Beltane

April 29, 2010

A quick post this morning…

At Beltane the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon, whereas winter (Samhain) begins when the Pleiades rises at sunset. The Pleiades is a cluster of seven closely placed stars, the seven sisters, in the constellation of Taurus, near his shoulder. When looking for the Pleiades with the naked eye, remember it looks like a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars (the seventh can be seen on very dark nights) in the constellation of Taurus. It stands very low in the east-northeast sky for just a few minutes before sunrise. Beltane, like Samhain, is a time of “no time” when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. No time is when the two worlds intermingle and unite and the magic abounds! Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice, Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer in ancient times.

My sister & I are going to a Beltane ritual this Saturday — and my friend, S, is going to come, too! I’m very excited and can’t wait to share how it goes.

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