Well hello there! It has been a long weekend of cake & cheering - but more on that in the next post. Truth is, I cannot even think about buttercream or jam without wanting to heave.
Today's post is loosely about one of the few Pagan celebrations I actually do anything for. Beltane. Festival of fire and lust. But again, only when I remember. And it is only ever simple. Being outside during the day and lighting candles at night. Having pink & white flowers in the house with a mixture of green foliage. Making a simple offering. I might make a special meal. I might order a take away. There's that lax-ness again.
But there are many things that I see round and about in my daily life that make me think of The Gods - mainly the feminine side - but sometimes both. And that's what the 1st of May is all about. The joining of the two to bring forth the summer and the harvest. Think of it as cosmic humping.
So, it is the humble Dandelion that shows me both sides of Divinity. I am a huge fan of wild flowers. Poppies, Daises, Bluebells, Thistles even Cow-Parsley. But I have to confess to loving the Dandelion almost as much as the Poppy.
Not only does it ooze vitamins A, B, C and D, it is also loaded with zinc and iron. And edible. Killing them off with nasty pesticides because they ruin your crazy paving? Stop, pick and nom*. Sorted.
But the true reason behind this love is it's symbolism. The Sun / God represented in the yellow, solar-obeying flower that to me brightens any swathe of green on a summer's day. And then the Moon / Goddess is the lunar looking seed head that is left behind. The duality of the Divine in one little flower. How more simplistic could it be?
Having more of a feminine leaning when it comes to my spirituality, it is the dandelion "clock" that attracts me more. I love blowing the seeds off into the wind, sending a wish with them as they go, hoping that when they land they plant themselves into reality. Perhaps if I stop wishing for silly things like a million smackers or smaller feet, the wishes might come true! *sigh*
So, enjoy your Bank Holiday Monday in the UK - it is thanks to the age old celebration of May 1st that we still have it today. Hurrahs!
*eat at own risk. Wash thoroughly first. Dog wazz is not at all palatable.