Beltaine is the Cross Quarter direction between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere. Last year’s Beltaine blog discusses traditional associations with this cross-quarter Fire Festival.
- Bonfires and dances
- Matron and Patron of Summer (The Ma-ray and the Green Man, Robin and Marion, Pan)
- Traditional Song Summer is Icumen In
- Mary the Mother and Jesus, Patron of the Greening Earth
Beltaine’s name comes from the Celtic God Belanos, a Fire God. In Hawai’i Pele is a Fire Goddess; try at any time to tell a person who has met her on the volcanoes that she doesn’t exist. I searched List of Fire Gods, and Wikipedia gave us this most amazing world wide, multicultural list. Just glance at it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fire_gods.
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Some common associations around Fire include:
|East ( compass direction)
|Choleric temperament (the yellow bile humor)
|Season of Summer (hot and dry)
|Wildfires, Fire Fighters
|Smiths, Iron Workers
World wide, Fire is considered to be a Primal Element.
Beltaine Celebrates the Primal Element of Fire
The four primal elements for millennia for the West are Fire, Water, Air and Earth, adding a fifth (aether) at times. The Chinese name the fifth element Wood. Our birthday’s astrological designations place us in one of the primal elements; we might be asked “Are you a Fire sign?
Primal element means everything is made from it or a mixture of it with another primal element. Modern Atomic theory disagrees, classifying atoms into chemical elements. Wikipedia tells us these important facts: These elements form chemical compounds and mixtures, and under different temperatures and pressures, these substances can adopt different states of matter. The most commonly observed states of solid, liquid, gas, and plasma share many attributes with the classical elements of earth, water, air, and fire, respectively, but these states are due to similar behavior of different types of atoms at similar energy levels, and not due to containing a certain type of atom or a certain type of substance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element
Smokey the Bear for decades has been a symbol/mascot for teaching about fire in the United States. Here the three elements of fire are fuel, oxygen, and heat, and they are interdependent, needing each other to become fire.
Change. The nature of fire, even at the atomic level, is Transformation.
The Double Nature of Fire: Destruction and Construction