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.