Beltane is one of the most sacred days of the year. Of course this calls for a feast! When I was compiling these recipes and thinking about my own celebration, three themes came to mind. This first is the season and what is going to be in supermarkets now and what’s seasonally appropriate. The second is spice and heat as this is a holiday about passion and love. Along those lines, I’ve also included several traditional aphrodisiacs in this menu.
- Strawberry and Spinach Salad: The basics are a large box of fresh spinach leaves (I prefer baby spinach or this), half a pint of strawberries (quartered), half a container of walnuts, a block of bleu cheese cubed, and either homemade or bottled poppyseed dressing. But this is an adaptable recipe. You could add almonds, grapes, cucumbers, sprouts, you name it.
- Spring Veggie Stir Fry: Asparagus, onions, carrots, peas, and broccoli. Use what you want and cook the vegetables with a little olive oil, garlic, and ginger until they’re tender. Add soy sauce or stir fry sauce as well as a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat and serve over jasmine rice.
- Hamburgers: Beltane is probably the first sabat for which the Oven Coven ventures outside. So why not fire up the barbeque! Offer your guests a wide variety of meats, veggie burgers, and toppings.
- Mushrooms: A nod to the fae friends we also honor at this time. Cut up some raw ones or make spicy stuffed mushroom caps (just substitute spicy for sweet sausage in this recipe).
- Green Beans: Steamed with a little sea salt sprinkled over them for an easy side dish.
- Fondue: An easy way to make chocolate fondue is to melt half a cup of heavy cream and a large bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler. You could also rent a fondue fountain, especially if you are having a large party. To accompany, provide strawberries, apples, grapes, pretzels, and melon.
- Cakes and Ale: Bannock is the traditional cake for Beltane celebrations. Something slightly less traditional, but completely appropriate since we are celebrating the union of the God and Goddess, is champagne or sparkling cider for the ale.
© Ariadne Woods
I don’t know if it is just my viewing habits, but lately I’ve been coming across a lot of videos and blog posts about Pagans and Witches’ book collections. Now I can’t feasibly do that (my library is split between two states), but to add to the conversation I present to you my favorite Pagan-related books. These aren’t necessarily the tomes richest in information, but are the books I go back to again and again. In reality, these books are foundational to my personal practice, so I want to share them with my readers in hopes that they inspire others as much as they have inspired me. Read the rest of this entry →
It happens to the best of us. Something big changes in your life, and you want to punch the cosmic wall. Or you’ve been practicing for a few years, and you’re feeling stagnant and stuck. Whatever is going on, you’re dreading ritual and dropping daily practices right and left. Read the rest of this entry →
Witch crafting, otherwise known as practical witchcraft, is the fusion of magical and mundane activities. In essence, it’s having a spiritual hobby. Whether you enjoy making cookies or quilting or bath salt blending, you can combine the happy and fulfilling feeling of doing something you love with your Pagan practice or Witchcraft. Read the rest of this entry →
Currently on this lovely Full Moon day, I am hanging out at my mom’s house visiting with her and the rest of my family. This trip is the first of about six different out-of-town experiences over the next four months. So for a while I am going to have to take my Pagansim on the road.
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I have yet to meet a witch without a sense of humor. So on this day of tricksters, feel free to play a few harmless pranks on your friends, family, and coven mates. Here are thirteen ideas to get you thinking about how to pull one over on the magical and Pagan people in your life! Read the rest of this entry →
I was introduced to the concept of working with the energetic and physical shifts that a woman experiences during her monthly period by the book The Red Tent. It’s a fictitious, almost alternative historical account of the life of Dinah, the Biblical figure Jacob’s only daughter. One of the main focuses of the novel centers around activities Dinah and her mothers do in the red tent, which is where the women in their community retreat from the world to rest and relax during their moon cycles. Since then, the topic of specific magical and spiritual activities that I could do during my period kept coming across my path. Read the rest of this entry →