Beltaine, The Rites of Spring

Beltaine, A Celebration of Renewal

GreenWoman and GreenMan Together Fine Art Print

The celebration of Beltaine is the symbolic union of the male and female principles of creation.  The God and Goddess are united in sacred marriage; the consummation of  their relationship symbolically fertilises the crops and animals for the coming year.  It is a celebration of the continued renewal of life.

Symbols of rebirth, renewal and the continuation of green and growing things, the Green Man and Green Woman have been depicted in various forms in  many cultures throughout history. Dedicated to new verdant life and a fertile harvest, GreenMan and GreenWoman are portrayed with a variety of lush greenery, entwined vines, seeds, berries and flowers.

Dancing around the May Pole on 1st of May is a custom associated with Beltaine.  The red and white ribbons weaving around the pole celebrate the union of the God and Goddess.  In modern times, many couples plan their handfasting, wedding ceremonies or renew their vows in Spring and Summer.

Handfasting Wedding samples

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16 thoughts on “Beltaine, The Rites of Spring

  1. Excellent. I enjoyed the superb painting and the explanation. didn’t green know about the green woman. I remember seeing them dance the may pole when I was a kid but never saw it since. It’s all being culturally demonised and erased here sadly. Like the romans demonised the pagans a long time ago. I think the things they used to worship make a lot more sense than the things we do. A beautiful religion. Now only available in horror films and chinese whispers.

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  2. Such a beautiful painting! (And who knew there were so many shades of green? Nature – and you!) Happy May 1! I think I’ll beg off the ‘dancing around the May Pole bit, though, cuz it’s pouring out!

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