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    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    Beltane/May Day songs

    O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today
    Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

    Next up on the calendar is Beltane and May Day, which have been pretty much blended together, over the centuries. Beltane started as an ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival, marking the beginning of Summer and the day the Tuatha De Danann first arrived in Ireland. The May Devotions came to us from Rome, and are dedicated to St. Mary, Queen of the May

    One tradition is making the May Altar for the home, decorating a representation of Mary with flowers. Another is the May Crowning, in which a figure of Mary is crowned with flowers. Here's an example...

    Another tradition is selecting a girl to be the May Queen, who leads a parade and other festivities, with mummers and others wearing flowers and greenery. In Tudor times, people became competitive about who could get the most garlands onto a costume, eventually reaching the point where they had a man completely covered. Thus was born Jack in the Green, the May Queen's companion. And, of course, there's the Maypole dance.

    So, here's some songs for the day, either about it, directly, relating to it, or capturing the spirit of it with girls and flowers...

    Hal an Tow

    Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance

    Loreena McKennitt - Huron (Beltane Fire Dance)

    Loreena McKennitt - On a Bright May Morning

    T-Rex - Beltane Walk

    Jethro Tull - Jack in the Green

    Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

    XTC - The Wheel and the Maypole

    The Cowsills - The Rain, the Park, and Other Things

    The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

    Godspell - Day by Day

    O Lusty May

    Now is the Month of Maying

    Bring Flowers of the Rarest (Queen of the May)

    On This Day O Beautiful Mother

    Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above

    Tis The Month Of Our Mother

    Ave Maria
    Last edited by perceval23; April 10th, 2012 at 09:04 PM.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    someplace corny
    Willow's Song (from The Wicker Man soundtrack)

    and 2 songs that sort of blend spirituality and sexuality, appropriate for Bealtaine in my opinion:

    Mysterious Ways (U2)

    Like a Prayer (Madonna)
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