Beltane on Mad Lavender Farm

Beltane on Mad Lavender Farm

May 14th, 2016 was the day of our first Pagan Sabbat celebration on Mad Lavender Farm: the Dance of the Maypole on Beltane. Traditionally Beltane is held on May 1st but our first attempt was rained out. Mother Nature does not, apparently, hold to our schedule!

In her classic tome, “The Spiral Dance”, Starhawk says of Beltane: “This is the time when sweet desire weds wild delight. The Maiden of Spring and the Lord of the Waxing Year meet in the greening fields and rejoice together under the warm sun. The shaft of life is twined in a spiral web and all of nature is renewed. We meet in the time of flowering: to dance the dance of life.”

Charley in the hole.

Charley in the hole.

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Lewis Carroll in the hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goats are not requisite to have at your Pagan gatherings but, with their Yoda ears, curled up tails, cloven hooves, and mischievous nature, they sure do lend it some atmosphere. Our two Dwarf Nigerian baby goats had to inspect the hole dug for the Maypole before we could proceed any further.

We had dug a 3 foot hole in the ground the previous day in preparation for the ceremony. Though Beltane is ancient in it’s origins, I must admit that we “cheated” and used a front loader to dig the hole. Our ground is laden with rocks and digging a hole by hand is not something I need to prove I can do. So, concessions were made.

Pole in the hole!

Pole in the hole!

 

We selected a 12 foot cedar pole found on the floor of the surrounding woods. I love how the cedar aged to a lovely bleached pink patina and it always smells so divine.

We have a nice balance of male and female in our little pagan circle. That masculine energy sure comes in handy for erecting the pole in the hole!

Pole up!

Pole up!

The pole is up with ribbons attached! This is a classic shot. All the photos in this blog post, by the way, are taken by Lori. She has made herself indispensable to our Pagan group in so many ways. Where is Lori? Behind the camera!

Christina tying the ribbons.

Christina tying the ribbons.

Ok, so how did we get all those ribbons up there? We are so fortunate to have Christina, a bonafide Wiccan High Priestess and an inveterate MayPole celebrant in our group. Pictured on the left, she is tying all the ribbons into one big knot which we then secured to the top of the pole with a nail.

Ribbons Tied!

Ribbons Tied!

Ribbons out!

Ribbons out!

Christina led us in casting a protective circle. Another erudite member of our group, Carraig, blessed us from the Druid tradition with a prayer. Then the dance was on!

If we had an idea that we were going to do this dance perfectly; weaving the ribbons in and out, over and under in regimented sequence, the children in our group quickly dispelled that expectation. And so we had fun.

Our Maypole wrapped in ribbons.

Our Maypole wrapped in ribbons.

 

At the culmination of the dance the pole was wrapped in a colorful tangle of ribbons that seemed to represent the hot mess that our lives usually are at one time or another.

Bottle feeding Charley Goat.

Bottle feeding Charley Goat.

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Lewis Carroll giving Michelle a shoulder massage.

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