Beltane is the time of the sacred marriage which honors the fertility of the Earth; it represents the divine union of the Lord and Lady. Celebrations include weaving a web of life around the Maypole and leaping the Beltane fire for lick. Wiccan handfastings are common at this festival. This is a time of self-discovery, love, union, and developing your potential for personal growth.
Other Names: Beltaine, May Day, Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgiseve, May Eve, Rudemas, Celtic Summer
Meaning: Union of God and Goddess, Sacred Marriage, All New Life, Fertility for ALL Living Things, End of Winter (Celtic)
Lore: Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of year, for the joining together of two substances to form a third is in the spirit of Beltane.
Deities: Marriage/Sexual Union of Deities, All Mother Goddesses
Activities: Wrapping the May Pole, The Great Rite, Gathering Flowers
Taboos: Giving away fire, and giving away food.
Colors: Red, Green, White, Dark Yellow
Symbols: Eggs, Flowers, Chalice, May Pole, Butterchurn, Flower Chaplet, May Baskets
Animals: Goats, Rabbits, Honey Bees
Stones: Sapphire, Bloodstone
Plants: Primrose, Cowslip, Hawthorn, Rose, Birch, Rosemary, Lilac
Food: Foods traditionally come from the dairy, and dishes such as marigold custard and vanilla ice cream are fine. Oatmeal cakes are also appropriate.
Ritual Oils: Passion Flower, Rose, Tuber Rose, Vanilla
Attunement Teas: (Individually or Blended) Burdock, Damiana, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Saffron
Goddesses: All Virgin Mother Goddesses, All Goddesses of Song and Dance, All Flower Goddesses, All Goddesses of the Hunt, and All Fertility Goddesses, such as Aphrodite (Greek), Artemis (Greek), Blodewedd (Welsh), Cybele (Roman), Diana (Greek), Freya (Norse), Rhiannon (Welsh), Venus (Roman)
Gods: All Gods of the Hunt, All Fertility Gods, All Gods of Love, and All Young Father Gods, such as King Arthur (Welsh-Cornish), Cernunnos (Greco-Celtic), Cupid/Eros (Greco-Roman), Faunus (Roman), Frey (Norse), The Great Horned God (European), Odin (Norse), Pan (Greek), Puck (English), Robin Goodfellow (English)
SOURCE: Some info was taken from an unknown source; however, most info was found at The Wiccan Garden, as taken from The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy and Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham.