Celebrating Beltane With The Fae
Bright Beltane Blessings, witchlings! 🌞
And so another turn of the wheel brings us to the sacred day of the Fae. This is one of our all-time favorite days of the whole year. Also known as May Day, now is the time when the veil between worlds is thin — just like at Samhain, but instead of visits from our ancestors and spirits, we are instead blessed with visits from the beings of Faery Realm! The Fae are able to drift between worlds with ease today, so don’t be surprised if they make a big scene. We’re much more likely to hear and see the Fae when they aren’t hindered by the veil.
It’s no surprise that this day ties in so well with Faery Magick. Beltane is a joyous sabbat full of fertility, play, and new growth; basically all of the things fae love. The sun is out, plants have sprouted, flowers are blooming, animals are mating -- Beltane is the quintessential celebration of life at its fullest. It also represents the union of the Maiden Goddess and the Horned God, so fertility, sex, and fiery passion are some of the big themes that witches focus on during this day. If you have a particular goal you’re reaching towards or dreams you'd like to manifest now is the time to do it!
Fire rituals, music, and dancing are all standard ways to celebrate this day, but there are plenty of other things you can do to welcome the Fae into your home and honor their presence during Beltane. Here are a few of my favorite ways to celebrate:
To sum it up perfectly: connecting with the Faerie Realm means connecting with Mother Nature’s cycle of life. The best way to do this is to go outside and soak in Spring’s energy. Beltane is the peak of the season, and with everything blooming outside it’s hard to resist going out for a walk -- as long as you’re properly distanced and staying safe, of course. We need time outside to recalibrate and ground ourselves, as it's all too easy to become disconnected with nature these days. If you can, find a calm place outside to meditate or do a guided journey to the Faery Realm. Take in the scenery, tend to your garden or potted plants, and show gratitude for all of the new growth of Spring. Pleasing the Fae really is that simple sometimes.
Build A Faery Altar
Creating a sacred space for the Fae in your home is a perfect way to celebrate Beltane. Your Fae Altar can be almost anything -- a windowsill, bedside table, bookshelf, or even your bathroom counter will work just fine. You should place items on the altar that remind you of the Fae or hold their energy, such as warm crystals and fresh flowers. The Fae love decor, so feel free to add potted plants, small paintings, or handmade crafts onto the altar as well. You can also add touches of color that correspond with Beltane, such as red, pink, green, and yellow. The most important aspect of the Faery’s Beltane altar, however, is a candle. Get any candle you want -- I usually choose a Jasmine candle because that’s what my household Fae adore -- and set it in the center of your Beltane altar. Whenever you light the candle, thank the Fae for the blessings and ask them to gather around your homemade hearth to celebrate.
Create A Small Feast
If there’s one thing almost any Fae will go crazy for, it’s fruit. A lot of the Fae that visit me during Beltane enjoy pomegranates, peaches, and berries, but go with your intuition and choose whichever fruit resonates with your energy during this time. While leafy greens are a popular dish during our human Beltane feasts due to their associations with fertility and Spring, the fae like something a little sweeter. Offer them chocolate or small cakes and watch the Faery Magick start to pop off! Another popular faery offering during Beltane comes from Celtic folklore, when Bannock would be left out for the fae at night in order to win their favor. You can find a tasty and traditional Bannock recipe here if you want to give it a try!
The Fae love art. They want you to create and express your imagination, whether that be through painting, crafting, or music making. Whatever gets you in your artsy pants, make it happen during Beltane and ask the Fae to join in on your celebrations. I make a lot of handmade crafts, so I like to create small maypoles and spell jars during Beltane for the Fae to enjoy. The maypole is a symbolic union of the God and Goddess, representing the perfect balance of male and female and was traditionally danced around after sunrise, when frisky couples would return from their passionate adventures in the forest, often carrying flowers that they had picked along the way. If you want to create your own maypole, it’s super easy to do with stuff around your house! I like to make my own with sticks from the backyard and recycled t-shirts that I’ve cut up, but you can make one out of anything cylindrical, such as a hollow paper towel roll.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a bright and blessed Beltane!