Happy glorious May Day and Beltane! Yes, it is May 1st and the celebration of Beltane.
What is Beltane you might ask – ahhhh grasshopper let me explain.
Beltane was thought to be one of the more important festivals of the Gaelic calendar. Beltane celebrates the height of Spring and the flowering of life. The Goddess manifests as the May Queen and Flora. The God emerges as the May King and Jack in the Green. The danced Maypole represents Their unity, with the pole itself being the God and the ribbons that encompass it, the Goddess. Colors are the Rainbow spectrum. Beltane is a festival of flowers, fertility, sensuality, and delight. If you have never seen a proper Maypole dance done, I highly recommend it. It is normally danced by girls with flowers woven into their hair and as they dance they weave in and out and through whilst holding onto their gorgeous ribbon. It’s moving artistry and glorious fun! The Beltane fires of yore were a time of revelry, pairing and celebrating fertility (there were lots of babies born 9 months after the celebrations!)
Cattle would be led between two fires for protection and to encourage a strong, fertile herd. People believed the smoke and the ashes from the Beltane fires offered protection and fertility. Holy wells were visited and feasts were had. Sounds like quite a jolly time all in all to me!
So with the thought of Spring and flowers in your mind, let’s crack on with this week’s reading and see who wants to come work with you this week. There is a fun little visualisation to help you with getting centred and present, should you feel so inclined. If not, I invite you to pause for a moment or two and breathe down to the tips of your toes and breathe in the glorious clear, clean and fresh Spring energy and exhale out any stale, stagnant or blaugh energy.
Trust yourself and pick the card or cards that resonate with you. This week there are no glorious crystals, instead the reading was done on rocks. As any rock you find, whether it is a river rock, a rock in the woods, a rock in a meadow is a crystal and they all have a purpose.
Ready to go see?
MAVEN OF MASKS
Who do you want to be? Try that self on for size! You might just discover another genuine facet of you, beyond your known identity. The Maven of Masks tells you, “Act as you wish to be, and so you shall be!”
Have you ever felt the liberation of feeling like a different person when on holiday, travelling in another part of the world or stepping into a world where people don’t know you? The masks have come off and you get to choose who you are going to be. You might feel unfamiliar ways of being – more assertiveness, more confidence, more vulnerability, more feminine or masculine energy – all rising up from within you. It is time to ‘try another personality for size’, to see how much of it ends up being authentically you, just a newly discovered you, but true nonetheless. If you want to discover new qualities in you, you are going to have to start somewhere. Believe, first of all, that you have undiscovered depths and diversity in you.
Second, you have to play – not play-acting, but playing. What is it like to show up for life as if you already have all the courage and sass you long for, or all the creativity and confidence you yearn for? See yourself as that person, as having those qualities. Otherwise, you are like a bird who is yet to fly. It’s in you, but you have to have faith first, and act as if you do. The bird who has never flown has it in him to fly, but he has to make the leap of faith to realise this for himself.
There are advocates for love on this earth, those that are passionate defenders of the freedom for all beings to grow and fulfil their divine destiny. These warriors for the soul know they can either use darkness to serve the growth of the light, or allow it to consume their sense of hope, trust and faith in the right outworking of the destiny of all living things. You are being initiated in the ways of working with darkness constructively, to become a soul warrior with all living beings.
Some things in life are worth fighting for – but how do you fight with love? How do you fight without becoming bitter, hateful, tired, disconnected from the whole reason you needed to fight in the first place? To be a warrior for love and the soul, you have to be smart. You have to know how to fight without fighting, how to use the natural darkness on this planet as a way to birth a new consciousness that is unafraid. Nebula Warrior isn’t afraid of the dark. She isn’t interested in the rules of war established by fear-loving minds. She creates her own rules, not based on what people want her to believe, but based on what works to keep her free and liberate the minds and hearts of all beings.
She comes to you now because whatever situation needs healing in your life, or in the world, you have the power to bring it about. If you go for the goal directly, trying to force a change, you will be putting your considerable energy into pursuit and unintentionally set up resistance and repulsion. Guiding rather than forcing the solution to come into being , is a more effective use of your power. Do what you can do, each day. If you cannot do something you want to do, ask for help from the universe and then let it go. When you need rest, take it. You are a warrior of love and you will win any and every war, through cool compassion and smart, simple strategy.
Many projects in the air; aspirations and inspirations everywhere. Action to take, commitments to make and yet another will soon join the fray! Say yes, do not delay. It will all work out in the perfect way.
You are capable of many things and you are too important an asset to the plan of love on this planet to be left idle. So life, the universe and your own creative urges will ask a lot of you. There will be many inspirations, ideas and dreams that you will yearn to bring to life in the world. You might wonder if it’s all a bit too much for any one person to handle. You might feel you are juggling so much already that if even one more demand or idea comes through, you’ll drop the balls already in the air, and the whole damn thing will come undone!
The Juggler is the master multi-tasker. He brings the skills wisdom and tricks you need to not only successfully bring to life all your current dreams and ideals, but to be open to even more flowing through you. If you feel overwhelmed, you are letting yourself get ahead of yourself, allowing your mind to move too far into the future. Bring it back to now, to just what can be done now. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Prioritise, what do you need to do most today, and what can be left until later? Remember to ask for help and remember that your individual success is actually part of the greater group success. The universe wants you to succeed. It will keep an eye on the pots on the boil whilst you stir the one that is bubbling over now. You are going to manage all that is going on in your life if you remember to stay present and relax, deal with what is immediately happening and not worry about any other distractions. You’ll not only handle all that’s currently going on, but when another opportunity heads your way, you’ll add it to the mix with grace!
Wishing you a glorious Beltane/May Day. Pop a flower in your hair, put your bare feet on the grass, in the sand or in a creek. Light a candle and celebrate this fantabulous day, the birthing of new things, your glorious body, the unconditional love that surrounds you and Smile! See you next week.