|This year's Beltane fire.|
Beltane is also a time of transition and purification. Households would douse their individual fires and relight them from a common bonfire, lit on the evening of the celebration. Livestock were often driven through a path between two bonfires in order to ensure fruitful breeding seasons. Sometimes oatcakes or bags of flour were shared around the communal fire to ensure a good harvest.
While most of us no longer dance around be-ribboned poles or sit around bonfires on May 1, Beltane does offer us an opportunity to reflect on where we are in the cycle of life: new growth, fertility, or transition and purification. For more suggestions for spiritual practices for the season, click here ..