The Wyld Fire Beltane Hunt
April 30th thru May 3rd, 2020
The Wyld Fire Beltane Hunt is a four day/three night festival celebration of the Pagan holiday of Beltane (aka May Day). The entire event is hosted by New Orleans Lamplight Circle, a Pagan-based social, educational, and activism forum that has operated in the area for 10 years. This is our EIGHTH annual Beltane event, and traditionally, our proceeds go to benefit the Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Project. This year, however, we have chosen (with PPP's blessing) to donate to Australian relief efforts following the 2019-2020 bushfires. You can find more information about the change here.
Beltane honors life! It is the transitional time between the zenith of Spring and the beginning of Summer. The energies of the Earth are strong at this time, and waiting to burst forth from potential to conception. On Beltane, sexuality and abundant fertility are the central themes. The maiden goddess, or May Queen, is the manifestation of growth and renewal. The young Oak King, or Jack-In-The-Green, proves his virility in sport to win her hand. Their blessed union is then consummated, and she becomes pregnant. They are the symbols of sacred marriage, or Hieros Gamos, and their fertility spreads abundance throughout the land. This union of masculine and feminine, Earth and Sky, has been reenacted by humanity for centuries. This is the night of the Greenwood Marriage, and the entire evening is steeped in sexuality and sensuality, passion, joy, and vitality. This is when all plans, hopes, and dreams are transmuted into actions!
Think of it like a giant game of "hid-and-seek." The evening begins at twilight, when those attendees who have signed up to be the "HUNTERS" will dash out into the fields and woods of Gryphon's Nest, ready to pounce on the sacred priests/preistesses, or "HOLIES". Those who have signed up to be "holy" will already be hiding, or running. The goal of the hunter is to chase down their holy, one by one, they discover the holy that has been secretly designated the May Queen. The goal of the holy is to slow down the chase, stumping the hunters with riddles, and hiding the identity of the real May Queen. Only the hunter who outsmarts their holy and proves their vitality beyond their fellow hunters will capture the May Queen, and be crowned Oak King. Choose to be holy, hunter, or neither... our hunt is not based on preconceived gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity lines.
The "Hieros Gamos," or sacred marriage, is an ancient Pagan tradition that emulates the divine union of all things masculine and feminine in nature. At sunset, we will crown the May Queen and Oak King and channel divine energy through them to bless all who have gathered for ritual, and the land we stand on. Please note that, while we spiritually work with the divine in polarity, that doesn't mean that the forces at play will yield a binary May Queen and Oak King.
Gryphon's Nest Campground is located at 19306 Bull Run Rd., Springfield, LA 70462. Don't rely on MapQuest or your GPS systems-they never get it right! Also when you get closer to the campground you may lose phone signal!
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