‘When this card appears, it signifies a time to ‘let the magic work’ and to let go of trying to control the situation. It can also indicate romance or a chance meeting that results in something special.”
“Beltane is the time of fertility and union. In the myths and legends of some traditions the Goddess and God begins their courtship on May 1st. The card depicts the festival setting for the Beltane ritual. Statues of the Goddess and God appear behind an altar, with the starry sky of night in the background (for traditionally this is a May Eve celebration). Here they stand as the Lady of the Green and the Lord of the Green. On the head of the Goddess is a crown of morning glory, primroses, and violets. The statue is decorated with the red, black, and white cords of the mystery tradition. Red represents the living blood of our ancestors, which flows into our veins. Black represents the deep shadows that contain the enlightenment awaiting the true seeker. White symbolizes what remains behind, a metaphor of the bone, representing the wisdom and knowledge left behind by our ancestors.”
“Dangling from the cords are white and red rose buds, which represent the joining of form and passion. On the statue of the Goddess appear shells and phallic symbols representing the union of feminine and masculine. In her hand the Goddess holds a blossom, and all about her are fireflies in the night. At her feet is a cauldron filled with flower blossoms. In front of the cauldron appears the fallen antler of the God, symbolizing the passing of his reign into her hands, for the Goddess reigns from Beltane to Samhain (as the God reigns from Samhain to Beltane).”
“A lighted candle sits on the God statue, representing his divine presence. Between the statues the altar is adorned with flowers placed on a bed of ivy, which represents the binding of the Goddess and God to one another. It is flanked by two red candles representing the passionate polarities and forces of nature. In the foreground lies a wand, representing the fertility of the season.”
THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Beltane card is about the principle of attracting elements that can join together for a greater purpose and function. The season specifically relates to the polarity of feminine and masculine (whether mundane or spiritual). It is through bringing the polarities into harmony that the creative process and the ability to manifest something becomes possible.”
Today’s message comes from The Seeker’s Guide to the Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with amazing artistry by Mickie Mueller.