Hello You Magickal Beings!!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Beltane! I had a nice day doing some spring cleaning, and redesigning my altar to flow with the new Spring season! Spring is all about “Out with the old and in with the new”. It’s a time to declutter, and rejuvenate our personal space whether it’s in our homes or even internally with our mind, body, and spirit!
In this video I will show you my own personal sacred space which I designed for Beltane. Beltane (or Beltain) is typically celebrated on May 1, and is a time to celebrate our faery friends, and the union between the God and the Goddess. It’s about fertility and revival of all living things in nature.
Here are some key things you can place on your Beltane altar to celebrates the different aspects of the God, Goddess, and the Fae!
First things first, you want to decide on the colors and cloths you will be using to create your magickal space! I used bright colors to embody the feeling of spring and rejuvenation! For Beltane, you can typically anything that feels light and spring in nature. I used light purple cloth with little white floral print on it and tied the sides with some spring green organza ribbon. This cloth really sets the tone for the rest of the items I’ll be adding on top of it!
Candles & Crystal Points
Items you will need on your altar to represent the God are typically anything phallic shaped, such as candles or crystal points. I personally used a pillar candle as my centerpiece as well as some quartz crystal points.
The Maypole is also a phallic shaped object often made of Birch. In my case, I used a candle with some ribbons tied to the top, as a replica to place on my altar. Those who traditionally dance the maypole weave the ribbons in and out of each other, symbolizing the union of the God and Goddess and the creation of life and fertility.
Shells, Bird Nests, Acorns, and Flowers
These magickal items are a great representation of the Goddess. I placed a magickal birdhouse on my altar as well as a seashell resting upon a bed of acorns I had foraged. These represent the womblike vessel that is synonymous with the Goddess.
I also used a combination of synthetic and real flowers to adorn the magickal space. I placed a synthetic flower crown in deep purples around the base of my centerpiece pillar candle.
However, I did pick some fresh dandelions and Forget-me-nots, along with some leaves and flowers from my crabapple tree! I made a nice little bouquet with them and placed them on my altar as well!
FireCandles are a great representation of fire which is a crucial element of Beltane. Mini cauldrons are also a great thing to place! I didn’t have one, so I just used my centerpiece candle to represent my Beltane Fire.
In ancient times, cattle and other farm animals were passed through or made to jump over a Beltane Fire, as a means of purification. Nowadays, people hold bonfires in celebration of the Sabbat. There are even some places in the world that have weekend long festivals to commemorate the occasion!
The realm of the fae is most prominent around this time! Now is your time to attract those little buggers! First off, I placed some fairy statues around my space to honor the fae!
I also placed some honey in a little water for them to enjoy! I put this water into a seashell; it is important when feeding your fae, that you use a natural vessel, and stay away from synthetic ones! Faeries are very picky about what they drink from!
Also, crystals are a great way to get in touch with the faeries! I love to work with amethyst crystals when attracting the faeries as well because it is associated with the third eye chakra which is used to tap into otherworldly realms!
Another small offering I added was a little bowl of mixed sea salts with lavender, rose, and lemon essential oils! I also placed a seashell pendant in here once again as an offering to the faeries, and the goddess.
So these are just some ideas on how to celebrate Beltane and create a nice space surrounding those themes!
How do YOU celebrate this springtime Sabbat? Do you just celebrate on May 1, or do you continue to celebrate it throughout the whole month of May? What did you do this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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Justina is the creative force behind Bohemian Magic Studios. She is inspired by bright colors, nature, books, and movies. She loves cooking, arts n crafts projects, essential oils, reading the tarot and talking about astrology!