Beltain gathering in the garden.
A Beltain Ceremony
For me, all of life is bursting with fertility and the power of it’s own potential at this time of year. I was very much guided to connect with our hearts at this time and our own feminine/masculine archetypes within us. We had a beautiful ceremony at my friend Sharifin’s house. First, we opened scared space. Then we shared poems and sayings connected with blossom and spring. We made garlands for our heads with blossom and willow.
Male and Female Archetypes
Imagine that you have a King and a Queen archetype in your heart space, what would they say to you?. What would they say to each other?. This is a good time to re-evaluate your relationship with yourself, your friends and family. Sacred water from a local well was available for people to bless themselves where needed.
We went outside into the garden, where luckily the weather was kind to us. A spiral had been laid with felted rope in the grass and little tealights to light the way. In the centre of the spiral was a young maple tree, with it’s variegated leaves just emerging. We took it in turns to drum and rattle each person into the centre of the spiral and out again. Some people walked slowly, some danced and ran!. Each person took his or her own journey. Some had a question for the journey, some held an intention for themselves.
Then, the sun was setting and a sacred fire was lit at the bottom of the garden using the Q’ero tradition. We released what was no longer serving us and welcomed in a light quality in it’s place for the fertility of our future plans and projects. Once we had all worked with the fire and connected with the fire being in the centre, everyone voiced a need to jump over the fire!. The energy was high and bursting with potential at this point. after a time, we all came back together in a circle around the fire holding hands.
At this point, we made a heart meditation and sent healing energy wherever it was needed in the world.
After closing sacred space when the embers had died down, we shared a wonderful array of food together. This kind of event keeps me going for a long time and is a wonderful way of planning the next six weeks for the heart, head and hands.
The earth festivals are a gentle rhythm connected to nature and it’s seasons. They are an organising principle for us humans to set our intentions and let go of what no longer serves us. Why don’t you have a go at creating one yourselves?. I recommend Glennie Kindred’s books wholeheartedly.
May you flow with beauty,
For all our relations.
Welcome to the blossoming time of year!
Blossom is irresistable!
The bluebells and wild garlic are so wonderful at this time of year. This time around Easter helps me to feel re-born into a new way of life. My medicine walks help me to search for new sacred space in the world, reminding me that I carry my serenity with me wherever I walk.
Joseph Campbell says ‘Sacred space and sacred time and something joyous to do is all we need. almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy’. In her book ‘Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy’, Sarah encourages us to engage in simple springtime rituals of rejuvenation.
We can also seek sacred space in the lower, middle and upper worlds through journeying or visualisation. At the Spring Equinox, we planted our ‘seeds’ for our dreams this year and now it’s time to patiently wait. Part of this process is to hold the healed vision and the highest potential of that seed in our hearts.
At the last full moon ceremony I held, we journeyed into the heart of blossom. This is the essence of blossom , which emanates our own beautiful authenticity. Here is the journey for you to try, it was first offered to me by my friend and sound healer Carolyn Richards for the Earth Calendar day Beltain. I’ve changed it a little bit, as that’s what shaman do, they weave their own medicine into their work to make it their own.
Preparation for your Shamanic Journey
First of all, turn off your devices!
Open Sacred Space
Click a Prayer for Creating Sacred Space for the words.
Sit somewhere you won’t be disturbed for at least twenty minutes. If you have a drum or rattle please feel free to use them, otherwise you can use a singing bowl or a download of a shamanic journey. There are lots of them available, I like the ones by Sandra Ingerman.
You could also try just imagining with your mind’s eye, without any tools at all.
The Journey into Blossom
Picture a meadow full of wild flowers in your mind’s eye.
Imagine yourself on the edge of a meadow, it’s a beautiful sunny day and the birds are out in force.
Look down and notice if you’re wearing shoes, finding the path that will take you to the woodlands in the distance. Use all your senses to see, touch, hear and feel the beautiful nature all around you. The lovely long stalks of the grasses and the smell of the earth.
Eventually, you reach the edge of the meadow and you can wash your hands and face in a clear running stream at the woodland edge . Step into the woods and find your own special spot. This could be a grove of trees or a woodland glade filled with bluebells. See if you can find somewhere with blossom and sunshine.
Take yourself there for a moment to relax, sit and observe the beauty of this place. How does it make you feel?. There is a beautiful tree ripe with blossom in the centre of your space and you watch the bees as they work. One bumble bee makes it’s way into each flower and collecting the pollen. It’s working so hard to make honey.
Honour this bee by sending it your highest heart energies. Imagine that you yourself are shrinking as small as a bee.You are so small that you can also visit the beautiful smelling blossom. What does this blossom smell, feel or look like, as you move closer and closer to it’s centre?.
Possible Questions for your Journey
See if the blossom has anything to say to you. You can ask questions to this blossom, which represents the highest potential of your flowering:
- What’s my next step?
- How can I experience more joy in my life?
- How can I live from my heart?
Listen for the answers that may come to you visually, editorially or kinaesthetically. How does it feel to bee?.
Then, slowly come back to your normal body size and bring yourself out of this sacred space, knowing that you can always come back here when you need to.
This is similar to the ancient art of shapeshifting, I hope I’ve inspired you to try it.
The Shamanic Way of the Bee by Simon Buxton is a good book to read about the sacred life of bees.
The Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, is a beautifully illustrated set of cards that helped me to connect deeply with different native plants from our lands.
May you flow with beauty.