THE SONG OF BEALTAINE – 1st MAY to 31st 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 vigor of this season.
Regularly assess your motivations and your use of the gift of life.
Remember spiritual kindred – those whose spiritual focus you share.
Be active, with like-minded others, in providing support for environmental concerns both at local and global levels.
Be aware of those 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.
Create an outdoor prayer-shrine – or if you live in the city, befriend a tree in a park or find a place where you can go regularly to pray/meditate outdoors.
Identify flowers and animals in your locality and learn about their life and habitat.
As you travel through the land 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)