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Beltane to Midsummer - the season of love

by Judy Harrow

Beltane is one of our most sacred festivals. Beltane is lusty, bawdy, even vulgar. Joyous, raunchy Beltane, while the life energy is still rising, and nearing its peak, is the happiest day of our ritual year. Beltane is for lovers. Go on, get sweaty with your sweetie. It's not just permissible, it's an act of worship to the most high Gods.

Is this about sex? You betcha! Is this about procreative sex, the sacred union of male and female to bring forth new life? Sure is! Is this only about procreative sex? Hell, no! All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals. Procreative heterosex is just one kind of sex. Sex itself is just one happy possibility. Another equally-blessed way to celebrate Spring is to take your favorite niece to ride a carousel.

During happy, flowery May and June, play with your best friends. Too often, in our lives, we give our closest attention to the problem areas. As much as you can, give that a rest. There are other seasons for the heavy confrontations, the working through of old issues, the processing of the process. For now, just take some time to enjoy -- and reinforce -- all those loves and friendships that are working (and possibly dust off a few that have been neglected while you greased various squeaky wheels.)

The spring winds may also move you to offer random acts of kindness and senseless beauty to total strangers. That's fine, follow your bliss. Here are some ways to enjoy love and pleasure during the extravagant late Spring:

Please make your sex both joyful and safe for all parties. Consensus, consideration and respect should never be passed over in the throes of passion.

written by: Judy Harrow
updated: January 19, 2000; © 1998, 2000, by Judy Harrow
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Midsummer to Lunasa

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Ostara to Beltane

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Walking our Talk: the Seasons between the Sabbats.

or off site to visit Wychwood Temple, where you will find Doug and Sandy Kopf's excellent essay on the folklore of Midsummer

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