Bealtaine, part 1 - Bealtaine Flowers & Frolics
plus May Bush and Wishing Well folklore of this time ... next session Sunday 30th April 2023
This Nature Folklore edition is an indulgence for me because my favourite colour is yellow. To me, yellow in nature is like a dog waiting for you at home. No matter what challenging and upsetting or stressed day we may have had, our dog is always so pleased to see us. Likewise I find that no matter how pissed off I am with something, I never fail to pause and smile at yellow flowers.
A lot of people may think of bluebells and violets at this time, and the enchanting wild purple orchids are coming into bloom now too, well before the midsummer blue ones do. But for me, this time is about the yellow flowers.
This is the time of abundance of primroses, cowslips, furze in best bloom, and dandelions before they change into cotton ball clocks.
Yellow flowers of Bealtaine eve and day, is how I relate to the first days of May. For actual Bealtaine, I follow the ancient based sidereal time, which is 5th May this year.
Also included during this Nature Folklore edition are some of the delightful and mysterious folklore stories and traditions of the 'May Bush' tree that is on the cusp of blossoming at this time, but before it does there are stories to tell during this church calendar May 1st. In two week's time, the Nature Folklore edition I host then goes into this folklore much more intimately.
Added to all that, I will also have a little bit of May Eve and May Day holy well folklore to share this Sunday too.
Do you happen to have any poems or stories about May Day, Bealtaine, and your past memories of these times? Please offer to share your stories and poems as a guest. You can be live on the show or send me pre-recorded video or audio. Please message me with what you have to share. Thank you.
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