Beltane: Bonfire of the Soul

So, it’s almost Beltane. And in these days of “sheltering in place” how does one celebrate this festive holiday with your friends? Well, you don’t. (Unless you maintain an appropriate social distance of at least six feet and that seems to defeat the purpose, doesn’t it?

However, this doesn’t mean that Beltane is lost. In fact, it can still be a powerful, transformative spiritual observance as solo practitioners. Thankfully, I have a fire pit in my backyard so there will definitely be fire! If you’re not that fortunate, light up a mess of candles to embody the spirit of the thing!

The time for feeling sad, sorry and depressed is over! Many of us have been sequestered for 6 weeks now and it’s time for us to use the Beltane fire to purify and empower ourselves. What injustices are you angry about as the coronavirus strips bare the failed systems and policies of our nation? We may be “all in this together” but some of us are in it more than others. May the flames of Beltane ignite our passion for justice and the will to fight for it in any way we can.

What light can you personally bring into the darkness we are experiencing? Everyone has a circle of influence. Every knows someone who could use a word of encouragement, a bag of groceries, prayers for healing, or magical intentions for protection. Let’s get off our spiritual butts and do the work that needs to be done.

I’ve heard it said that we are made for times such as these. I wish it weren’t the case, but these are the cards we have been dealt. May Beltane be a night of transformation and strengthen our resolve to make this messed up world a better place. So mote it be!

Copyright ©2020 by David Taliesin

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page
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