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This week, we celebrate Beltane! Beltane is a festival of Fertility and Love as we welcome the flowering of Nature's Return. In our mythology Beltane represents the Mating of the Goddess and the God. It's The Original White Wedding!

So, we'll talk in more detail about the meaning and significance of May Day from our earliest history. Plus we'll talk about the mythologies and customs that are traditionally associated with Beltane. And, while we're at it; just what the heck does "Beltane" mean? I've got the answers right here!

Beltane's importance goes deep into our history, and it was never actually snuffed out to the Church's satisfaction. It, in fact, followed the Euopeans to these very shores. I'll present to you a reading from the American writer, Nathanial Hawthorne. He wrote a stoy in 1836, which was a fictionalized account taken from early colonial history. It's called "The Maypole at Merrymount".

Some of the music you'll hear on this weeks show include; Wendy Rule: "Beltane"; Incubus Succubus: "Queen of the May"; Jenna Geene: "Green Man (Wild Earth Child)"; Olvardil Prydwyn: "See Emily Play (Games for May)"; Mooch: "Come a Maying"

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