Beltane

My first post on our new site is on Beltane – how good that feels! Gaia is vibrant in birdsong and dazzling green everywhere I look. Our ancestors celebrated Beltane, May Day, as the time of fertility and the sacred union of the male and female principles.

Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture the growing harvest and protect the community.

This year, as we celebrate creativity, fertility and abundance with our Beltane fire, I have a new awareness. The ancient Gnostics, the pagan ancestors of the Celts and other tribes, had the most beautiful and complex cosmology that has been painstakingly reconstructed by John Lash. In this they tell of the shearing of the template for humanity (the Anthropos) caused by Aeon Sophia unintentionally falling out of the Galactic Centre. This caused the gender rift we still experience today.

 “When the Aeon Sophia careened into Orion and sheared the template, she took a part of the Anthropos template with her, and the tattered streamer of nucleic dew was absorbed into the soft globe of the mothering earth. By shearing the template, Sophia caused the separation of the sexes and precipitated the conditions for mitotic reproduction in the human species, not a feature of her original dreaming.

The tattered mesh drawn into the materialization of the earth was the female part of the Anthropos template, the Omega component. The male part, the Alpha component, was left behind in the Orion nebula. This is the origin of the gender rift. It is cosmic prelude to the chthonian romance between the otherworldly Alpha males and the native women of Gaia — dissevered halves of the same species. [“Alchemical Androgyne,” a symbolic image of the dissevered genders in unity. From the Turba Philosophorum, an alchemical anthrology of the 17th Century.]”

Extract from http://www.metahistory.org/dynamyth/TreeNymphs2.php

John Lash

The Sophianic Myth is so compelling because as soon as you encounter it, you find that you are already living it. Do you ever have moments when you look at a member of the opposite sex and feel completely baffled by their strangeness? That is because you are seeing the Truth. Men and women are so very different in our expressions of the same material; there has never been a time on this planet when we as a species have been able to live in harmony and unfettered appreciation of the beauty in our differences.

The great gift of the Sophianic Myth is that it does not end in judgment, in fact it does not end at all. Thousands of years ago the ancient Gnostics foretold that a time would come in their future, our present day, in which Sophia would wake up in Her Dreaming and be responsive to those of us who want to work with Her. We are celebrating this Beltane as recognition of the opportunity we have to co-evolve together with Gaia Sophia, as our yin/yang perspectives are unified in Love for the Earth, all Her creatures and those humans who choose to appreciate Her Beauty.

My Beltane Ritual will be to write my Highest Desire for the rest of the year on a piece of paper and put it in fill a small cardboard box filled with petals, a few seeds, a twig of willow and some oak leaves. I will bury that in the Earth, sprinkled with more petals so that Gaia takes my Desire into Her awareness and makes it grow.

Beltane poem