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May Pole Omens? I hope so.

Many of us gathered yesterday to do a Sunday May Pole over
in Bodega Bay, a small town on the Sonoma coast.  This marked the conclusion of our Beltane weekend.  The coastal hills and bluffs were alive with flowers, as were people’s
yards.  A cool breeze came in off
the Pacific, but the summer fog has not yet arrived.  It was a sunny beautiful day.

A wonderful pot luck with lots of good food preceded and
followed our pole dance.  We danced
to live music, and concluded with the best weave I’ve ever seen on a big May Pole.
 We hardly ever screwed up the
sequence.  The musicians, veterans
of many a dance, were impressed.

Somebody said that indicated a good year to come.  I hope so. And I hope everyone who celebrated this Sabbat had as good a time.

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posted May 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

We danced the MayPole as well, weaving diverse communities together (as well as Welcoming May & all else that Beltane celebrates).
Our weave was as unique as you can imagine that blend to be: some parts smooth and other parts lumpy. Joy was had on the meadow that afternoon…..Weave & Spin this is how the work begins……so I take that as a good omen as well.
The work isn’t always smooth and perfect. But joy was there and so were we: different folks from different places/trads (public ritual, don’t you know). In a place in a park where MayPoles have been danced for years.
It was all good.

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posted May 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Yes, We start out by displaying out maypole with the weave from the previous year, I jokingly review it as a record of events. Starting at the top where it is always a mess and working my way down pointing out where someone tripped and fell, was tackled by another dancer, and where I was inadvertently caught and braided into the pole, and later escaped. Then the braid is removed and burned in the bale fire while we weave in the new.
This year we experienced the same event and belief. This year was by far the best weave our pole has ever had, and we all seriously took it as a good omen, for the year as individuals and for the group as a whole.
Blessed Be.

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