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Do you celebrate Beltaine? How do you do it?

I'm working on a little research into it and will post some info later, just wanted to start a serious discussion going. I had so much fun with the Imbolc research and subsequent work I do for the day that I want to do that again with Beltaine!
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I used to do more than I do [sign in to see URL] space.
But I always planted a special "garden shrine" to honor the Land represented by the Goddess which is now ripe and fertile and the Sun God who expresses His Love for Her.

Now, I just bring in a bunch of fresh flowers, usually from some local farmers market or even gathered wildflowers if I [sign in to see URL] I try to keep the cats from eating them! emoticon

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Well we just had a tree taken down, so now we have this stack of wood.... hmm... and now that said tree is down, there is a safe place to have a fire in the backyard. So maybe I will start!

I remember making May Day baskets when I was a little girl. Funny how traditions last over time, just under a different name. I will have to pick some flowers, whatever is in bloom I guess.
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 emoticon I hear [sign in to see URL] always got to do the Maypole dance with our school, if only our parents and teachers knew! emoticon

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We used to go to Beltaine celebrations at our best friend's, but most of our group has moved on, so it's kinda hard to do the May Pole with just 4 [sign in to see URL] not nearly as much fun!

We used to decorate like mad the night before (or, the weekend if it fell during the week)...we'd put up paper lanters, pull some weedy type vines and wrap them around the rope we put from tree to tree for the lanterns, we'd put up some flowy material to blow in the breeze, put flowers around our 'play' [sign in to see URL], the next day, we'd do things like have a sexy strawberry eating [sign in to see URL] who could dip a strawberry in melted chocolate and eat it in the sexiest way *(DH and I won, one [sign in to see URL] chocolate drippled down between my boobs, and DH licked it off! emoticon ) Of course, we'd dance the Maypole, have a 'phallus toss'...we'd take woven wicker wreathes and we had to toss them onto sticks, held at phallus [sign in to see URL] person who got the most (3 wreaths per person) won a prize (a pack of seeds or a small plant of some kind) We would have finger foods, which we always set aside a portion to give as a thank-you to the Goddess and God and to Mother Earth (we'd put some at the base of each tree in the area) and there was always wine, which we also gave a portion of (again at the base of each tree in the area)..and did a ritual Thank You. In other words, we partied, and had a good time.

[sign in to see URL] give thanks, and gifts of food and drink (not always wine), and that's about the extent of what I do.
I have to say that I do miss the big [sign in to see URL] use to have such a good time. That's the only part of being a part of a coven/group that I [sign in to see URL] gatherings for things like this.

A lot of the time, I will put some wild flowers in vases around the house. We have a lot growing here on the farm, so I just go and pick. Have to be sure all the bugs are off, though lol. I kinda prefer the wild flowers to bought ones when possible, because it's how the Mother preferred [sign in to see URL] put them where she wanted them, for us to enjoy.

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Sounds like fun Saijen! I'm still exploring but I don't have long to figure out what I'm going to do...
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I may actually do a semi-celebration after the fact. We're hosting a Mother's Day/Birthday cook-out for the family on the 13th (which is actually Mother's Day), so I may do some small something that's not readily seen (most of DH's family have no clue about my religious preferences, so have to be careful there)...I may see if DH can cut up some wood and have a fire in the chimenea that evening, and be sure I set aside some of the days 'provisions' to give to the Earth. If some family is still here, I'll just tell them I'm putting out fairy [sign in to see URL] all know I love that kind of thing. I'd have to put it up in the tree though, to keep the dogs from eating it all. The birds can pick buns apart, and so can the ants and any other critters. I [sign in to see URL] better way to celebrate Mother's Day, than to actually celebrate The Mother?

A lot just really depends on what you feel is right for you and how you wish to celebrate, if at all. While dancing the Maypole is fun (and a lot harder than it looks), it's not necessary. Nor is the phallus toss (but man, it's so much fun! emoticon )
Since you (Texas) like to plant, maybe your celebration could consist of planting something special in a special spot, and saying a simple 'Thank You' to whomever, then sitting down in the shade of your favorite tree and relaxing and enjoying your family. This time of year is about growth, and [sign in to see URL] you're doing both with your pregnancy alone, not to mention with Chad and Willa.

I know that whatever any of us do, it will be perfect, because it's what we feel in our hearts, and what is right for us!

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I've never had the privilege of being a member of any group/coven or otherwise. So mine have to be learned alone and done alone. But I don't mind...

Son however gets to go to a big Beltaine celebration at some friends house. They are [sign in to see URL] a witch. He an actual Shaman, they teach the horticulture class in NMSU and he does [sign in to see URL] is also the faculty adviser of the Pagan Student [sign in to see URL] most beautiful couple I've had the pleasure of meeting... emoticon

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That couple you mentioned, Queeny, sound like some really interesting people. The kind of people that others WANT to be around, and totally enjoy spending time with. I hope the kids have a really good time. How is Chris doing now?

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Hey ladies, I loved the wee bit of off topic conversation to a ]thread in Open Circle!

Well, looks like I never did get any studying done on Beltaine so I'm no closer to a ritual/celebration/anything for tomorrow. Huh, not a good study group topic after all!

I did go to a festival which is basically Austin's version of welcoming Spring - Eeyore's birthday. I'll post about that in Open Circle!
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