written and edited by Lynn Gerena (Ashe Darkthorne)
It’s our bi-yearly trek into the woods to join with mother nature and many friends and family.
So for those that are not aware. I am a Pagan Daddy. So with that being said I celebrate the seasonal festivals with my family. We make it a habit to be involved with FPG and make it for both Samhain and Beltaine. Usually it is about a week long but with all the energy that gets spent I usually need a day or two of recovery.
This Beltaine was a tough one because of the weather not really cooperating with us and the kids being a little bit more “rambunctious” than usual.
Ok for the uninformed here is a little bit of what Beltaine is about. Straight from the Wiki itself,
“ Beltane was one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals: Samhain (~1 November), Imbolc (~1 February), Beltane (~1 May) and Lughnasadh (~1 August). Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season, when livestock were driven out to the summer pastures. Wiccans use the name "Beltane" for their May Day celebrations. It is one of the yearly "Sabbats" of the Wheel of the Year, following Ostara and preceding Midsummer. Unlike Celtic Reconstructionism, Wicca is syncretic and melds practices from many different cultures. In general, the Wiccan Beltane is more akin to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as maypole dancing). Some Wiccans enact a ritual union of the May Lord and May Lady.”
The easiest way for someone not familiar is to say it this way. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God.
As a festival usually we have great weather for it. For some reasons it decided it would bring a mixture of rain throughout the next 3 of the 5 days out there. Unfortunately our last day was what the typical weather for Beltaine is absolutely beautiful. None the less we tried to make it our best time out there.
I am glad for our little circle of family in Racdeer Landing. We always try to make a night when it is all about us and having a great night. Our little group is tight knit to the point it is hard for anyone to just “camp” near us. We are made up of staff and can get quite the bit rowdy. We made sure that the weather was not going to let us down and we would have our night of laughs and drinks. Plus we needed to have our naming ceremony for every member of Racdeer Landing.
So many things seemed to have been going wrong but no matter everyone made the best of it. Our littlest munchkin got her first haircut at the festival and I once again did the Haka with the rest of Father Sky lodge and the Sisterhood of the Shield. Always a major moment for me at Beltaine and no matter what when we all did it at the fire circle with the coming of age participants we made sure to give our all.
The Haka is a Maori traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. I am adding a video so you can get an idea on what we do.
As always it was a great experience and I look forward to Samhain. I will get back on track with all your gaming needs shortly, with a post later today.
I hope everyone has had a safe week and glad to be home.