The festival of Beltaine, May Day, is a celebration of the return of spring and the promise of summer. It is a time for love magic and spells for increasing the fertility of the land. Like Samhain in autumn, it is also a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual world is at its most transparent. This makes Beltaine the perfect time for ancestors and denizens of the Otherworld to connect with the living.
Presenting a practical guide to the celebration of Beltaine, Ellen Evert Hopman examines plants, customs, food, drinks, and rituals of May Day across many cultures. Discussing the Gods and Goddesses of spring, Hopman details the rituals for honoring them as well as traditional poems, prayers, and incantations related to this time of year. In the extensive section on plants of Beltaine, Hopman explores over 70 herbs and trees, offering spells, rituals, and recipes alongside their medicinal healing uses. She reveals sacred woods suitable for Beltaine fires and flowers for rituals and spells. She lists herbs for luck, magic, abundance, for fairies and elves, and so much more!
Woven throughout with mystical tales of folk, fairy, and sacred herbs, this guide offers each of us practical and magical ways to connect with Nature, the plant kingdom, and the Spirits that surround us in the season of spring.
Written by master herbalist, author, and practitioner Ellen Evert Hopman. This is a soft-cover copy.
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