Beltane, held in Metuchen, NJ, started with a daytime ritual and altar
to Helios, progressed to a twilight ritual honoring Helios and Hecate
(with Janus as able gatekeeper), and ended with a nighttime ritual and
altar to Hecate. 33 attended the day-night ritual, choosing sides for
day or night for the rite (or hanging in the middle). Norma represented
Hecate and the joys of the night. Lady Sue represented Helios and the
pleasures of the day. They cajoled people to take one side or the other.
There were good-natured catcalls back and forth. Both deities enjoyed
Peg led us in belly dancing, Norma in drumming, Ed made a labyrinth
on Trish and Bob's front lawn, we made flower wreaths, danced the maypole,
ran our hobby horse and rag man around, and ate lots of excellent mayfaire
food. Many thanks to Trish and Bob and Bella for hosting and barbecue
grilling and all-around hospitality.
Check out the golden apples of the sun (honest, they're red apples!)
and Hecate's torch (honest, it's a birdbath!).
(Photos Marc and