Today is Beltane! (Okay, if you're title impaired that might have been useful).
Beltane, for those of you who don’t know, is a pagan holiday of fertility. Now, for the record, the actual interpretation of this is quite literal, but I like to think that it is fertility of many things: ideas, businesses, new ventures, anything you wish to grow. It is about beginnings.
Now I know many of you reading this blog are devote Christians/Jews/Muslims/followers of the old gods, so I just want to put it out there that celebrating a holiday does not make one immediately another religion. Seriously, if you’re British and in the US for the fourth of July, a hot dog off the grill isn’t going to make your UK citizenship shrivel up and die. The same is true for holidays.
I put out this disclaimer because I know a lot of people who could really benefit from the catharsis of a Beltane fire. You see, since this is all about beginnings, you take all of the things from the past that have held you down: bills, rejections, old manuscripts, evil critiques (they do exist), and pretty much anything else that has hurt you or held you back. Then you burn them (I told you it was cathartic).
Then, while gazing out over the effigy of your pain, you make a wish for your new beginning, and jump over the fire.
Traditionally, you’re supposed to dance, drink and be merry, but I recommend making your wish and jumping the fire before one gets too involved in the May Wine…
Oh, and if you have a really small apartment or what not, most parks allow you to have a contained fire, so you can always burn stuff in a big soup pot, they clean up afterwards with only minor damage to the pot.