Often used as a maypole; the dance symbolised the interweaving and joining of male and female energies. In ancient times this ritual was about wildness, sex and potency but it came to represent purity and virginity in Christian times. Another ritual still acknowledged at this time of the year is the Green man which is celebrated in many places within the UK as well as here in North Devon.
- Celebrate outside with a fire as this is central to Beltane.
- Wear green to represent nature’s potency.
- Make a shrine area with spring flowers and greenery. Light a candle for each element of fire, water, air and earth.
- Create a temporary labyrinth in the sand or with stones, walk seeking clarity and be open to receive insights.
- If it’s a clear night seek out Venus and make a wish.
- Dance the maypole!
- Jump the Beltane fire saying what you leave behind and jump to call in your manifestations.