At Beltaine, we celebrate the Celtic beginning of summer. This is a day of rejoicing as life continues to flourish all around us. To loosely quote an old poem;
The beginning of summer, fairest season;
Noisy are the birds, green the woods,
The ploughs are in the furrow, the ox at work,
Blue the sea, the lands are many-colored.
The world around us is becoming more vibrant as it enters summer. We too are becoming more vibrant. And as the fires of the sun grow stronger in the sky, so too do our own fires grow stronger. It is in this spirit that we gather today to honor Beli Mawr, god of all fires, for he is also the god of the fiery passions we carry inside us. As his powers are renewed through our worship, so are we renewed. His light shines down on the earth, giving it the life and energy needed to sustain every creature. May that same light enter us today to give life and energy to the hopes, dreams, and passions we wish to cultivate this year.
So, on this day, especially this day, let us pray with a good fire.
WHEN: Sunday April 22, 4pm ritual start.
WHERE: Malibu Creek State Park group campground.
DONATION: To help us present excellent public rituals, we suggest a donation of $10, but no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.
--After ritual we will enjoy potluck.
--Please feel free to bring personal offerings for the ancestors, naturespirits, and deities. It does not need to be biodegradable, but should be non-toxic if buried or put into water.
--Please do not bring pets. (Service animals allowed.)
--Carpooling is definitely encouraged. The State Park charges an entry fee of $12 per car.
For more ground rules and answers to frequently asked questions visit: "For our Guests" and "Practice" on our website at http://ravenscrygrove.org/
Driving Directions: From the 101: Take the 101 FWY and get off at Las Virgenes Rd. exit. Turn south onto Las Virgenes Rd. and head toward Malibu. The entrance to the parking lot is off Las Virgenes Rd. just south of Mulholland Hwy on the west (right) side of the road. From PCH, take Malibu Canyon Rd. and turn into the park entrance on the left before Mulholland Hwy.
Follow the road around the corner until you see a long dirt road on your right, leading into a valley. (If you reach the individual campsites you have gone too far.) Park in the lot at the end of the dirt road and walk down the trail about 500 ft to the Campsite