So Beltane is almost upon us. This year I have been attempting to "share" my beliefs with my children. Lancer is now starting to understand more since he's now 7. Shaunessy still really has no clue what Mommy is talking about since he's about 22 months +. He will be two at the end of June.
How does one explain to a child what Beltane is without talking too much about the aspect of the Great Rite and fertility rituals which are a major aspect of this Sabbat in my personal practice. This is what I came up with.....Right now, I feel he just needs to know that the Great Rite is the love between the Goddess and the God.
The Red Rose.....
It's a symbol that I actually use during my rituals to symbolize the Great Rite. It is a combination of both masculine and feminine. It is one of the many things that is a product of the joining of the God and Goddess. Its long green thorned stem represents the male diety and the beautiful soft red petals represent the womb of the Goddess. Their "love" for one another produces many beautiful things upon this great place of Gaia. Within my own practice I recognize the light and dark of everything. Father Sun with Mother Moon. Night and Day. Cold and Hot. Male and Female. In my own beliefs, you can not have one part without the other. The two become one to create life and or energy.
How would you explain Beltane to children?