Beltane or May Day is on May 1 in the Northern Hemisphere and on November 1 in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s traditionally the end of winter and the beginning of summer, about midway between Ostara or the spring equinox and summer solstice in June. This is a joyful time, a time for fun and celebrating the promise of abundance. However, the harvest is still months away. Just as we still have a lot of work to do in our gardens, there’s still work to do on our goals.
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The winter solstice, also known as Yule, is the longest night and the shortest day. The previous Neo-Pagan festival, Halloween/Samhain, was a celebration of death in the sense of the old dying out. Yule celebrates the coming (though not yet arrival) of the light. In assessing the past year without judgment, you can let go of what you no longer need to worry about and prepare for what you still need to achieve.
Keeping a dream journal is one way to track symbols across dreams. Even if you don’t keep one, though, you can still easily track symbols that appear in multiple dreams from the same night. By connecting them, you can see the development of something, clarification of something, or reinforcement of what the symbol represents. I had this happen recently with two dreams involving stairs that I had on the same night.
The ultimate boon is the final stage of “Initiation,” which is what Campbell calls the second half of the “going” phase of the journey. This is the goal reached, the treasure taken, the princess married, or whatever the boon is. Spiritually, Campbell tells us this is acquiring knowledge of immortality and appreciation for this thing called life. Practically, it’s achieving wholeness through reaching the goal we’ve been trying to reach.
My father was terrified of failure. He was so terrified of it, in fact, that most of his dreams remained dreams. For years I thought I was the same way. Since I put this site up, I’ve been slowly expanding my comfort zone, and the prospect of failing has become more of an issue. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about it, and I now believe that we’re not taught what failure is really about. Failure is not shameful. It helps us discover things we couldn’t discover otherwise, and it’s spiritual.