Wade and I wanted to be married on May 1st, an ancient celebration of love, but that week in 1990 it fell on a Monday, so we were married on Saturday April 29 so that all our guests could attend.
We usually go to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire on May Day to celebrate our nuptials. But this year we couldn’t go because I’ve got some problems with my feet, so we stayed home for our 22nd wedding anniversary (and our 27th year living together!)
Here is some info on Beltane:
Beltane/ May Day/ May 1st
by Gabrielle Diana Laney
In the ‘Wheel of the Year,’ a concept that is becoming a tradition among neo-pagans, much has been written on the ‘cross-quarter’ days. These are the festivals that fall between the solstices and equinoxes. While the solstices and equinoxes mark the sun’s place in the wheel, the cross-quarter days, which were more important to the ancient peoples, are not merely halfway marks in the sun’s progress through the year.
Beltane is celebrated on May first, (in Scotland May 15th) but sometime between May 5th-11th, the goddess Brigit brought in the fire of rebirth, fertility, courtship, and the opening of Summer.
In his book “The Living World of Faery”, R.J. Stuart states: “The rising and setting of the small star group, the Pleiades, is used worldwide to mark the pivot of the year, when they rise in the Northern Hemisphere they are setting in the southern hemisphere and vice versa. The modern dates for this relativistic event are close to May 1st and November 5th, the Celtic feasts of Beltane and Samhain, or May Day and Halloween, the two portal fire-festivals. These pre-Celtic festival dates are not, as is often stated incorrectly, solar events. The Celts did not use a solar calendar but a lunar one. Nor did the pre-Celtic and megalithic people base their time patterns on the seasons and the sun, but upon stellar and planetary patterns linked together.”
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