In 2017 Beltane is exact on May 5 within 5 days of the Scorpio Full Moon (20 Scorpio 24) on May 10. Mercury stations direct on May 3 at 24 Aries very close to Uranus at 25 Aries (both planets having to do with perception and awareness) creating the possibility for unexpected events that altar our perception of reality. This really sets the tone for the entire month of May 2017 suggesting this is a time for expecting the unexpected with events that are intended to set us up for our next BIG leap in consciousness.
The next Full Moon closest to Solar Beltane is in 2020 when the Scorpio Full Moon occurs on May 7. Over the last 10 years the closest Full Moon to Solar Beltane was in 2012 when the Scorpio Full Moon happened on the exact day of astrological Beltane, May 5. The next time the Full Moon falls on May 5 is 2023.
Happy Beltane! This means we reaching seasonal cross-quarter between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. The word Beltane means ‘bright fire’ or ‘lucky fire’ and in the Celtic seasonal year, Beltane celebrates the start of summer. In ancient traditions this was a time when all the fires were extinguished on the Eve of Beltane and new fires are lit at Beltane sunrise. Often these fires were lit on the hills and in the Standing Stone Circles or Stone Rings found on hilltops.
The Beltane Fires on the Hills are the beacons or points of light that alchemically activate the energy of the Earth (acupuncture meridians) and the energy of ourselves.
Astrological Beltane occurs on May 5 when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus. Beltane is one of several High Holy Days each year. Many ancient Celtic traditions began their celebration of Beltane on the Full Moon or New Moon nearest astrological Beltane, and often the celebrations lasted until the next Full or New Moon over a two-week period.
This is a powerful time for personal and community ceremony to celebrate the abundance of the Earth and all the gifts we receive each day that nourish and sustain our lives. Beauty and pleasure are emphasized. If you are not experiencing the pleasure of life, now is the time to consider what you could change within yourself so that life is more enjoyable?
To increase our experience of pleasure it might help to expand our point of view to consider how blessed and supported we really are? Many indigenous cultures practice gratitude, expressing appreciation first for the gift of life and then for the gifts that sustain their lives. This comes from an ancient knowing that the more grateful we are – the more we have to be grateful for as gratitude multiplies activating the field of plenty.
May your Beltane Celebrations be joyous, blessed and abundant!
Here is a personal Beltane experience to inspire you!
Beltane 2004, I was sitting in a huge rock window high above Tucson, Arizona and I asked the Earth for a message. What I heard was “Be Yourself.”
While pondering this statement sometime later in another ceremonial setting on a sacred mountain still within the Beltane Window – a bee landed on me as if to further emphasize the importance of Be-ing!
Researching Bee medicine I first found it had to do with the “busy bee” collecting pollen and producing honey (the sweetness of life) but I also found that many ancient cultures considered bees to be the messengers of of Great Mystery, bringing messages from higher realms of consciousness in dreams and visions.
During this same ceremony a vulture appeared before the cave entrance where I was sitting hanging suspended in front of me before it turned and easily rode away on the invisible air currents.
Vulture medicine is intriguing because they soar through the skies mostly for the pure enjoyment and thrill of the experience.
Vultures are masters of riding the air currents or thermals so they rarely use their own energy when they fly. They are also known as the Golden Purifiers consuming death and turning it into life (a nice way of saying they are nature’s clean-up crew).
I took note of the contrast then between the vulture and the bee – both creatures of the air, so both messengers. What I got is they were showing me the various ways we have of Being who we are and all of them are valid and all of them have value.
Back in 2004, I found myself realizing I didn’t know what it meant to really Be Myself! Growing up, I was directed, (sometimes with care and concern – other times being admonished, scolded, shamed, and bullied) by parents, school, and culture, to BE a certain way.
The message was… Be nice, be good, be smart, be happy, be beautiful, be successful, be hard working, be strong, be compliant, be accommodating of others…etc..
Don’t complain, don’t be lazy, don’t be selfish or self-centered, don’t pay any attention to your own wants and needs, don’t pay attention to your aches and pains. Ignore them. Ignore any feelings that are not happy, helpful, and compliant. Be more concerned with how others feel, and how your actions are affecting them.
I also learned if I didn’t follow these rules harsh punishment was the result and if I did follow these rules painful consequences were lessened. The rest of this particular programming was that if I could somehow prove myself in the process to BE “good enough” according to these external standards – the rewards would be approval, acceptance, and validation. Never mind of course that I was miserable and had no idea who I was inside myself.
Over the years, I have courageously chosen a path of self-discovery to learn how to more fully Be my authentic essential self beyond the rules of how I was trained I “should” or “should not” be. All these years later, I am more myself though I also recognize I am still discovering what it truly means to BE myself every day.
For me, I have been practicing the guiding principles of love, joy, forgiveness, kindness toward myself and others, having fun and truly magical moments. I know I am on track when I am experiencing these elements daily.
It has been a difficult and often treacherous road where every old belief, idea, and way of living that did not serve my essential self has been stripped away often in excruciating fashion. However, it has been immensely worth every moment of the journey and I am enjoying Being Myself more each day.
Once again for those who feel called or resonant with this message it is timely for further consideration in this gloriously abundant season of Beltane originally intended as a celebration of our authentic Being – experiencing and savoring the joyous abundance and Beauty of who we really are especially when we are living the message, that has now expanded to
Joyfully Be Yourself!
The story about this evolution involves a magical Hummingbird Message HERE.