Before wishing you all a happy May Day I thought it would be a good idea to read a little about the days significance and the basis of the Spring Bank Holiday.  We often lose sight of why we stop and celebrate, simply seeing the holidays as a long weekend to meet up with friends and relatives, this is not a bad thing but I do think that sometimes it is good to look at how our ancestors celebrated the Earths cycle.

While searching for the answers I found that the earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.  It is a day mainly celebrated in the northern hemisphere with festivals and public holidays but many cultures also celebrate this wonderful time of spring.

panier-fleuriIn the United Kingdom May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries.  Over this weekend many towns and villages will be celebrating springtime with village fetes and community gatherings (lets hope the weather doesn’t give us four seasons in a day this weekend !) Probably the most significant of the traditions is the maypole, around which dancers circle with ribbons. Many will prepare wonderful food for the festivities and sweet treats celebrating the sweeter side of life. Also, as in Roman times, many use flowers as decoration or as our grandparents may have done, offer a flower basket to a friend or neighbour.

May 1st is also known as Beltane which was widely observed through Ireland and Scotland as a day that marked the beginning of summer.  People would celebrate with special gatherings which included a special feast and offerings around a bonfire, this celebration largely died out in the 20th century but present day Wiccans and Celtic neopagans do celebrate the day in similar ways.

I have come to the conclusion that celebrating May Day isn’t just a chance for a day off work and a good excuse for a family get together it is something more, it gives us a real chance to acknowledge how well the Earth supports us and for us to take time together to show our appreciation. Of course my quick round up of May Day and its significance is quite limited, but you know where to look if you want to know more, the world of Google is a wonderful place to broaden the mind!

Before you leave this post please read on as I have some news………….

A couple of the team members will be busy working this weekend. Ian David Spencer will be visiting Bristol on Sunday where he will be displaying his beautiful artwork, to find out more about the event and venue please follow this link  Bristol Mind Body Spirit Fayre and Rosemary Griffiths is holding a Reiki I Attunement and fun day in Haverfordwest for ALL children where they will receive their Reiki I hands_reiki_kids-366x366Attunement, the day will also include meditation, face painting, colouring in mandalas, drums and song, for more information contact Rosemary via our contact page or Facebook Click Here to be taken to the Events page.  If you miss this opportunity but would be interested in your children enjoying a day of fun in the future please drop Rosemary an email she would love to hear from you.

And finally I am excited to announce that we have a new team member, Aleksandra Lech an Astrology and Tarot reader.  Aleks concentrates on connecting with people on a one to one basis, either face to face, by telephone or via Skype. I am extremely pleased that she has decided to join the site, and I am particularly looking forward to working more closely with her as we begin to build a series of videos on the subject of Astrology.  The video below is the first of many, we both hope that you like the subject and content (your comments are most welcome)

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, I wish you a wonderful May Day weekend and hope that you are able to take some time to relax and appreciate the world we live in and all that it has to offer.

with love and gratitude

Jackie x