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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Beltane: No talk, just dance!

It's been a long time since I posted anything on the blog.  Which is not to say there hasn't been a lot going on. Quite the contrary. In fact, it feels like so much has been, and continues to transpire, that I find myself "out of words".  I just can't find any words that adequately describe what seems to be happening.  Or if I can, it feels like they have already been said. "Been there, done that".  And when everything feels so different how can we possibly use the same words to describe it?

However, today is the first of May and that signifies new beginnings. It's May Day or Beltane in Celtic tradition.  I wrote about Beltane in 2011 

Beltane is a celebration of new life. It's a transition from colder weather, perhaps colder hearts, and certainly a time to move from winter introspection into warm sunshine, release of grief, and a lightening of our hearts.  It's a time to get together with friends, perhaps the fairies, to dance and be free.

In my world, it feels like the time to analyze, discuss, and debate might just be over. Words don't seem adequate or necessary anymore and it feels like perhaps they should be replaced with feeling and action. Hmm...

Marian Spadone, in We'Moon 2013 writes this about Beltane:
"Weaving in and around one another, we thread our passions in the web.Warp and woof, spokes and runners, take up your strands with clear intent. Weave what you want into being, into Life!"
So are far as words can go, those seem pretty good to me. As the world shifts we become more connected in that web, but only as individual strands. It's about dancing in around other people and the events that touch our lives until we have a pattern we like and feel good about. Maybe it's not about repeating the same pattern, but mixing it up to see what you can weave.  You don't have to be able to explain it.  There may be no reason to explain it because we all have our individual journeys.  Sometimes we touch each other, run into each other and bounce off others, but we each have a different strand and a unique way of weaving.  We can share, but there is no need to compare. My dance is not your dance, nor should it be.  The point is not to be "in step" with each other, it's to connect as we pass by, let go, and perhaps connect again.

In that traditional May Day dance, each person has a brightly colored ribbon and although the ribbons are connected in the center, the dance is played out at the end of the ribbon, on the periphery. Dancers are connected not to each other but through the center and through that colorful, individual string. It is our uniqueness that makes us part of the whole. There are no complicated dance steps in the May dance.  It's all about feeling free; feeling the feeling, not thinking about your performance, or anyone elses'.

In my opinion, this winter in many ways, for many people, might have been pretty dark.  There were a lot of events going on that really took a toll on faith, hope, endurance, and most certainly the sense of security.  I guess that's what change is about. 

Today, the first of May, at least in my part of the world, was a bright beautiful warm sunny day.  The robin I wrote about almost a month ago seems here to stay. He's got a buddy or two and they seem to be building a nest.  The flowers are starting to poke out and blossom and the grass is getting greener.  No mater what else is going on in the world, that kind of renewal seems worthy of a dance of too. 

No words, just dance.  Happy Beltane!

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