It’s the first of May and it feels like Spring is finally here. Persephone, goddess of fertility, has finally, fully made her way back from the Underworld and she’s showing off her beauty. The signs started weeks ago, but she’s clearly here now, and will share her bright beauty for weeks go come.
It’s clear that Spring is the season of sex. Walking around my neighborhood last week you could see the first blooms that were paving the way for the full orgasm of blossom. So many trees and plants and flowers were right at the edge of opening, right at the point where you fall over the edge into beauty and bliss.
Just like any woman, there’s not much you can do to push Persephone towards her orgasm. You can only stay with the process, being patient, making it easier with rain + sunshine + attentiveness. Touching gently, digging deep, giving her what she asks for. Listening and staying with her, moment to moment. She might be stormy. She might be dark. She might show a different face each day, each moment. And while it may seem to take forever, eventually…eventually, she comes. And it’s quite glorious- with color + joy + relief + so much energy you’re utterly amazed. Just like any woman.
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The first of May is known as ‘Beltane’ in the earth-based traditions. Time to celebrate the Earth. Time to join in her fertility. Beltane is also when rituals were performed where the God and the Goddess (or, representatives thereof) were joined together to celebrate abundance, connection, and vitality. It was a time to honor sexuality as sacred, because you could see the power and wonder of sex nearly everywhere around you. It is the time of passionate fire- whether you gather around one or create it in bed with a lover.
Who are you thinking of with passion these past few days? What passion do you wish to ignite or give in to? What do you want to honor and celebrate that is full of vitality for you? Take a moment in your busy day and check in with yourself. Find whatever in your body or heart that wants to burst, to come, to rise out of the dirt and bloom. And let it do so.
Ready to burst.
It’s easy to think of Persephone as the maiden archetype. So ready to fall in love with Life and the world. So enamored and infatuated. Laughing, silly, and fresh. Like Mariah Carey on her Daydream album. I definitely identify with this energy, especially in Spring.
But I also love the re-telling of her story that we see today- as a woman who knew exactly what she was doing when she went to Hades. She was ready for the dark. Ready for the depth. Ready to reveal a different side of herself with the right lover. More like Joan Jett. Ready to rock and roll as an equal, as a queen. She returns with wisdom and dirt under her nails, ready to grow new things. Still Spring, but also strong.
I always feel pretty damn good when Beltane rolls around. My mood brightens and there’s just more energy to feed from and connect with. I’m a little bit of both versions of Persephone. And lucky is the lover who waits and tends to my needs. I will drag him down to the depths of playful darkness and push him back up again as we bloom together. [Ask my lover, he’ll tell you it’s true.]
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Playlist for Beltane
Always Be My Baby | Mariah Carey
Twenty two years ago this was a pop hit on the radio. And I remember because it’s when my lover and I were falling for each other. Falling all the way in.
Fantasy | Mariah Carey
“When you walk by every night/
Talkin’ sweet and lookin’ fine/
I get kinda hectic inside…
…but it’s just a sweet, sweet fantasy baby”
Rock and Roll | Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Because she’s the queen and won’t let you forget it.
Water Your Garden | Luscious Jackson
‘Can you be brave enough to risk it all’ as you emerge from the dark and the snow?
My Garden | Kat Dahlia
‘My roots been cravin’ lately, to soak in your diamonds.’
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I’m off to play, sacred ones.
Joanna :: xoxo