over the tides). Moon as archetypal female symbol rep: the Mother Goddess linking womb, death, rebirth, creation. (Britain's old name Albion = "white moon"). In Welsh, Corona Borealis is named Caer Arianrhod - Arianrhod's Castle. The Celts "know well the way of sea and stars" and counted time by nights, and made their famous Coligny Calendar by the…

Arianrhod ('silver wheel") appears in The Mabinogi'. Ruler of Caer Sidi, a magical north realm. Worshipped as Priestess of the Moon (watching over the tides). Moon as archetypal female symbol rep: the Mother Goddess linking womb, death, rebirth, creation. (Britain's old name Albion = "white moon"). In Welsh, Corona Borealis is named Caer Arianrhod - Arianrhod's Castle. The Celts "know well the way of sea and stars" and counted time by nights, and made their famous Coligny Calendar by the…

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