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Celebrating Beltane

Beltane (May 1) is named after the god Baal or Bel, a shining god or shining god, a solar god who brought vitality, strength and youth. In Beltane the arrival of summer is celebrated, to honor the god bonfires were lit by mountains and hills. It was also a party focused on love, sexuality and fertility, this party gave rise to a month of total debauchery. Children conceived during this season were believed to be children protected by this god. Some witches celebrate it around May 5, when the sun reaches 15º in Taurus.

This festival is full of customs, one of the best known is the dance around the Palo de Mayo (Maypole). The most significant symbolism related to this suit is the connection with the "World Tree", the tree as a phallic symbol also represents life, fertility and immortality.

One of the most important features of this celebration was the appearance of the King and Queen of May. Traditionally associated with Robin Hood and the Maiden Marian. Robin, whose name means ram, stole from the rich to give to the poor, lived in the woods with his band of men who worshiped Mary. The cult of Mary had been prohibited by Constantine, the first Christian emperor. Marian, the Queen of May, related to nature and paganism. It is not hard to see the relationship between the Maiden Marian and Mary (Christianity).

Robin has also been described as the God of Witches, with the horns and feet of a ram, a witch's broom slung over her shoulder, and a lighted candle in her hand. He has been associated with fairies, both he and his men dressed in green clothes, colors associated with fairies. In addition, another of his names is "Puck", which was immortalized by Shakespeare in his work A Midsummer Night's Dream.

To celebrate this holiday you can:
1. Decorate your altar in honor of this holiday
2. Burn incense and meditate
3. Do the Maypole dance

Happy Beltane!

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