Happy Beltaine (May day) first day of summer and one of the 4 powerful soltices in a year. It’s all about fertility – and I define that in its broadest sense – growth, abundance, connection and one of my faves – celebration.
Leaping over fire and walking the boundaries of your property as well as planting something are all rituals – and of course the Maypoles and comely women dancing and all night celebrations in the woods – that the Puritans eventually banned.
I’m going to plant a few wishes and walk around my town. If a friend of mine is available today I’m going to ask him to take me for a walk on his property and plant a few wishes for him and a few for me. Not sure about maypoles or all night celebrations but I will have a little dance around my house today.
It’s a glorious sunny day and while I have a mountain of work I’m going to take some time to revel in a life that makes me very happy – I have good health; amazing friends (old and new); a family I adore; work that makes a difference; and dreams to fill the sky. I’ve found a community here in Ballinamore that makes me want to put down roots and grow my own life – to add to who I am and develop whole new skills and enterprises that are about sustainable and celebratory communities.
I look out the window of my office and see the rosemary I planted yesterday with 5 neighbourhood children. That was a hoot as every little hand wanted to pat the pot to free the plant and spoon in compost and water it – they really loved it and I want to create a small garden in my tiny concrete space that they can come and be part of – where we can learn about plants and growing together.
Rosemary is a symbol of friendship and fidelity and I feel that’s what I’m growing here. It’s also an energiser and stimulant which is what I am and what I gain from other people and places. I’m a neophyte when it comes to growing and I found myself this morning having a conversation with the aloe vera plant a friend gave me. I’ve called her Isis and she rests on the kitchen table. We’ve started having chats in the morning. I tell her my plans and ideas and things that may be worrying or exciting me. She talks a lot slower and is a plant of few words – usually she says – happy grow love. Short but sweet. I gave her some organic compost yesterday and she’s perked up immensely.
So – I send you good wishes for this powerful day. Take some lovely time and celebrate your own great life – and plant a few wishes.