Beltane Sabbat Pages
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Celebrate Beltane with these Book of Shadow pages. The pages include facts about the Sabbat, a list of ways to celebrate, and an incantation to recite during your Beltane ritual. The incantation appears in a window so the texture of the spell page behind it shows through. The pages have been covered in roses and lavender. Three out of the four double sided pages have been filled with facts, pictures and herbs. The last page is blank so you can add your own art and words to your Beltane ritual.
The paintings included on the pages are:
Spring by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Queen Guinevere’s Maying by John Collier
FACTS ABOUT BELTANE
All facts and data have been taken from books by Laurie Cabot, Silver Raven Wolf and Raven Gramassi
Date: May 1st. When the sun is 15 degrees in Taurus.
Planetary Ruler: Venus.
Age of Holiday: The oldest known holiday.
Meaning: Beltane means, “Bright Fire” or “Lucky Fire”.
Colors: Warm pink, bright blue, lavender, lemon yellow, white and red (the blood that flows from a woman when her purity is lost).
Plants and Herbs: Rose, flaxseed, daffodil, willow.
Beltane is the last of the three spring festivals. It is the time when the sun is fully released from his bondage of winter and able to rule over summer and life once again. People, plants and animals prepare for the warm months ahead. During this time crops are still very young and susceptible to frost and blight. The ancients believed that lighting warm bonfires encouraged the growth of the Sun's warm light. This is why Beltane is sometimes called "Bel Fire" which is the Celtic phrase to mean “Lord Fire”.
In the ancient world the first flowers that bloomed in early May were considered a sacred sign of the returning bounty of the earth. Children were commonly sent into nature to collect the first flowers of May.
As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, its counter part, is about honoring life, sexual union and fertility. In ancient cultures there was a focus on the physical union of marriage during this time of year because it was believed that during this time the goddess and the sun god were married and united in love. The Maypole dance is an expression of human passions as young men and women wrap the phallic symbol in ribbons as they dance around it.
These double sided Parchment Paper pages have been mounted onto a three hole punched backing. They are ready to be added to your Adjustable Book of Shadows. I invented them because I wanted scrapbook pages free from plastic sheet protectors. The pages are all 8 ½ by 11 inches. The 3 holes have been punched into an extra ½ inch strip on the side of the page. They make a wonderful crisp sound as you turn the pages. The pages are made of brand new Ivory Parchment Paper but look aged. All mounted page come with frayed edges and are stained with coffee, paint and charcoal. Your Book of Shadows will look like an old family heirloom.