Beltane Bonanza

By Holiday Mathis

May 1, 2018 6 min read

Happy Beltane — celebrate the height of spring and the flowering of life. The passionate Sagittarius moon will be the master of ceremonies this year. Traditions around this ancient Celtic festival include a feast, a dance around a maypole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, and delighting in the abundance of nature.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Undoubtedly, your reaction can give power to an action; In fact, it is sometimes the one and only power source of the thing to which you are reacting. Therefore, if you want a situation to discontinue, consider trying a non-reaction as your next reaction.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Unpleasant circumstances are the ones that teach the most valuable lessons. For instance, had you never been neglected or abandoned, you wouldn't be so self-sufficient. You'll be celebrated for your strength.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll have to pivot from the usual in order to embrace new possibilities. Actually, you'll have to make the pivot to even see the new possibilities at all. This next turn will have to be made in faith.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The demands of the day won't be burdensome. If the day's tasks are trying, either you misunderstood what was required or someone is asking way too much of you. Mountains invite you to climb them, not carry them.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The minute you feel yourself competing, pull back and ask whether the situation is really a good match for you. Those who appreciate what you bring to the table won't ask you to compete for your spot.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Not all inaction is alike. There's doing nothing out of fear, laziness or confusion; then there's doing nothing out of principle — having the discipline to be still when inaction is the best choice for the moment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To contrive for self-advantage is the folly of children and those who behave like them — an individual is usually best served within a thriving group. You'll work toward making the group great and be lifted along with it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Today it may seem that your loved ones think of you as a genie in service to them. They make their requests and expect you to magically fulfill immediately. But what about the other plans you had made? Drop them at your own risk.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Since comparison and judgment have no place in today's proceedings and can only lead to anger, you'll be looking for ways to appreciate the contributions of others without putting yourself in a position to rate them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You know what it's like to stand amongst a group that you don't truly belong to. Because you've tasted that unique kind of loneliness, you can really appreciate the abundant warmth in the bonds you have now.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You've done the work; now enjoy watching your plan play out. It will be satisfying to see things go off without a hitch because you implemented the lessons of the past.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The way you talk to yourself in your own head will be extremely important. The level of kindness of your inside voice will dictate the level of kindness in your outside voice.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (MAY 1). The very thought of your happiness inspires happiness in many others. Therefore, making your own happiness a priority will be a kind of public service. You'll have a breakthrough over the next 10 weeks, but don't rush ahead because of it — slow and steady business will continue to benefit you for years to come. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 2, 28, 13 and 40.

HAPPY MAY DAY: The approximate midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice tends to be a time when natural beauty is so obvious that hearts swell with joy, eager to share life's abundance. If your community lets the first of May go by without mention, you are not alone, as this holiday was a much a bigger deal in ancient times, and is today only celebrated in certain regions. Old Pagan activities include the community symbol of a maypole decorated with ribbons, fruits and flowers and erected in the center of the festival around which to dance, drink and revel. Another tradition is to leave anonymous bouquets at the doors of a beloved neighbor or stranger.

Beltane is the Gaelic form of the holiday, celebrated in rituals of fire. The old writings suggest that every household in the community would extinguish the fire in their hearth and ceremoniously reignite it with a flame from the community fire. The fire sign Sagittarius moon that rules today favors any intention to create the kind of warm bonds that fortify and unify a community in a sense of mutually belonging.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Country music's royal couple — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill — is scheduled to begin their 29-city Soul2Soul tour later this month, which will include duets that celebrate their 21-year marriage. McGraw is a Taurus with a natal chart that includes many diverse influences and balances. Mercury and Saturn are in the warrior sign of Aries, and an Aquarius moon points to philanthropy generosity.

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