Exactly opposite in the year from Halloween, Beltaine is the annual portal into Summer, just as Samhain is the gateway to Winter. It is a day for celebrating the end of our great cold slumber and our long season of nite and to usher in the warmer days to come. And, like Samhain, it is a nite where the doorways to the Underworld are thrown open and spirits and witches run rampant.
The name Beltaine means The Fire of Baal, Baal meaning simply Lord and refers to the great archetypal Shining God of Illumination. Baal is the Great God of Chthonic wisdom that dwells within each of us, our own inner God that strives ever to shine forth. Baal is not to be perceived as a specific outer force but rather an inner one, Baal is not a lord that we owe fealty to but rather our own personal self as Lord. Baal is not a single overarching deity but is rather a personal one, a God that we each carry with us and is the source of all of the gifts of Nature and the mysterious God of our Fathers.
On this nite we lite bonfires to Baal to symbolize the coming of the lite and to consume the old dead winter that now lies behind us. From these fires we shall each spring forth born anew like the Phoenix from the ashes, resplendent in our new found strength and ready to meet the Summer shining, inspired, and new.
Tonite we Immanentize the Eschaton, tonite we bring about a perfect world. We know that Heaven cannot truly exist here on Earth but that is not the point. Never forget The End does not Justify the means, the End is the means. The Process is the Product, the Product is the Process. It is how we live that ultimately shall be how we are judged. We must live forever in our own perfect worlds and in so doing we manifest them here on Earth.
Tonite we celebrate and grow wild but let us temper ourselves with moderation and wisdom and let us be wary of the devils that lurk amongst us. Let not this nite lead to excess for we must prepare ourselves for the morrow. We must preserve our strength for May Day and the trials that lay beyond. Now we are strongest, let us channel our strength into our Great Work.