By the Solar Calendar, the holiday is celebrated on May 1st. But by the Lunar Calendar it’s honored on May 6th.
Beltaine is one of our most important Sabbats in Pagan Metaphysics. It honors the Divine Trinity of The God, Goddess, Divine Universe; or the Mind/Soul (the Maiden Goddess), the physical Body (the God) and the Spirit (the Divine Union). There are some who see the Trinity as the Soul of God (the Sun), the body of the Goddess (Mother Earth) and through their union springs forth the creation of life.
Region has a great deal of influence over early religious and/or spiritual celebrations. Especially in ancient times. While the Celts are generally seen as an individual group of people today, they were diverse and individual regional clans in their time.
They shared mythological stories, or perspectives, but they weren’t exactly the same. Different regions may hold a different set of deities on a higher level than others, or not include them at all.
Because of this, Bel has many names and many stories are attributed to him through out the old Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Even Gaul was included in that region of Celtic culture (Gaul (Latin: Gallia) was a region of Western Europe during the Iron Age and Roman era, encompassing present day France, Luxembourg and Belgium, most of Switzerland, Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine. ~ Wikipedia:Gaul). Continue reading →