Thursday, May 01, 2008

Merry May Day


The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.
-- Mother Goose

It is May Day, Beltane, when the world is suspended between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. On this day, our ancestors celebrated the triumph of the light over the darkness and gloried in the fertility of the land.

Bonfires and Maypoles may be hard to come by these days, but there's plenty of ancient magic in the air. They say that washing in the dew at dawn today brings beauty, jumping over a flame makes a wish come true, and that faeries can be seen at twilight.

It's a bit late for me to worry about my looks, but I do have a wish or two to attend to. And you can bet I'll be keeping an eye out for faeries.


Kiva said...

Bee-uuu-tiful blue bells. You think you'll find faeries there? If so, take a picture ;0)

Anonymous said...

I too was watching for the little faeries, but alas, none showed their faces.

Maypole ... every year my father decorated the Maypole in our side yard with long streamers of different colored ribbons and all the neighborhood kids would join us for a May day party and dance. I remember the thrill of dancing around that pole while holding onto a streamer.