Beltaine is the time of late planting and the beginning of the growing season in colder climates. For many ancient peoples, this was the beginning of their summer season, which would continue until Samhain.
For Stone Creed Grove, this marks our first ritual of the year performed in our grove’s ritual space at Tredara. This is one of our major Celtic rites, honoring the deities Aine Glas (“Green Aine”) and Aengus Og the Harper, as well as the various tribes of Sidhe-folk. Many of the customs that are typically thought of as May Day traditions, such as the maypole dance, and the honoring of erotic power, are also part of Stone Creed’s annual activities. In addition, if weather permits, we perform our rites under the sky rather than indoors, and use a live tree which is then planted near our summer ritual space.