We're into Spring, halfway to Summer; we've crossed May Day, where Beltane usually gets tethered, but in reality, today is the midpoint between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. And, tomorrow is the "Super Moon" - the brightest, closest moon of this year.
And this year, this year of cycles coming to a close, not an end, but a cycle, that begins again, fresh and refreshed. The moon is a sweet mistress, she teaches us patience, reflection, silence, wisdom and the cyclical nature of life - ebb and flow, wax and wane.
So, we know every culture personifies her; all agree to she. All offer her as balance to Sun, to Sol, to Surya, to Apollo, it goes on and on. She is not the source of illumination, but rather the reflection thereof; so she reminds us to meditate, to reflect, to sit softly and listen to silence, and to know when to grow and build attraction and when to diminish and release hold.
Beltane, this "Bright Fire" period - we know we've survived another of the Solar cycles of diminishment, of recession, of inward focus. We are in the process of emergence, of potential awaiting the quickening, of that which may becoming that which has become. So, bright fires are lit, and fertility, life, fecundity, copiousness are honored and celebrated.
Good deeds and intentions should be set. That which has served and is used should be cast aside, like the chaff from the wheat. That which has been gleaned must be sown, like the kernel from the chaff. We take this season, so far removed from cycles of the Earth, yet still stunned by the Moon in the heavens, for what it has always been, in all cultures.
Potential, intentional, sensational and ritual - use them, honor the forces - May the 4th Be With You! - that guide and move and continue to ebb and flow, wax and wane.
Light a fire!! And, give thanks and praise!