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Friday Poem – Beltane

A poem about the Beltane festival by “Lady Slipper”Beltane

Love making May crowns, willow wands with SC and casting spells to banish to shades of Winter 😉

Beltane

 

Give way the cold, let the thaw begin
As Winter transforms to Spring again.
Let all creatures of cold slumber rise
And feathers on wings fill the skies.

 

Brooks and streams are babbling
All harken to the song they sing.
The Crocus and the Daffodil
Casting off their Winter chill.

 

Bare boned trees show signs of life
For they’ve withstood cold Winter’s strife.
Sodden fields soon to color green
As life returns where death once seen.

 

A tiny babe born one Yule
Nurtured through many Winter’s cruel,
Has now grown to a maiden fair
Let the joy of Beltane fill the air.

 

From a child the maid she grew
With an innocence known only to a few,
Sheltered by her purity
As to fulfill her destiny.

 

In linen gown with golden thread
A crown of flowers round her head,
Was taken to a secret place
Where her lover could behold her face.

 

Now the maiden sweet with raven hair
Her soulful eyes and skin so fair,
Chance for to meet her lover’s gaze
As he peers at her through his forest maze.

 

The Green Man Cern in gallent stride
Has claimed her for his maiden bride,
And from their love the two shall bear
A babe at Yule with raven hair.

 

Now the maiden has become the Crone
And she spends her time mostly all alone,
With sweet dreams of the Summer Land
Where she’ll soon return to once again.

 

Old and withered when the Crone she died
No tears for her left to be cried.
Though the cycles of life sometimes seem cruel,
Still a babe is always born at Yule.

 

We will celebrate into the night
Our passage into this Pagan Rite,
Let all hear the drumming sound
For the seeds of Beltane have gone to ground.
Our heritage passed hand to hand
And shoulder to shoulder we will stand
By the water’s edge for all to see
Sending love to the Universe, Blessed Be.

 

 

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You know that feeling …

… when you’ve put photos in an album and then quickly flick through, only to find halfway you’ve missed a double page and now have to remove half the album and replacenewfoundland them so you don’t have the blank space?

That!

Just spent the afternoon with SC putting his summer holiday photos into an album, so he can take it into school this week – I’m nothing if not prepared this year 😉

We may not have been traipsing off round the globe like half his class seem to have done, but we have knocked ourselves out in a ‘geek sense’ and have spent time searching for Gromits (as in the dog from Wallace and Gromit) in the city of Bristol!

(Gromit was unleashed over the summer in Bristol, 80 differently painted dogs scattered all over the city and region, in September they will all be auctioned off to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital)

Boy that certainly got my competitive streak going. I wanted to find as many as possible out of the 80 and in the end we managed a respectable 74.

But I digress, I then had a flick through after I had finished and lo and behold there was a blank page staring right at me in the middle of the book.

Oh pook!

Off to calm my OCD side down by moving the pictures – it could take a while!

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A Word about Maps

I’m happy to report that I’m the kind of ‘girl’ driver who doesn’t actually need a sat-nav.sandcastle

I can read a map.

I can sort out directions before I leave and just ‘get-on-with-it’.

However, I think the time has come for me to purchase a new road map. The one I have in my car is a fair few years old.

As it proved yesterday!!!

Took SC to the beach in Wales.

Worked out where I needed to go, etc….BUT

It turns out the road changed somewhat, so instead of ending up at a secluded cove, I ended up in the middle of Cardiff.

Oops! 😉

One check of the map later, renavigated my way out and found the beach.

Unfortunately, it was shingle instead of sand – not the best type of beach with a SC who wants to build a sandcastle.

[note to mapmakers – would it be too much to ask to maybe change the colour you use for the beach on the maps so we can distinguish between shingle and sand?]

So, we had to look at the map again, and drove many miles to a sandy beach.

Phew!

Weather was fab, sun was shining, sea was freezing, my sandcastle building abilities still suck – but we had a FABULOUS time 😉

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Happy Beltane

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.

Blessed be.

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Rain is …

…very relaxing.

I love lying in bed listening to the rain against the window.

I love lying in bed in the summer, listening to the pattering raindrops against an open window and smelling the fresh scent of the wet earth.

I love being out in the rain, splashing in puddles with SC.

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