Esbats & Sabbats

12 Nights of Yule- December 24th

On the fifth night of Yule, I set my intentions for May.

The month starts off with Beltane, the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This is the magickal time of year when we focus on the divine union between the Lord and the Lady.

Beltane bonfires are lit, maypoles and ribbon wands are crafted and flower crowns are donned to honor the fertile Earth.

Beltane is a time to consider your relationships- particularly romantic partnerships; as well as sexuality, love, fertility and passion. I personally, adore the imagery of the Horned God embracing the fertile Maiden Goddess amidst their Sacred Marriage.


I associate this Sabbat with the Lovers card and like to place at on my Beltane altar to connect with its energy as I meditate on the idea of romantic love.

What does love mean to me?

How do I show my love and passion toward my partner?

How do I like to receive love and passion from my partner?

How can I celebrate my own sensuality?

Because the veil between our world and the faery world is the thinnest at Beltane, it is a great time to honor them with adorable faery gardens and offerings such as faerie cakes or a simple dish of milk and honey.

When working with the Fae, I like to remind myself of my own childlike wonder. As little girls we believed in faeries, no question asked. Some of us were even able to see through the veil and interact with them on occasion. All we had to do was believe.

As an adult you tend to forget that world of enchantment, focusing too much on your day-to-day obligations like bills, finances, career, etc. It can be hard to shift our minds out of the grownup-realm and into the more whimsical mindset of children.


On a night like Christmas Eve, it’s easier to remember the splendor of being a child where the magic of Christmas lives everywhere. Preserving that kind of magic all year long takes a bit more effort, so I like to do little things that keep the child within me giggling with glee.

Read childhood stories like Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Watch cartoons I loved as a child.

Sing my favorite Disney songs.

Play make-believe and imagine I’m a faerie. What kind of faerie would I be? What color wings would I have? What would my faerie dwelling look like?

Write my life as a fairy tale, beginning with Once Upon a Time…

How do you plan on celebrating Beltane this May?

Leave me a reply and share your Beltane traditions.


The Snow Orchid Witch

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