Beltane marks the beginning of the magical month of May. It is a time when so many flowers come into bloom and the world turns a lush green. As the sun climbs higher in the sky and days continue to lengthen, warm weather entices us outside to walk barefoot in the grass.

A woodland ramble on May Day is an age-old custom in England where it was called “a maying”. Its purpose was to collect flowers especially “May,” the flowers from hawthorn trees to bring their magic into the home.

More than any other time of year, the waters of May are particularly potent. Springs and wells are considered sacred because of the power of spirits that reside there. If you go to a spring or small stream, treat it with great respect. Take a minute or two to listen to the sound of the water. This will give you a chance to tune into the energy of the water. When it feels like the right moment, dip a finger into the water and then touch it to your forehead and then your heart as a symbolic ritual of purification.

Gather a few flowers and leaves to fashion into a small wreath for an offering. Place it beside the water as you say: “Water spirit, water fair; thank you for the gift you share. Water spirit, undine, sprite; be with me this Beltane night.”

Take a small jar of water home with you for your Beltane altar. Also sprinkle some of the water around your garden or on houseplants to unite the sacred spring with your home.

Blessings of Beltane.

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