THE SONG OF BEALTAINE – 1st May to 31 July
I am the calm, I am the quickening,
I am the intoxication and the force,
I am the silence, I am the singer,
I am the stallion galloping to its source.
I am the bright pavillion and the feasting,
I am the wedding couple and the bed,
I am the morning chorus and the heartbeat,
I am the goal to which all paths are led.
The summer quarter of Bealtaine brings the gift of increased confidence and is a time of growth and greater sociability as the weather grows fine and hot.
It is traditionally the time for celebrating the essential eros of the year, the vitality of summer and the joys of youth.
In the human growth cycle, Bealtaine corresponds to the period of young adulthood when the blood is hot, when ideas are sometimes impetuous and ambitions pursued with vigour and ardour.
Bealtaine is a good time to celebrate the lives of all heroes and heroines, all protectors of the land, all who were involved in innovative and resourceful means of help, all holy ones whose great love complements their spiritual practice with human grace.
Activities for BEALTAINE/SUMMER
Practice your physical skills e.g. sport, exercise, dance, etc. - drawing upon the vigour of this season
Be aware of the heroes and heroines who have made the spiritual pathways come alive for you.
Plant and plan your garden to provide a treasury of colour in late summer and Autumn.
Walk and meditate outdoors for at least half an hour daily.
Be active, with like-minded others, in providing support for environmental concerns both at local and global levels.
In this busy season, make time for proper soul nurture.
As you travel through the country of Summer, relate your spiritual journey to the bright gifts of this season.
(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)