Happy Beltane Eve!

What a difference three years has made! Happy Beltane from Faery Hof and Haus Am See, where the red tulips are *still* blooming their hearts out, and unlike this 2013 post when the faery haven yard existed primarily in my imagination, we have flowers and trees and abundance everywhere! Beltane Blessings to the Land and Her people!

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Today I had one of those afternoons that reminds me of being a little girl. I spent time with my favorite 82-year-old friend in Goshen at her lovely lakefront home. Before heading over there, I had a real flashback to childhood May Day celebrations when, for some reason, I always felt compelled to gather violets into old strawberry baskets handwoven and tied with ribbons, delivering these in the predawn hours on neighbors’ porches. This afternoon, I gathered a salad full of wild violet leaves and flowers for David and me, but then picked another bag to gift to my friend. This extra bag of edible flowers and nature’s tender “lettuce” was an even bigger hit than her requested bag of dandelion greens!


Salad with violets

Unbeknownst to me as a little girl, May Day represents a celebration of flowers and ribbons, and Beltane’s fire festival honors the Earth in preparation for an abundant…

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  1. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on April 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I so love that image of you as a little girl, gathering violets. The significance was “Unbeknownst” to you as a little girl, but of course you were impelled from another piece of your soul’s latent wisdom, that was just waiting to fully blossom in your consciousness in the right season, when you were seasoned. In my own childhood, growing up on the farm, we had a gravel drive that led up the little hill upon which our farmstead sprawled out. On the edges of the gravel drive little gullies would form from the spring rains. In those gullies would be the finest of sand, and from that sand violets would sprout and bloom. As a little boy I was also so enchanted by those violets, perched in gravel gullies in their soft beds of sand….

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  2. Oh, how lovely! We had a wild violet and danelion and homegrown lettuce and spinach herb salad yesterday. It was so joyfully yummy. There’s just something about violets! A farmer came to our home last weekend and just could not contain her delight over the huge, lush patch of Violet’s by the tree stump out back. Happy Beltane!

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  3. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on April 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I agree. There is just something about violets. So wonderful that you are so blessed by them. Thanks so much for the inspiration – I will go seek out some violets myself! And Happy Beltane to you!

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  4. Posted by Doreen Agostino on April 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    You may wish to research the Satanic Ritual Calendar 2016. Beltaine Festival allegedly requires human and animal blood sacrifice; any age. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/cienciareal/cienciareal20.htm


  5. Again, not everyone who celebrates the turning of the Wheel of the Year and the various harvest festivals is a Satanist! Far from it. I am not a Satanist; I am aware of their existence and that they co-opted and perverted most of the ancient holidays. No blood is required to honor the Earth, although blood and bones are typical soil amendments for people who don’t know how else to fertilize their soil.

    Really, though, please educate yourself that Christianity invented “Satan” and perverted all the old feminine festivals to turn into something “evil” like women in general.

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  6. All the best to you Laura as well! Much love

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  7. Posted by Kieron on April 30, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Happy Beltaine! 🙂 I’ve been remarking on the simply boggling number of volunteer plants that are coming up in unexpected places where they must have seeded themselves. Even things I didn’t think would spread by seed are popping up. Oh, and the little gift exchange I told you about in a private note seems to be keeping up! 😀 A dainty little tea party dish turned up when I was weeding, probably something that got left unattended and got swept up in last fall’s leaf gathering activities. I thought it was cute, and set it in the same little space where the other items were found. We’ll see if anything new turns up. 😉

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  8. Posted by Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature on April 30, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Happy Beltane! May your land continue to bloom and grow abundantly and happily! ❤

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  9. Posted by Doreen Agostino on May 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Laura, please accept my apology for projecting what I did NOT want on you, by drawing attention to satanic rituals in relation to Beltane.

    Thankfully I was guided today to focus on what I DO want, which is to celebrate life and everyone working diligently to restore this Earth Garden.

    To you Laura and everyone, I wish the most GLORIOUS AND HAPPY BELTANE DAY! http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=14420

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  10. Posted by PeaceNowFlower on May 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I wonder what the Fae feel about Premium Organic Green Tea with Local Honey? I just set out my Fae offering, and put some honey and cinnamon in a small cup next to the Green Tea… for good measure.


  11. Thanks and much love, Dawn!


  12. Way cool, Kieron! 🙂


  13. Thank you, Mary! Yours, too! ❤


  14. Thank you, Doreen! It was a lovely Beltane here — filled with planting hazelnut trees and perennials, love, good food, and fun. So glad you’ve shifted your focus!


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