Pagan, Wiccan, Druid Sabbats (Holidays)
Next Sabbat - Beltane (April 30 and May 1)
Relative Deities: May Queen, Stag Lord, Jack-in-the-Green, the Green man
Relative Herbs: Frankincense, roses, lemon balm, lemon thyme
Relative Stones: Quartz crystal, sunstone, orange calcite, malachite
Beltane is the festival of fire and fertility welcoming summer. The first Beltane celebrators were the Celts. The celebration starts at sunset April 30 and ends sunset May 30. Beltane is a Welsh work – tan (fire) and Bel (Welsh Sky God), e.g. 'fire in the sky'. The traditional festival called for a teenage boy and girl to respectively play the parts of the Stag Lord (battling male) and the May Queen (mated female) which would represent fertility to all the lands. Some traditions are the dancing around the Maypole clockwise (direction of the sun) intertwining flowers and vines. The Maypole remained the entire year. It was cut down the following Beltane and used for the Beltane fire. This fire symbolized the Sun’s longer days in the sky. Sick persons and animals were walked between bonfires of the Beltane logs for protection and to ensure fertility.