Beltane Blessings! Beltane is to many Pagans the happiest celebration in the Wheel of the Year… and let’s face it, it’s hard to not be happy this time of year, when all of nature is bursting with colour after the long winter and we get to wake up to birds singing.
The traditional pre Christian celebrations were all about ensuring fertility for both people and and cattle as well as an abundant harvest. This was done by lighting bale fires to burn away all the old, negative influences and create protection for everyone in the household. The word Beltane literally means fires of the God Bel/Belenos.
In the Wheel of the Year, we have reached the place where the young King/God replaces the old King/God and is finally ready to procreate with the Goddess/May queen. The enactment of their coming together in various more or less direct forms (yes, including actual copulating in the fields) is what used to ensure fertility and abundance in the year ahead.
The Tarot spread is one you can use for whatever you intend to call down the Beltane Fire from Heaven this blessed season, be it for new love, fertility, creativity, creative projects, a new fitness regime etc… OR you can just leave it open for general guidance.
Either way, I recommend that you light a candle and sit for a while in meditation before you begin. Breathe slowly and become aware of your own life force energy. Are you ‘full of beans’ or are you nearly running on empty? Just accept what is and open up to receive the blessing…
1. This card symbolises your Chi/Life force right now. This is what your energy is tied up in or how it currently expresses itself.
2. This card symbolises the blessing that is there for you to invoke on Beltane. This is Fire from Heaven but can sometimes come in a very different and non-fiery form. Either way, if it does look more like a challenge, it will be something that will unblock your Chi flow.
3. The ‘Fire proof container’ card symbolises an influence in your life that you can harness in order to avoid burnout. It’s a protective energy. It could also symbolise a supportive person or an attitude you need to adopt if one of the court cards are found here.
4. The Fire (if invoked) will burn away whatever is symbolised by this card, in order to free up more of your Life force energy.
5. The Fire (if invoked) will feed this element in your life. This is where you should focus more effort in the next couple of months.
6. + 7. These two cards expand on card 5.