Beltane Circle: Embodied Pleasure & Self-Care

*This Circle has both an in-person as well as an online option. If you are not familiar with the Hearthfire Circles, please learn more here.

“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Beltane is a Gaelic fire festival of fertility, cleansing and protection. In Wales it is called Calan Mai. It was customary to cleanse and protect cattle by running them through two bonfires as they go out into the fields. Sacred fires and ash were used to bless and protect crops for the coming summer season. This is considered the beginning of summer in the UK traditions and a time when the faeries are out, causing mischief, hence the need for protection and appeasing them. In England, Germany and throughout Europe the beginning of May is a time of celebration, including dancing around the Maypole, decorating with flowers, honoring love, fertility and growth.

Here in Canada, we are starting to finally feel like it is spring, seeing the first of the tulips and flowering of trees. As the sun enters the earth sign of Taurus, the theme of fertility, grounding, security and sensuality come to the fore. It is a wonderful time to get in touch with our body, go outside, remember what brings us pleasure and connect with nature, beauty and love!

After the dynamic, fast paced season of Aries, we may feel the need to slow down and become more receptive, embodying the wisdom of the earth itself. It is an opportunity to bring more care and tenderness into our lives, whether it is directed to ourselves or loved ones.

Questions we may ask ourselves now are:

What do I wish to nurture during this fertile season of growth?

What does my body need?

How can I bring more pleasure and enjoyment into my day?

Where does love lead me?

In this circle, we will explore several trauma-sensitive embodied practices to help ground and centre us, as well as invite more pleasure into our life.

We will explore our ‘pleasure triggers’- the things our senses enjoy and create a simple practice to use when tired, overworked or stressed to immediately ground and revitalise in mind and body. We will also do some divination together.

At the in-person circle, we will also do a guided meditation journey to our inner Temple of Pleasure and a mindful eating practice, sharing some pot luck!

Circle Info & Registration:

Online Circle: Wednesday, May 4th 7pm-9pm EDT

Session is live only (not recorded) for confidentiality reasons. Space is limited for quality purposes. I like to keep the circles small and intimate. If you’d like to join, simply contact me and once I confirm there is space, please send an e-transfer for PWYC $15. (non-refundable). Zoom link will then be sent. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! You can also learn more about the Hearthfire Circles here.

In-Person Circle: Friday, May 6th 7pm-10pm EDT

Location is in Toronto near Woodbine & Danforth ave. Space is limited. This circle is potluck, so please bring a food or drink item to share. If you’d like to join, simply contact me and once I confirm there is space, send an e-transfer for PWYC $25 (non-refundable). Address given upon registration. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! You can also learn more about the Hearthfire Circles here.

I hope to see you soon!

Blessings, Serena

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As a Witch who makes her home and practice in Tkaronto (Toronto) Ontario, I deeply thank the original stewards of this land: The Mississaugas of the Credit, Mississaugas of Scugog, Alderville, Hiawatha & Curve Lake; The Chippewas of Beausoleil, Rama & Georgina island, the Haudenosaunee and Wendat nations. I acknowledge the resilience of the First Nation, Inuit and Metis people who live and work here in the present, in a system of inequity and oppression. I am working on uncolonising my own practice, amplifying Indigenous voices, addressing cultural appropriation in pagan communities and supporting Indigenous communities in whatever way I can.