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CELEBRATING BELTANE

Moon rise and star fall
Fire burn and night wind call
Drum beat the wild song
That heart sings at summer’s dawn

Sown are the new fields
With bright seed of harvest’s yield
Far down the roots bind
The heart’s joy to summer’s time

BELTANE means “bright fire” in Gaelic. In the ancient agrarian communities of northern Europe, fires were lit on the eve of May to celebrate the return of growth and fertility to the land. Beltane and its counterpart, Samhain, divide the year into its two primary seasons: winter and summer. Samhain marks the advent of the dark time, when the earth slips into its winter slumber and we gather around our hearths to honor the dead. At Beltane, the earth calls all life to awaken, to rise with the sap, to revive and bloom once more. Beltane marks the beginning of the green time, the season of light and hope and new life.

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