May Day, season fair,
Perfect time of year,
The blackbird’s song a poem
To the sun’s first slender ray
Irish Ninth century
Beltane is coming in a few days, with its blossom already here – the May is out!
But mixed with the joy, the peace and regeneration of nature aided by the lock-down, there is an increased awareness of our own natures as fragile, transient beings on this Earth. And this feeling is connected with Samhain. Beltane is the opposite: it encourages us to feel lusty and very much alive. But Samhain is arriving in the southern hemisphere and it is very much here in the northern hemisphere too – thanks to the coronavirus being present.
Last week Steve Hounsome consulted the Tarot for an insight into the current situation and got the Ten of Wands, which reflected how many people are feeling: burdened. He then led us on a great meditation to throw a log representing our burdens on the ritual fire.
So I thought I’d see what the Druid Animal Oracle could offer with a slightly different question about the current situation. How can we best respond? I got the Blackbird.