Today, in the Pagan calendar, the north celebrate the coming of winter at Samhainn. And all the while the sun is peaking up from behind the lush vernal trees and dancing for us once more in the southern hemisphere, as we welcome Beltane on October 31st. Or as I like to refer to it Beltane of the underworld.
A pagan spiral formation in Faerie Glenn where everything is miniature and enchanted. Copyright Content Catnip 2010
Beltane is the Gaelic seasonal festival historically held to mark the midpoint between the spring equinox & summer solstice (Là Bealltainn in Scottish Gaelic; Lá Bealtaine in Irish). Fire is the traditional means of marking this spring festival of optimism & return.
A famous Ossianic lament
“Though their chords like thunder roll,
When at Beltane brims the bowl,
Thou’rt the music of my soul,
Maiden of Morven!”