Sunday, April 26, 2009
Waiting for the May
"Ah! my heart is weary waiting,
Waiting for the May:
Waiting for the pleasant rambles
Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles,
Where the woodbine alternating,
Scent the dewy way;
Ah! my heart is weary, waiting,
Waiting for the May."
- Irish poet, Denis Florence McCarthy
Soon now. Very soon.
P.S. I love this image - it is one of my favorite pieces of pentagram art. It is all over the net - if you know who drew it, let me know.
If I remember correctly, the pentagram (which in my tradition stands for earth, air, fire, water and, at the top, spirit) is the five pointed star. A pentacle is the representation of that image with a circle around it. A pentacle is also the word used for the pentagram within a circle which is modeled in a three dimensional form either in gold, silver, clay, wood, glass, etc. One place that makes lovely pentacles in both clay altar pieces and jewelry (I love the tree) as well as other Pagan and goddess themed gifts is a company called Dryad Designs.
You can read more about Pentacles and Pentagrams at Religious Tolerance.org
Poem: Waiting for the May - The full poem can be found here:
Beltane: Old Style & New Style
May Day lore and links + notes on Lunar Beltane, Solar Beltane, etc.
Beltane at the Baylands
Wondering how to decorate an altar or mediation space for Beltane? Go to Flickr and type in "Beltane altars" in the seach function to get some inspiration.
This simple, lovely and meaningful altar is one of my favorites.