BELTANE SABBAT – The burning Pagan celebration of fertility!

Beltane Sabbat is part of the Wheel of the Year and it’s the ultimate moment of fertility and love. It’s the union between the Goddess and the God.

Beltane precedes Litha, the Summer Solstice, and happens after Ostara, the Vernal Equinox.

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Beltane Sabbat | What it is and how...
Beltane Sabbat | What it is and how to celebrate it
  • Northern Hemisphere: May 1st
  • Southern Hemisphere: November 1st
  • Color: Green

Beltane features huge bonfires with lots of dance and music. It’s also a period of fertility.

Beltane Sabbat The Wheel of the year
Beltane Sabbat The Wheel of the year

Beltane Sabbat and the Sexual Energy

Beltane Sabbat is a great Sabbat and one of the most celebrated ones.

One of the greatest traditions in ancient Europe was the Maypole Festival. In this celebration, a large tree trunk that symbolizes the God is erected with a wreath on top, and this wreath symbolizes the Goddess.

People dance in a circle around it wrapping colorful ribbons that represent the union between the Goddess and the God.

By uniting the Goddess’s creative power with the fertility of her lover, all life began to flourish.

Beltane Sabbat - The Maypole
Beltane Sabbat – The Maypole

Beltane Sabbat is also a time for healing

Another way to celebrate Beltane was through healing love relations held in the forest.

Children born from this occasion were seen as the very children of the Goddess and the God.

The practice of making love in the forests was a kind of magic capable of maintaining the balance between the animal, vegetable and human kingdoms.

Animals also come out of their burrows to mate during this period.

The Great Rite of Beltane Sabbat represents theunion between the Goddess and the God, the union that will bring life and abundance to the Earth.

This rite is done by plunging the Athame (symbolizing the God) into the Chalice (symbolizing the Goddess).

Beltane Sabbat and the Power of Fire

Fire is the most important element present in all the Sabbats. However it is of even greater importance in Beltane Sabbat.

Its light and its warmth represent the virility and the fertile power of the God.

People used to light up a big bonfire in His honor in the center of villages and they ran and jumped over it in a ritual of purification, burning out all the negative energies.

By the end of the holiday, people carried ashes from the great fire to the house to take the energy of the God and attract good energies, as well as to be free of diseases and bad times.

Now that you know about Beltane Sabbat, you can also read about Beltane Rituals.

Beltane Sabbat - The power of fire
Beltane Sabbat – The power of fire

Sabbats and the Wheel of the Year

You can also read about the other Sabbats which are part of the Wheel of the Year:

General FAQ

What is Beltane Sabbat?

Beltane is one of the most celebrated Sabbats of all. It represents fertility and all the creation between the God and the Goddess.

When is Beltane celebrated?

Beltane is celebrated after Ostara, the Vernal Equinox. It is celebrated on May 1st.

What happens in Beltane?

The God and the Goddess make their union providing fertility, energy and growth to nature.

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