~Beltane Blessings~

Beltane is a time of fertility and lusty magic, so it’s no wonder there is so much emphasis on sex this time of year. Fertility has been celebrated for thousands of years in many different ways, and for modern Pagans and Wiccans, there are all kinds of magickal aspects to this spring Sabbat. Let’s look at some fertility customs from around the world, the idea of magickal sex, and the magick that you can grow right in your own garden.

Fertility Customs and Magick

The Beltane season is a time of fertility, not only for people but for the land as well. If you plant a garden each summer, Beltane is a good time to do some fertility magick so that you will have an abundant crop by the time the harvest rolls around. There are many different methods of ensuring the fertility of the land, and you can incorporate any of these into your rituals and ceremonies.

In ancient Rome, it wasn’t uncommon for the master of the land to take his wife out to the fields and have sex right there on the ground. If you had a lot of land, this could take all day, but it was practically guaranteed to ensure that the field would be fertile and productive once your slaves got the planting done.
In some traditions, menstruating women add a bit of their blood to the soil to add potency. It’s a scientific fact that blood contains a lot of nutrients, so it makes sense to blend this in with the dirt before planting.
Farmers in the Congo region of Africa make offerings to the spirits of the land before they begin clearing it for planting. In addition to the offerings, there is also a great deal of chanting, drumming and singing, and it is only after the spirits indicate that they are pleased with the gifts and performances that the farmers may plant their crops.
The Algonquin peoples of the mid-Atlantic region performed ritual dances to ensure a bountiful agricultural crop each year. Dances involved a lot of noise, in order to wake the sleeping earth.
In Crete, a sword dance called the Kuortes was held each spring. During the Kourtes, a group of men gathered together, moving in unison with sticks or swords. Although it sounds warrior-like, it wasn’t a martial dance but one that scholars say promoted fertility, instead. If you think about it, banging a stick or sword on the freshly plowed earth has quite a bit of fertility symbolism.
Roman women paid tribute to Flora, the goddess of flowers, in order to ensure fertility of both the land and the womb. A woman who was having trouble conceiving a child might offer flowers at Bona Dea’s temple on the Aventine Hill. In an interesting paradox, Bona Dea was a goddess of both virginity and fertility, and was represented by the snake, often connected to fertility as well.
In Nagoya, Japan, residents still celebrate the annual Honen-sai festival. This is held each year in the spring, to make sure the crops will be plentiful, and includes a parade – the highlight of which is a giant penis on a float (the penis, carved from a cypress tree, is about fourteen feet long and quite impressive indeed).

In some (although not all) traditions of Wicca and Paganism, sacred sex is part of spiritual practice. Wicca in its original form is a fertility religion, first and foremost, so it’s understandable that at some point you may encounter some references to sexual acts, whether they be actual or implied. The Great Rite represents the union between the God and Goddess, and the joining of male and female.

Magickal Gardening

Naturally, this time of year, we’re talking about fertility, but not just for people. The land is fertile and welcoming too — it’s why we plant seeds now, so that they can grow during the summer. Magickal gardening can be a productive way to spend your time, and it will bring you closer to nature. Here are some ideas for getting your hands into the soil at Beltane, and planting magickal gardens.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holland & Flannery
    May 03, 2013 @ 15:21:45

    Wishing you a slightly belated ‘Happy Beltane’ mysticalmoonstar, hoping you enjoy and benefit from the new seasonal energies. That’s a couple of beautiful pieces of artwork you’ve used to illustrate this post. Blessings.

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  2. Raphael's Legacy by Barry Hardy
    May 14, 2013 @ 06:41:16

    Lovely post and sublime images, what’s more theres a truly warm and magical energy around your blog, very big thank you for sharing, sincere regards, Barry

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    • mysticalmoonstar
      May 14, 2013 @ 11:57:08

      So glad you enjoyed it. Beltane is a really special time for me and the Fire Festival on Calton Hill is such an amazing place to be, the energy there is just so magickal and empowering and everyone throws themselves into it with great gusto.

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