Sunday, April 30, 2006

TURNING SEASONS

 

 

An open star cluster located in the Small Cloud of Magellan, about 200,000 light years away. Bonfires to welcome the coming of Celtic Summer. This is the eve of the season of Beltane. Starflowers in place of the earthly ones. This is from Caitlin Matthews' Celtic Devotional. The farewell blessing is usually said at the back door or a back window. I've always liked that word. Fare you well.

FAREWELL TO THE SEASON OF IMBOLC
 
Go with thanks and go with blessing,
Season of integrity.
Souls with truth are deeply freighted.
Hearts are keen with innocence.
You have come to brightest Spring,
Infant, who has grown to childhood,
Midwife, wise with mothering,
Touch the hidden beauty in us,
Help us soar on Summer's wing.
 
TO BE SAID AT THE FRONT DOOR ON THE EVE OF BELTANE
 
Maiden of flowers, open the door,
Smith of souls, come you in.
Let there be welcome to the growing strength,
Let there be welcome to the Summer of the year.
In bud and blossom you are traveling,
In fruit and fragrance you will arrive.
May the blessedtime of Beltane
Inflame the soul of all beings,
Bringing energy and effort to conflagration.
From the depths to the heights,
From the heights to the depths,
In the core of every soul
 
 

2 comments:

toonguykc said...

It's very hard for me to even grasp the concept of "light years".  Let alone 200,000 0f them.  I want glorious views like that to be much closer!!

Love,
Russ

lightyears2venus said...

Came over from Lisa's link (very, very lovely prayer you wrote for her) and was immediately smitten, especially when greeted with a star cluster and a beautiful devotional, both related to personal interests of mine, too.   Sorry I didn't discover it on May 1, but I don't suppose it would hurt to recite it a few days late?
*debbi*