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Beltane

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Firstly: I know Beltane was over a month ago, I've been having technical problems. at least now I'm finally caught up on this project

Part five of an eight part Pagan Festival series.

Witch - :iconmizzd-stock:

"Beltane is a Celtic word which means 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.

Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.

Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.

Other festivities involved fire which was thought to cleanse, purify and increase fertility. Cattle were often passed between two fires and the properties of the flame and the smoke were seen to ensure the fertility of the herd.

Today Pagans believe that at Beltane the God (to whom the Goddess gave birth at the Winter Solstice) achieves the strength and maturity to court and become lover to the Goddess. So although what happens in the fields has lost its significance for most Pagans today, the creation of fertility is still an important issue.

Fire is still the most important element of most Beltane celebrations and there are many traditions associated with it. It is seen to have purifying qualities which cleanse and revitalise. People leap over the Beltane fire to bring good fortune, fertility (of mind, body and spirit) and happiness through the coming year."
- Taken from a BBC Article
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FractaldragonProfessional Artisan Crafter
This piece actually really reminds me of one of my favorite folk rock/Pagan musicians, S.J. Tucker (fondly known as Sooj). If you Google her, I'm sure you'll see some of the photos that remind me of your image. And if you don't know her music, you should take a listen—she is wonderful (and also has a great sense of humor.)
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for the recommendation. I've not hear of her before but I shall definitely have a listen, thanks
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ChazKempProfessional Digital Artist
Wow! This is a really cool piece. Simple yet very emotional! I love the line work here and your style rocks.
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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ChazKempProfessional Digital Artist
You are most welcome.
l-aurens's avatar
l-aurens Photographer
Yay, finally, "my" holiday!

What's funny is I don't really feel as connected to this one as some of the others, perhaps because fire isn't really my thing (or colors). Odd. I mean, not that one's birthday actually matters.

I think you should absolutely check out the magazines mentioned above.
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Aaaww sorry! For me Beltane is all about the fire festivities even though I don't like fire.
l-aurens's avatar
l-aurens Photographer
No, no, you're right. Absolutely. I'm not criticizing, just commenting on the irony of my own lack of appreciation for warmer tones.
mizzd-stock's avatar
wow great work! :love: :clap:
rubydeva's avatar
All I can say is that I love the colors. I'm kinda poor at giving advanced critique.

I could actually see this is in a pagan magazine, like either Witch or a Llewellyn publication. Have you thought about sending any of your Pagan Festival pieces out?
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
I don't know any pagan magazines, but thanks for the suggestion!
rubydeva's avatar
Llewellyn Publishing is located in St. Paul, MN. [link] I think you can get some information from them, if you feel like ever publishing your arts in book of some sort or maybe even into a coloring book.
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
oh wow! thanks for the link!
rubydeva's avatar
Let us (your watchers) know if anything comes out of that. :D
Leppardra's avatar
I agree. There are several Pagan mags I can think of that might accept your work: Circle, Pan Gaia, and New Witch. You might try contacting them and ask if they accept submissions. :)
rubydeva's avatar
Oooo...I forgot about those two. I think it may because I haven't subscribed to them in awhile, but yes those are good too.
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Ooh thanks for the suggestion!
Leppardra's avatar
You're very welcome, hun. The way you draw, I can't see them doing anything but noticing you. Your style is very much up their collective alleys. Give it a try. :nod:
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