Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Ramble - For Beltane


This is the eve of Beltane (or May Day) in the northern hemisphere, of Samhain in lands below the equator. As we in northern lands drift from winter into springtime, our kindred in the south are moving from summer into autumn.

It was a long winter here in the eastern Ontario highlands, and nights have been cool, so it will be a few days until colonies of bloodroot, the first wildflowers of spring, are up and blooming. A few early specimens lift their gold and white heads in protected nooks in the woods though, and we look for them whenever we are out and about.

The shy white bloomers with their golden centers are dear to my heart, and they are something of a seasonal marker. Encountering this one glowing softly in its flickering, stone-warmed alcove a few days ago, I felt like kneeling and kissing the good dark earth where the flower made its home—it was that perfect. Ignoring painful and protesting knees, down I went on the dead leaves, and I stayed there for quite a while, nose to nose with the little wonder and happy as a clam.  In feasting my eyes on the little flower and focusing my attention on the moment, I discovered another fragile blooming within. Getting up again was quite another story.

The experience was one of the wild epiphanies I love so much, especially in springtime when the north woods are just coming to life, a moment of kensho, one of those fleeting intervals of quiet knowing and connection that I like to call "aha" moments.  Forget the fancy stuff - this right here is the ground of my being.

Happy Beltane (or May Day), everyone. May there be light and blooming and fragrance in your own precious life, in your own part of the great wide world. Wherever you make your home on the hallowed earth, may all good things come to you and your clan at this turning of the wheel in the Great Round of Time.

5 comments:

Victoria Londergan said...

May you be blessed to know your deepest authentic desires within your heart making possible the link between the human and the divine.🙏🏻💜💫⚓️

Victoria Londergan said...

May you be blessed to know your deepest authentic desires within your heart making possible the link between the human and the divine.🙏🏻💜💫⚓️

Pienosole said...

Happy Beltane! 💚☀️

Barbara R. said...

All blessings on you and hope for a happy Beltane! What a beautiful flower that Gaia has given you. Keep on bending down and getting up. Good practice! (She says from a place of similar needs)

Debbie Grace said...

What a lovely reflection about this time of year and that little beauty you captured. Smiling warmly as your words reminded me of why I so adore being a May baby.