Beltane is one of two very major holidays for Wiccans, the other being Samhain. Beltane honors life, and it's opposite on the wheel…. Samhain, which honors death.
It is Spring celebration of sexual union resulting in fertilization of new life! The month of May is set aside to honor the marriage of the divine female and male energies. This is why pagans respectfully delayed their own marriages until June, which many couples still do without knowing why.
I remember as a young child in Kindergarten, my school put up a Maypole for us to dance around while holding ribbons connected to the top of the pole. I don’t think the school board had any idea that the pole was a phallic symbol and the ribbons represented male fertility streaming forth, slowly weaving together to create life.
People gathered wearing wreaths or crowns of flowers upon their head, blessed their newly sprouted crops, exchanged gifts, had feasts and lit bonfires. Many couples would sneak out into the woods to honor the day in their own private way. Sex is sacred in Wicca, for it mirrors the act of creation.
With the weather being so mild this time of year in many parts of the country, an outdoor ritual is perfect. The more greenery and flowers you can surround yourself with the better. If a Maypole is not practical, dancing with a long ribbon in each hand can be just as much fun. Even if it is just with a few people. If you are a solitaire you can really go wild without the worry of bumping into someone! But before lighting any bonfires in the woods, be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy.
The colors correspondences for Beltane are green, orange, red and yellow.
Herbs are Angelica, Blackberry, Bluebell, Daisy, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Lilac, Primrose and Sweet Woodruff.
Gems are Bloodstone and Saphire.