Beltane Fire

By Holiday Mathis

May 1, 2019 6 min read

In the pagan tradition, the first day of May is celebrated with a tall maypole decorated with leaves, ribbons and flowers, a festival centerpiece to dance and revel around. The festival of Beltane includes a bonfire from which all light their home hearth. The Aries moon brings that fire element now. May your heart be warmed.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What people think they deserve is a tricky equation weighted by what they've had in the past, and what everyone around is getting. Don't worry about it. Give equally. It's all you can do now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Cleaning, going through old text, emails and pictures and other ways of clearing the decks are favored today. You'll be surprised by the memories that come up and by the feelings attached to them.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don't really have to develop your uniqueness so much as discover, understand and accept it. That's why you need other people. Today, they'll provide the contrast that helps you see yourself better.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're not one person doing one thing. You're a bundle. Everyone is a bundle. You'll look at all your attached "items" and think of ways to make this bundle more enticing to everyone, especially you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your answer will not come from digging down into the question at hand. It's something that has already worked in another area of life entirely or perhaps a different business or discipline. So don't go deep; go broad.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Maturity has its ups and downs. You'll walk a fine line between "older and wiser" and "tired and jaded." Staying in the first category is a matter of good self-care including and especially sleep.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's funny how you can like how a person looks, acts and talks and yet still not hit it off. Sometimes the opposite is true. You seem to click with someone who doesn't represent your preferences at all. This is the power of chemistry.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've had the same goal for a while now and not attaining it is getting really old. So, what needs to change? It's either the goal or the plan. An outsider's view will help in the matter.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Most of the time unrealistic expectations cause disappointment. But an unrealistic expectation can also change everything. So don't discount the power of dreaming the impossible dream.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Most people would rather hear praise than criticism, but not you. You understand the intrinsic value in complaint. You see the opportunity to get better. No one gets better by lavishing in compliments.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). For the longer journeys, it's important to build in rest and recovery time as well as the introduction of novelty and, of course, adversity. If there's an enemy to defeat, everyone will work harder.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's natural to move through various interests and projects on the way to finding your thing. For now, be more concerned with filling up your wells of inspiration than with sticking with one interest.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 1). You're not fearless, but this year you'll get much more comfortable with fear as you take the risks necessary to go for the life you really want. You can do this. A new position in June helps you make friends and find allies. Move forward in faith that reinforcements will arrive on the scene when you need them. Sagittarius and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 22, 10, 50 and 1.

ASTROLOGY OF WEDNESDAY: The word Wednesday comes from the Old Norse word "odinsdagr," meaning Odin's Day. Odin was the Norse equivalent of the Roman god Mercury, and reminds us that Wednesday has always been associated with Mercury, the planet of communication and travel. Tap into the celestial energy of Wednesday by using this day for writing or traveling. Go to an off-site meeting or take a business trip. Pen that memo or report you've been meaning to get to. Update website information. Contact a client or drum up some new ones by publicizing your business. Wednesday is a great day to give a speech, attend a conference, make a presentation, or design a new logo. Any research you do on this day will also be successful. Awaken your intellectual powers by licorice or lemon tea if you need a boost, or lavender if you're stressed — all plants traditionally ruled by Mercury and shown to stimulate the brain. After hours, Wednesday is a great night to network at any kind of professional or personal club or organization you belong to. Or, if you prefer, run your weekly errands on Wednesday night, read to your children and check in with distant family.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Grammy winner and movie star Tim McGraw is an earthy Taurus with the steadfast style for which his sign is known. He may burn up the stage for thousands of adoring fans on the regular, but what his fans love about him is that he's also relatable as a devoted family man and father. McGraw's natal chart reflects this balance with the elemental energy of earth, fire, air and water all represented.

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