The Wheel of the Year has turned once more and we reach the magical time of Beltane or Beltaine (Irish). This is one of the cross quarter fire ceremonies in the Celtic wheel and is opposite to Samhain. It is commonly celebrated on 1st May in Britain, but also on 30th April known as Beltane eve. It is the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice and signifies the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Beltane holds much magic and, as at Samhain, the veil is thin, allowing us to have a more accessible connection to spirit and of course the Fae folk.
Beltane represents fertility and the coming together of the God and Goddess to impregnate the earth. Their union sparks bursts of luscious green and blooming flowers everywhere. This is a perfect time to find some gratitude for what the earth and nature gives to us everyday. The season brings us to connecting with Gaia, recognizing that we are one, and giving her thanks and blessings for the abundance that she provides. It is an opportunity to create protection and make wishes for an abundant future for you and your family over the coming months. There are many rituals and ceremonies that take place through different traditions at the time of Beltane and most often these link to a connection with the fairies.
Fairies have many different representations throughout history and in various cultures. The description that I most relate to is that fairies are beings of the earth plane living in a parallel dimension. This means that they exist here among us but are hidden by the veil like the spirit realm. These ethereal beings are very much grounded to the earth and do hold a sense of ego like us humans. There are many types of Fae and connection with them is not for the faint-hearted. Of course, some fairies hold a very special magical energy based on love and kindness but there are varieties of dark Fae that wish to cause harm or chaos. They have a tendency to be mischievous and this can present as either humorous or downright disastrous! I advise anyone wanting to connect with the Fae to be very clear about your intent and to never say thank you to them! They do not wish to be seen as our servants but will gladly provide support if the being invoking them is pure of heart and has good environmental values. Ensure that you have some sort of spiritual protection when requesting the Fae join you in this earthly plane. My favorite form of spiritual protection is ‘Wings of Protection’ which can be accessed on my YouTube channel Yoga-Fae Journey.
The Fae have always been present in my life and I firmly believe they have guided me and protected me whilst also throwing in some mischievous magic here and there.
Here are some practices that will draw the Fae into your life this Beltane.
A Magical Offering- The Fae love all things sweet and natural so you can leave an offering of milk and honey out on Beltane eve. This will attract the Fae to your home space or garden, inviting them to work their magic and bring abundance. They also have affinity for all things shiny and beautiful so flowers, crystals and fairy gardens will work in exactly the same way.
Connect to Nature- Spend some time outdoors if you can and let your bare feet touch the earth. If you are able, go outside at sunrise on Beltane morn, call the Fae in by chanting these words “fairies, fairies come to me, I ask for your guidance, so mote it be”. Then sprinkle some fresh morning dew on your face which is said to hold magical properties and retain youth. As you watch the sunrise, look out for little sparks of light or anything you feel represents a message from the Fae.
Make a Wishing Tree- You can either use a tree in your garden, a bush or some branches/twigs to display in your home. Please be respectful to nature when tying items onto trees, especially outside of your home space. Use ribbons or pieces of material and as you tie these make a wish. Think about the colours you are using and how these colors to enhance the magic. As an example, you may want to use the colour pink to encourage new love or the colour green to support financial abundance.
Fairy Oracle Cards- Beltane is also the perfect time to work with divination practices and what better way to connect with the fairies is there other than to use fairy oracle cards. I am blessed to own a copy of the most magical oracle cards that I have ever worked with: Oracle of the Fairies by Karen Kay. This is an enchanting oracle deck of 44 cards with gorgeous artwork by Ginger Kelly and published by Hay House. I have always found the messages from these cards to be in line with current energies, full of magical insights and completely inspirational!
I like to use a ‘Fairy spread’ (as pictured below) when completing a reading.
Begin by shuffling your deck, closing your eyes and asking the fairies a question. Remember the cards tell a story so it’s important to look at the reading as a whole.
Top card- Represents the current energy surrounding the situation
Second card down- The past influences of the situation
Bottom card- The present influences of the situation
Left wing card- The potential future
Right wing card- The overall answer to your question
I hope you now have some ideas of how you can connect to the fairies during this magical time of Beltane.
May you be blessed and abundant.
Wishing you all well
Rebecca Yoga Fae xxx