This week in our Earth Listening Circle we will be looking at the Celtic Celebration of Beltane, the Cross Quarter Fire Festival celebrated mid way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. It is The Festival of Expectation, and is at the beginning of “the merry month of May”, and traditionally was celebrated by “the wearing of the green” in honor of the Earth’s new spring garment. Communities came together with the maypole in their midst, with the red and white ribbons symbolizing the dance of the male and female polarities becoming one as they dance together. People walked the labyrinths and mazes, fires were lit on hilltops, couples jumped the fire hand in hand to purify, cleanse and to bring fertility. Sacred wells were said to boil at midnight and people washed their faces in the dew at dawn for perpetual youth. Nature is blooming, blossom is everywhere, birds sing, everything is alive and bountiful, sap is rising and everything is bursting with fertility.
It is a time of joy and celebration because everything is so full of life. We too are all full of the power of our potential, so we need to reach out for what it is we want, letting the energy of growth whisk us forward, feeling empowered to take risks, to leap into the dance of experience, and celebrate the power of nature and growth. Now is the time to weave what you have chosen into your life, like the red and white ribbons of the maypole.
There is a glow, an irrepressible joy that spontaneously arises within us when we really listen to the Earth, or any of Her myriad forms of life. When we are able to still our mind and start to breathe with Nature….. breathing in the oxygen the trees have just exhaled and becoming aware of them breathing in the carbon dioxide we have just exhaled….. then start to deeply relax…. we begin to realise we really are an intrinsic part of the whole…we actually belong here… we are part of the Earth.
From this life changing deep connection we then become able to listen and hear what is the next step we need to take, in our unique capacity as the individual we are right now, to become “the change we want to see in the world”.
You are very welcome to join us in this enriching exploration of our connection to the Earth.
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This circle will run weekly on Fridays at 5:30pm UTC.
Led by Emma Mary Gathergood, Earth-Warrior Butterfly