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Monday, May 6, 2019

Beltane Altar 2019

Beltane Altar 2019

Beltane, like Ostara, is largely a fertility sabbat with fire and passion mixed in. Flowers, bonfires, and Maypoles are characteristic of Beltane celebrations as are Greenwood marriages. Beltane is all about passion, lust, vitality, and joy, which I attempted to capture in my modest Beltane altar this year. I went with flowers from my abundant garden, a couple of crystals, and two white candles. It's simple yet elegant.

Beltane Altar 2019

1. White Pillar Candles with Candlesticks- The white candles represent the Sun and passion, both characteristic of this time. The Sun is still growing in strength, breathing life into gardens and heating the Earth. Soon He will reach his peak.  The white, on the other hand, represents the purity of the Maiden will soon transition into motherhood after consummating her marriage to the young Oak King or Green Man. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree; Cost: $1 for 2 pillar candles, candlesticks $1 each)

Beltane Altar 2019

2. Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, and Carnelian- Rose quartz corresponds with love and passion, and the giving of rose quartz to someone you love during Beltane is a common tradition I thought could easily be displayed on my altar. The carnelian represents the Sun, flames, lust, and passion, energy, life, and vibrancy, common themes associated with Beltane. Furthermore, it is associated with the sacral chakra and sensuality, making it a potent addition to this altar. Together their powers are strengthened by the clear quartz. The rose quartz also  (Where did I get it: Received in subscription boxes; Cost: ~$5 for all three)

Beltane Altar 2019

3. Mason Jar Bouquet of Flowers- My garden is bursting with life right now, including my Eden rose that is fully blooming for the first time. Another common tradition on Beltane is to give out bouquets of fresh flowers to your neighbors and those you love. I gave out two this year to coworkers and made one to put on my altar. The Eden rose represents love and passion, the sage longevity, yellow yarrow love and marriage, and the wildflowers abundance and fertility. I tied a piece of twine around the mason jar to represent the Greenwood marriages/handfastings that commonly occur this time of year. (Where did I get it: Target or Found; Cost: $0.50 for mason jar, flowers free)

Beltane Altar 2019

TOTAL COST: ~$8.50


Like my other altars, most of the items I use are found or purchased for around $1, although if the items must be purchased by you, then the cost will be higher. I hope you find this sort of break down helpful, especially those of you looking to create Instagram perfect altars on a budget!

How did you celebrate Beltane this year?

2 comments :

  1. I'm a bit late, but Happy Beltane! Really love the altar, especially the simplicity of it. I know it's strange to say, but I love the simple twine around the Mason jar. Feels like I'm in the country. Ahhh! =P Hope you're having a great May! ♥

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