It’s May-Eve (seriously, the year is going too quickly, I blame to long, cold winter).
However, I digress.
It’s May-Eve and Beltane heralds the arrival of summer, sensuality revitalised and the earth awakes..
People dance round the may-pole and go a-Maying (which is just another way of saying one major league night of ‘how’s your father’ outside in the woods).
Fires are lit to celebrate the return to life and fruitfulness of the earth.
People jump over the fires for luck – singletons for finding a spouse, travellers for a safe journey and pregnant ladies for an easy birth.
Handfastings which last a year and a day also take place on May-Eve (handfasting involves tying the hands of a couple with a ribbon as a contract of betrothal)
As for me, well one day, if I’m a really good girl maybe someone will want to tie their hands to mine and we can jump over the fire together.
In the meantime, I will be collecting tonight’s dew, for it is said that if you bathe in the dew of the Beltane morn your beauty would flourish throughout the year (and I think I need all the help I can get 😉 )
So whatever you do, may you find peace and happiness this May-Eve.