Beltane

Beltane is upon us and now is the time to celebrate. Traditionally, it is celebrated from sunset on April 30th till sunset on May 1st. The “lord fire” or “bright fire”, marks the renewal of life and the coming of the fair folk.  Fertility and union of energies was a huge role in Beltane festivities. It marks the last half of manifestation of your thought-seeds. Now is the time to re-energize what your want to happen. Personalize this time with flowers, new plants, crystals, green wreaths, spellwork, etc.

As the Earth begins to wake, it is said that the fair folk are most active. Offerings of milk and honey would be given as a way to receive their blessings and avoid any of their mischief. Some people would build bonfires and dance around it to honor the old ways and summon Earth energies.

A great way to modernize this practice in the comfort of your home is to use candles. Choose candle colors that would represent your intentions. Fill your cauldron or offering bowl with herbs and flowers. Surround it with the candles, careful to keep enough distance as not to catch anything on fire. We don’t need the element Fire or the salamanders running wild in your house! Dance around if you feel like it or just meditate in front of it. Just follow your intuition and make sure to put your intentions into it. 

Happy Beltane!!

 

Here are a few ideas you could do:

*Make love outside or in a forest

*Make a wreath of flowers and herbs

*Have a gatherings where everyone wears wreaths of green and flowers

*String garlands of ivy around the house

*Hand fruits and vegetables among the trees

*Walk barefoot on the forest floor or green grasses

*Light a candle as you make a wish, then dance around naked (skyclad)

*Remind the ones you love and cherish, how important they are to you

*Create an altar with crystals, plants, flowers, and candles

*Stare into a candle flame and visualize it cleansing you with its light

 

Re-charging Your creativity

Winter is at its end and its time to energize yourself out of that slumber! How do you re-charge yourself? What is a good method to resetting your mindset and creativity? 

Creativity is a doorway to making wonders happen. It is what civilizations are made of and what keeps the human spirit alive. Its defined as a phenomenon where something new and valuable is formed. So if you feel like life is on pause or maybe you just cant reach that next level. Try boosting your creativity. You may find that new doors and opportunities will appear. 

A great way in which I like to re-charge is taking a walk outside and take in the natural energy of nature. I love how the sun can hit your skin just right and give you an instant boost in mood. How the wind caresses your skin and makes you feel as light as a feather. Also, carrying around the crystal citrine can help since it is said to stimulate creativity and energy. A powerful motivational stone that can encourage self-expression and individuality, while surrounding you with positivity. 

Another crystal I would recommend is a bloodstone. It is said to help enhance intuition and creativity. Great at dispelling confusion and the muddling of the mind. In turn, helping to calm your intellect and boost your decision-making process. Don’t forget to always cleanse your area and self before beginning anything anew by smudging with sage, burning cleansing incense, or even using holy/blessed water. 

Josh Beam, an illustrator, says he recharges his creativity by reading, watching movies, playing video games, and listening to music. So it doesn’t always have to be an intense process to be inspired and re-charge your creativity. Even daily things like watching a movie can jump start your creativity and form something new, and valuable.

Whatever way you find, let it be yours and yours alone. The building blocks to anything creative is always taking the first step. Whether that is walking in nature, sitting in a garden and just observing, or reading your favorite book that you’ve somehow forgotten about; take that first step and create something new. Leave winter behind and spring into a new creative you!!

Blessed Be!!

 

  

Garden Spring Prep

Winter is coming to an end and now its time to get our gardens ready for Spring! Its a time for new growth and a change in plants. If you want to make a change, now is the time. I would recommend taking a look at the garden and formulate how you would like it to look. Are there any dead debris that you can cut back? Are there any leaves covering-up growth that can be removed? Think about pruning that rose bush or that plant that has a lot of dead growth or needs to be shaped. I have a sage plant that I planted last year and so I’ve pruned it to prepare for it to come back lush for Spring. Sage is one of my favorite plants and it always looks soo majestic in the garden with its beautiful, fragrant leaves.  

Dont forget to clear your garden borders and beds to expose the soil to the elements. I would recommend putting all of the dead matter and debris into your compost to be used later in the season. Try not to put any weeds into your compost bin since they could contain seeds that could germinate and cause extra maintenance to the bin. If you have a greenhouse, this would be a good time to clean up any broken glass or parts that could be replaced. Try to wipe down any parts that help to let sunshine in. 

Also, now is the perfect time to get any slumbering pests out of the garden. Try to find sleeping larvae in the soil and relocate them or aphid colonies that might be hibernating under that dead leaf. Here is a tip, if you have the chance to collect rainwater during the rainy portions of Spring, try to save it for the garden or for that special plant that you need to bring back to life. Gardens love rainwater and tend not to have all of that extra chemicals that regular water from that tap, could be treated with. 

Go over a checklist with your garden tools. Make sure you have the right tools and replace that hand shovel that is falling apart or those garden gloves with holes in it. You will be on your way to a beautiful garden for Spring in no time. 

Happy Gardening!!

 

Here is an example of me pruning my sage plant:

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