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Beltane 2010 – Why We Celebrate

By Gus diZerega

Wiccans along with most other NeoPagans celebrate the sacredness of all natural cycles. These cycles are particularly clear within regions with four distinct seasons, and I think it is natural that we, whose origins most recently hail from the British Isles, emphasize the ever changing and eternal seasons to concretely symbolize the most basic of these cycles. We have eight Sabbats, four synchronized with the solar cycle of Solstices and Equinoxes, and four linked to the old Celtic agricultural cycle. These last four are generally the more important, I think because the cycles of birth, life, and death are at their most concrete.

Of these four days, two are particularly important: Beltane and Samhain. Samhain honors the powers of death, as Beltane honors those of life. For these are the two biggest themes in all embodied existence. Without life, the rest of embodiment is irrelevant, and everything that lives also dies. As one joker told me, “Life is a sexually transmitted terminal condition.”

And that is why Beltane, which most unreservedly and exuberantly focuses on life, also most unreservedly and exuberantly focuses on sexuality.

Read the original article at: A Pagans Blog

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