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This is a brand new item. It is part of my Pagan Team's 2012 Beltane Challenge.

Beltane is a time of letting yourself enjoy the regrowth of the world around you. The Celebration is a joy filled Fire Festival. You drive your herds between and jump over the bonfires yourself to bring prosperity and good fortune ala Jack be Nimble. If you fell in or Gods forbid, extinguished the modern version, a candle, you were going to have bad luck for the year along with second or third degree burns.

Beltane is the shortened version of Time of Belenus, a Celtic Sun God worshiped in Iberia, England, Austria, Cornwall and Gaul. The invading Romans took him to be the Celtic version of Apollo.

It’s a Cross Quarter Festival that marks the start of Summer and end of Spring. Livestock that you had penned up all winter were released to forage until Fall.

It started out as a plain brown papier mache box which I covered with Scrapbooking Paper in Green Grass and Wood patterns. The top I painted with Navy Blue, White, Colonial Blue, and Off White so that it looks like the Earth from Space.

On the top is alway 3 Wooden Stags, a Pair of Ivies, and a Small Sun with a Spiral, all surrounding a Large Sun with a Spiral. I left a bit of space if you'd like to add something to make it more personal to you.

The Stags represent the Lords of the Forest: Kernunnos, Pan, or other Horned and Wild Gods. They are the Masculine side of the equation bringing Balance to this time of Fertility where he impregnates the Goddess who shall give birth to him on Yule after his Death at Samhain continuing the Wheel of the Year.

Inside you will find the startings of a personal altar for this holiday. There is a Sandalwood jar candle, a Hawthorn branch and 5 feathers.

The sun represents the fire of cleansing that we light to welcome the spring and summer back to the land. The sun can also be used to clean your ritual tools. You can leave them outside, in the sun’s light or leave a bowl of water out to clean them that way. A Huna school uses a blue bottle filled with tap water left out in the sun for a half hour to charge it. You can then drink it, use it for scars, or whatever else you’d like to use it for.

Ivy is one of the plants associated with Beltane. I have Baltic Ivy in my yard. I planted 6 vines when we first moved in and my yard is not quite overrun, but it’s climbing up the pines like I wanted them to do.

Ivy is a part of the Celtic Tree Alphabet even though it’s not actually a tree. It has two types of leaves, ones that climb and ones that make food for the plant. Ivy can completely cover the ground and can live for hundreds of years. It’s not true that Ivy “strangles” it’s host, but it can make it difficult for the tree to get light.

Ivy is associated with wild places; Dionysius even wore a Crown of Ivy. Vine, another of the Tree Alphabet Plants, and Ivy symbolize Resurrection and the Circle of the Year because they spiral. Sometimes the Green Man is shown as a face peeking out of Ivy leaves. Gort is the old Gaelic name for the Ivy Tree. Ivy flowers at the end of Sept-the end of October and the Birds and Animals eat the Berries. We’d either get very sick or go on a trip if we did.

Hawthorn is known as the May Tree or White Thorn and mine blooms around Mother’s Day, except for this year. Hawthorn is a protection against Evil, like Witches (pfft) Vampires, and Lightning. Hawthorn is also a Spirit Tree and can be found protecting Wells and Sacred Groves. In some versions of Sleeping Beauty, the Thorn that pricks her finger is from the Hawthorn. It's also the Sixth Month of the Celtic Tree Alphabet, Huath, and sacred to Virgin Mother Goddesses like Aphrodite, Blodeuwedd, Sheela-Na-Gig, and Hera.

Sandalwood is a fragrance that is pleasing to the Gods and Goddesses that I have worked with, I haven‘t gotten any complaints as of yet. Sandalwood is used for Protection, Healing, and Offerings on your altar. It's also good for Clairvoyance, seeing your Past Lives, and calming your mind so that you CAN do these other things. I really like the scent, no matter.

Sandalwood is associated with Water, of all things, and being a Candle, I also associate it with Air and Fire.

Trees of all types, to me, are associated with all Four Elements. Water, and Fire because it uses the Sun's fiery energy and the water from precipitation to make food. Air because it makes Oxygen for us to breathe and Earth because of it's far reaching roots.

Feathers represent Earth and Air. The ones here are from Slifer the Sky Dragon (creamy with sooty splotches) Obelisk the Tormentor (all black), 3 from English(Black Throated)Sparrows that hang around at my feeders.

Chickens mean Fertility, Sacrifice, Optimism, and the Power of the Sun’s Energies.

Sparrows are Assertiveness, Self-worth, and Survival The Sparrow as reminds you to appreciate your place in the world.

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Beltane Altar In a Box OOAK

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper mache, scrapbooking paper, paint, wood decorations, feathers, tree branch, candle
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