The Magic of Beltane – BE Yourself

Beltane Note for 2019
When we take acts of power for ourselves we often create opportunities that tests our sincerity and trust in the process. In my priestess work over the years we talked about setting powerful intentions and then everything not in alignment with that intention comes up to awareness so it can be cleared. I find I am being given wonderful opportunities to tune into the deeper truth for me around these perspectives.
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Here’s to each of us having the courage to quantum leap our awareness to whatever is next for us. May this and every Beltane be transformative, pleasurable and FUN! 

In 2019 Solar Beltane May 4, 5, and 6 exact on May 5 when the Sun reaches 15 Taurus in the New Moon Window exact on May 4 at 14 Taurus well within the cross-quarter energy. Uranus is also in Taurus meeting with Mercury and Venus in May of 2019 (see May Timings for details) and is a time for expecting the unexpected with events that are intended to set us up for our next BIG leap in consciousness and for reclaiming pleasure as our greatest teacher.

The Beltane New Moon of 2019 is on May 4 – Star Wars Day – May the Fourth Be with You!

Astrological Beltane occurs every year on or near May 5 when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus marking the halfway point between the March Equinox and the June Solstice. 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.

The next Full Moon closest to Solar Beltane is in 2020 when the Scorpio Full Moon occurs on May 7. Recently, 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 (Solar Beltane) is 2023.

 

Beltane – 7 minutes

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The sixth festival (Beltane) is for the people. The work of the people feed the mother. We are all small against the gods, but the celebration of our work Is what gives joy to the gods. The sixth festival is the blessing festival.

We present our fruits of the long winter nights. To the gods, we offer our babes, our weaving, and our marriages. We ask the gods to be one with us in our hearts, So that our acts become divine, Just like the water, wind, earth and fire.

And then we go the fields to work after this May festival of blessing……As priests and priestesses, we Acknowledge the favor of the gods and goddesses, But, we retain our human lives. We center the force, the power, in the temple. And the temple is the center of us all. From The Eye Of The Centaur by Barbara Hand Clow

The greatest, grandest, most exquisite temple we can experience in this life is the temple of
Earth and Sky. The Earth blesses us with abundant gifts that sustain our lives and the Sky inspires us with the great mystery.

Beltane reminds us to honor, acknowledge and receive these blessings and inspirations. Thus, our acts become divine as we consciously choose to dance with the great mystery. Reprogramming our beliefs and how we interact with these mysteries is how we are learning an entirely new dance. It may feel awkward at first, but if we surrender, let go, and trust the dance, trust what is yearning to express through us, we will experience more joy, more fun, more play, more passionate, orgasmic, pleasure!

The Cathars accepted the world as it was and consequently learned to transcend it. They taught that in order to go beyond this earthly life, you had to experience it. You couldn’t run away from the world, but if you genuinely experienced all it had to offer, both positive and negative, at that point you could throw off the shackles of addictions and attachments.

In other words, all of the temptations of life, including the last vestiges of holding on to pain and loss, had to be extinguished before you could begin to transcend. When you were no longer bound to the world, then you could truly enjoy it.
~Sylvia Browne Secret Societies… And How They Affect Our Lives Today


The month of May reminds us life is meant to be enjoyed – it is the Garden of Earthly Delight and can only be experienced through a physical body. Our lives are a precious gift and Beltane is a great time to express our gratitude. May we live happy, healthy lives. May all our needs be met. May we feel love, laugh, and play, be excited and delighted by our lives. May it be so!

Happy Beltane! This means we are reaching the 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 were 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 usually occurs on May 5 when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus marking 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?

Increasing our experience of pleasure is supported by expanding 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 and further activates the field of plenty.

May your Beltane Celebrations be joyous, blessed and abundant!

Here is a link to a  video interview I did recently.

Here is a personal Beltane experience that may inspire you!

Be Yourself

View from the Rock Window

Ventanna Canyon Rock Window Tucson, Arizona

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.

 

Bees, according to scientists, are able to accomplish the aerodynamically impossible task of flying, reminding me that our very existence is no less a miracle.

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 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.

Looking up to the Rock Window from the Trail

Comments

  1. “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.” What awakening woman could not say the same? And yet, Cayelin articulates the journey with such depth, grace and joy! It has been my privilege to ‘know’ Cayelin for many years now. I remember her writing about this experience soon after it happened. We have reinforced one another’s choices to live a more magical life in our brief conversations over the years since then. As one awakened sister to another, may you BE more and more the joy and laughter, the irreverent and always relevant sacred burst of light and love that you ARE! Love to you, Cayelin,
    Nalini

  2. Thanks for the audio on the cross-quarter time Cayelin. Just to fill in the gaps, at least in some places or at some point in history it was “women’s choice” at Beltane when marriage commitments were ignored. This happened on Beltane Eve and people slept in the fields; it was a form of natural or sex magic, the Goddess and the God uniting to ensure the fertility of the land and an abundant crop the following autumn.

    Beltane Day was a time where a lot of marriages and hand-fastings (a year-and-a-day-long commitment to a relationship) took place.

    Also I was a little confused because according to my calendar the next Full Moon is on April 29.

    • Yes Gwen…you are correct about all of this. And thank you for alerting me to the fact that I hadn’t changed the Full Moon information from last year. I still had the info from 2017. It did say 2017 for the year and in 2017 it was on May 10. I hadn’t gotten around to updating it for 2018 because as you mentioned in 2018 it is on April 29. I have now updated the article to reflect that! YAY… 🙂

  3. You have beautifully written about the journey most women ” of a certain age” have taken to BEcoming their authentic selves. It is my hope that younger women have the courage and insight to come into their own at an earlier age so they are freer to BE, to grow and change and create their lives over a longer time than we.

    • Beautifully said Sandra. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I see my daughter (now age 32) doing just that. She has been courageously creating her own life and BEing herself for many years now. Its so inspiring. 🙂

  4. Sounds much the way I was brought up with 7 brothers, no sisters, where I had to be tough, not show feelings. It has been life changing learning how to cry and be in touch with my feelings. I had the realization that most every close relationship I have ever had with a man, including family, has been one of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Time to shed old patterning and beliefs and merge with my new Self in Unconditional Love, Freedom to BE and Self Acceptance for all I AM. 🙂

  5. Dear Cayelin, thank you so much for sharing your “joyfully be yourself” experience which I read with great appreciation. It is a wonderful validation of my own journey towards profounder self love, validation and forgiveness. And BEing reminded once in a while that we are all in this together truly helps…so thank you for sharing…
    Happy Beltane to all of you,
    much love,
    Katie

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