Merry Beltane! What is Beltane? Beltane is one of the oldest and longest enduring European festivals, originating long before Plato and Aristotle, long before warring Greeks and then later Romans conquered their way across the world. It is a festive time celebrating the warmth of spring and signaling that it is time to plant fields and gardens. This is “May Day” with the traditional ribbon weaving dance around the May pole. It was and is a festival well known by all in Britain and kept as a tradition in Ireland all the way into the reign of Queen Victoria — until anti-Irish and anti-witchcraft laws abolished it — for a few decades anyway. Though our ancient ancestors celebrated Beltane based on the movements of the moon, today’s Wiccans and those celebrating Irish/Welsh/Scottish/English heritage celebrate this joyful mid-spring festival from sundown on April 30th to sundown May 1st. Growing up in Nebraska, we celebrated May Day by making decorative baskets which we filled with flowers and candy and then gave to all our neighbors, a simplification of the large Beltane picnic brunches that our ancestors enjoyed. I still love May Day baskets, still love planting my garden, and still love giving presents to celebrate. So can you think of a better reason for me to give YOU THREE PRESENTS? I sure cannot! Everyone LOVES PRESENTS! So here are my presents to YOU. But just on Beltane. But since you may live hours ahead of me or hours behind me on the globe, let’s make Beltane to be from 3 AM Eastern Daylight Time on WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH to MIDNIGHT Eastern Daylight Time on MAY 1ST. Okay with you? GREAT!! I thought you might like that!
Here are my presents:
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Boudicca: Britain’s Queen of the Iceni http://tinyurl.com/LWWHBoudicca
The Ghosts of the Past http://viewBook.at/B00BVBHNDO
The Lost Tales of the Anlei’s Legacy Trilogy http://tinyurl.com/ALLost
These are free JUST ON APRIL 30TH TO MAY 1ST, 2014 — but with prices ranging from 99 cents to $2.99, these books are always a great value! If you miss the giveaway but want to read/review any or all of these, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly gift you whichever books you are interested in. Spread the word so I can give out more presents. Presents are good! I want to give you presents! Learn more about Beltane and the music celebrating it in my research article on Yahoo Voices