Blessed Beltane! We are half way to Summer now. This is known as a fire festival and many people celebrate with a bonfire to welcome the coming warmth of the Sun. Traditionally, in Northern Europe, this was the first time it was warm enough for people to come out of their family farms or their houses to celebrate with others.
Wherever you are, this is a great time to join up with others to celebrate new freedom and warmth. It's also a good time to work with the energy of fire by celebrating the fire within ourselves--whether it's well lit or needs a bit of tending. This is a great time to stoke the fire of motivation to begin getting things started for the coming summer months.
Each individual's relation to the energies of the season is different. Based on job, location of living, personality and so on, how you work with Beltane can vary. We don't think of what we 'should' be doing for Beltane based on other people or based on the old ways. Rather, we realize that we need to celebrate in a way that fits our lives and environment and selves. For some people, it resonates with them that Beltane is the time to come out of the Winter shell and party in the warmth of the Summer. For other people, who maybe find themselves more social during the Winter, they might view Beltane as the beginning of a quiet time of gardening alone, or relaxing in the sun with books and journals.
If you've been to the garden store already and are thinking of all the yard work you need to do, Beltane is a good time to party before the hard work begins. Enjoy the spring buds and flowers. In a few weeks you can get to work and set your eyes on the autumn harvest time, hoping to benefit from the work you do now.
Thus, the gearing up for the projects we have planned. The first drink in the warmth of sunset. Lighting the fire under us to get things going. But of course, we need a reminder of this time in order to keep that fire burning. For now, it will be our May altar and meditations.