May Cross Quarter Point – Beltane/Samhain 2014

Beltane – Northern Hemisphere

Beltane traditionally celebrated May 1
Exact Astrological Point May 5

Beltane is the cross-quarter Wheel of the Year point following Spring Equinox. Also known as May Day, it marks the starting point of the turn toward summer. The flowers are in full bloom, and the days are definitely longer. Beltane, halfway around the Wheel from Samhain, celebrates the light life-giving portion of the cycle, while Samhain represents the dark time of year, and the dying away portion of the cycle. At both of these windows, the veil between the worlds is thin, so stay open for magical messages from the spirit realm.

Beltane is the starting point for the growing summer season. The young “sun” or “son” who was born at Winter Solstice has grown into a God and now becomes the partner of the Goddess in order to fertilize the fields for the abundant harvest. The Solar Fire God and the Earth Goddess unite now and bring forth life to feed the multitudes.

The union of Earth and Fire is essential for the growth of crops, so it is honored with feasting and ceremony to ensure the fertility of the land. Here, we celebrate the union of the Goddess and God, the great sacred marriage. Symbols and dances of sacred union and fertility abound. The dance of the May Pole, for instance, represents and celebrates the powerful union of the masculine and feminine principles.

Each of us carries internally the two basic principles of masculine and feminine within our consciousness, and at this time of year you can find value in noticing how they are working together. Those two principles must join within you for any creation to come to fruition. Honor how they both work, and notice what they want to fertilize with their combined energy.

In terms of your creations, Beltane marks the time when the energy swells to ripeness. Check on your intentions from Winter Solstice. How is their growth progressing? Is there anything they need in order to be more fertile? Infuse your creations with the necessary energy, using ceremony, if possible.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle.

Personal Action Suggestions for Beltane:

~ Honor the Goddess Flora and the flower realm. Create a May Basket of flowers to give to someone in need of care. Wear flowers in your hair or decorate your home with them. Plant flowers in your garden.
~ Ceremonially honor the union of the God and Goddess within the masculine and feminine principles. Take time to internally connect with each of them through journaling, then ask what they want you to know. Is there something they are choosing to bring forth?
~ Honor the fairy folk. Leave a gift for them of honey and milk or little sweet treats. Thank them for all they do to create a beautiful world. Even the invisible world loves appreciation.  
~ Honor and celebrate your sexuality in a special ceremony. Decorate with candles and flowers and create a magic-filled time to enjoy a sensuous experience.
~ Ceremonially dress in bright colors and patterns and honor the abundant beauty of the season.
~ Follow an ancient tradition and wash your face in the dew on May Day morning to increase your beauty and good fortune.

~ Elemental Journaling: Take the time to listen to each element and their message to you to heighten fertility for the active growing season.

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Beltane:

~ Tune into the topic of fertility and ask yourself what would make your business more fertile right now. Write down any messages you receive and implement.  
~ Connect to your financial flow and sacred union. Ask internally if there are any places where you need to more effectively unite your feelings and actions for your finances to flow.
~ Spend some time outside sitting on the ground connecting to the Earth Mother. Ask her what your business or professional life needs now in order to flourish.
~ Create a simple ceremony to infuse fertile energy into your business
desires and goals.

~ Brighten your office with flowers.
~ Spend time reflecting on your inner feminine; ask her what she needs to flourish in your business/profession. Then tune into your inner masculine; ask him what he needs to flourish in your business/profession. Now ask them both how they can better create together.
~ Take a few extra hours off to enjoy this potent creation window. Relax.


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Samhain – Southern Hemisphere 

Samhain traditionally celebrated on May 1
Exact Astrological Point May 5

The four cross-quarter days of the Wheel of the Year were considered very important by the ancient people who worked with the Wheel. Honored by many cultures as a sacred time, Samhain (pronounced Sah-win, or Sah-ween). The medieval Irish word Samhain means summer’s end. It’s celebrated as the last of three harvest festivals (Lughnasad, being the first; Autumnal Equinox, the second), as the growing season in comes to a close.

This cross-quarter day begins the turn toward winter. This time of year when so many cultures honor the dead occurs just as the deepest darkness of the year begins. The solar “Sun God” traditionally is thought of as going back into the womb of the “Goddess” to gestate there, until his rebirth at Winter Solstice. The six weeks from Samhain to Winter Solstice are the darkest time of our year.

Traditionally, this creates a window that ends the old growing season before the new one starts again. Some people connect to Samhain as both the end and the beginning of the new growing year; to others, it’s the end of the old year as the new one begins at Winter Solstice. Either way, the “veil between the worlds” of life and death are considered thin here, and traditionally, we honor those who have crossed through death to the other side.

During this Year of the Wheel Point, the ancestors are honored and celebrated by displaying photos and lighting candles on their behalf. These departed loved ones are also sometimes contacted for communication during this time. So take time here to appreciate all your ancestors, loved ones, and mentors on the other side, and all that you have harvested as this growing cycle comes to a close.

This window begins the inward turning time of the year. It’s the time to reflect within in order to determine what you’re ready to release or let go of, and what you choose to bring into the next growing cycle. The action of reflection here forms a very important part of the creation cycle. In order to create the “new,” often something also needs to be “let go of.” So spend time in reflection, tuning into what needs to be released, then be willing to take action to do so physically. Or allow it energetically.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle. 

Personal Action Suggestions for Samhain:

~ Honor your ancestors and those who have transitioned that you love.
~ Tune into what you need to release and have a “letting go” ceremony or a big giveaway of things you no longer need.
~ Connect to anything you want to bring into form, energize the feeling of its completion, and give thanks.
~ Work with your creation journal or dream board, collage and energize what you are ready to have come into form. Remember that some things you want to bring in require a gestational time on the inner (just as a baby does in the womb) before they are ready to birth or emerge into the outer world.
~ Spend some time really listening to your inner guidance in every area of your life. This is a very important time to connect to elemental wisdom by working with each element and to listen internally to your feelings and guidance.
~ Review your year and ask yourself where you were successful with bringing in your creations and where you can apply yourself more fully.
~ If you enjoy divination, this is one of the most potent times of the year to do it because the veils between the worlds are thin. So get out your oracle cards, runes, or other tools and ask for guidance for the coming year.

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Samhain:

~ Tune into what you need to “let go of” in your business/professional life in order to bring forth the next level of growth.
~ Take time to connect to your inner guidance around what’s next to be created in your business.
~ Honor and give thanks for your business/professional growth, development, and abundance over the last year. Determine the details of what you would like to bring forth during the next year.
~ Spend time in reflection around your business. Determine what needs gestation in order to fully come into form in the next growing cycle.
~ Honor your business “ancestors” and do some divination for your business.
~ If you want to see your business desires in form, use this window of ceremonial opportunity to allow the magical creation forces of nature to powerfully assist you.
~ Remember to give thanks and only energize what you choose to have come into form.



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