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May Day, May Day: No Parking On The Dance Floor

Whether you refer to it as May Day or Beltane, it is often held as one of the most passionately beloved of all Pagan and Wiccan days. Here are some of the ways that I have enjoyed celebrating 

May 1: Early in the day, clean up your altar. Give it a good dust and polish and make it extra pretty. Then go out and pick some fresh wild or garden flowers or purchase some. Present them to your favorite lust Gods and Goddesses in a water-filled vase on the altar and tie some red and white ribbons at the base. 

For years, I have traditionally baked these yummy little scones from Patricia Telesco’s, “Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook.” 

TELESCO’S SCONES OF EDINBUGH

Yield: 1 dozen

One and 3/4 cups self-rising flour


3 teaspoons sugar (optional)


1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar


1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


1/2 teaspoons ground ginger


1 teaspoons molasses


1/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix flour, sugar, cream of tartar, cinnamon, ginger. Cut in butter with hand blender. Mix molasses and milk together. Stir in enough milk into the flour mixture so the dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Knead 10 times on lightly floured board. Roll into 3/4 inch thickness and cut into triangle shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 10-13 minutes. 

I have found that they cut perfectly into an eight-spoke wheel representing the sabbats and stay nice and fresh for at least five days after. Warmed or room temperature, they are great. Cover them, but do not refrigerate.

I realize most of us do not have access to a maypole, and it is not always easy to locate these sorts of festivities nearby. So in lieu, this will definitely do. Organize a dance outing with everyone you can round up to your local get-down spot. Always a good bet are 80s night themes, as these tend to be the biggest crowd-pleaser. If you have to wait to go out a few days until the weekend, that is OK, too. Have a light supper before going out, and for Aphrodite’s sake, dress up! Whatever makes you feel free-spirited and your sexy best, wear (or don’t wear) it. Plant a flower in your hair. The fake floral retro barrettes can be cute, too. 

When dancing, keep hydrated, alternating water between fruity cocktails, wine, or virgin daiquiris. Get sweaty– Couples dance, group dance, make a sandwich cookie out there with some abandon. After all, you do look your best when you shake it uninhibitedly. Before you are completely spent, head home and use some of that lustful raised energy to get it on with your partner. Better yet, pull over to a secluded side street/alley/park that you know won’t be patrolled and start making out there. Hot!

References:

Telesco, Patricia, (1994). A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications

Photo, "Women Jumping In Meadow Stock Image," by Vlado from freedigitalphotos.net

Special thanks to the band Midnight Star for the blog title refernce.

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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work was featured in Crone Magazine and the Marquette Journal online. She resides with a black cat named Bootsie, who always wants to keep her company at her computer.

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