Bouquets & Bonfire; A Beltane Tarot Spread
Last Updated: April 6, 2022
As the days grow warmer and the nights get shorter, we know that Beltane is just around the corner. This Sabbat is all about celebrating growth and joyous change, and there’s no better way to do that than with a tarot reading! In this blog post, we will discuss a 6-card Beltane tarot spread that can help you celebrate the holiday. Whether you’re looking for guidance on your love life or career, this spread has something for everyone!
What is Beltane?
Beltane is a pagan holiday (in the northern hemisphere, around May 1st, and in the southern hemisphere around November 1st) that celebrates the beginning of summer. It is a time of joy and fertility when the earth is bursting with new life.
Beltane is often celebrated with bonfires, Maypoles, and other traditional activities. This tarot spread is designed to help you celebrate Beltane and all that it represents. This can be a completely secular sabbat where you celebrate with friends with a BBQ or you can honor your deities/ancestors/spirits with summer season offerings.
I like to bring aspects of the new summer into my home with colorful ribbons tied around lavender pots, light summery cooking, and letting my children stay up later with me to see the sunset & the birds sing to each other before sleep.
Beltane tarot spread layout & questions to ask
You can try this spread with old faithful decks or a brand new one you’re still getting acquainted with, but try to be outside, with blooming flowers in sight and the smell of a fire nearby – even if it’s just scented candles and incense.
To begin, shuffle your tarot deck and draw a card for each position as shown in the below layout.
Finally, take some time to reflect on the questions that each card position represents and what message the tarot cards in that position might be trying to tell you. If you’re just starting to learn tarot, or if you’re still getting to know your deck, you may find my in-depth articles on the meanings of every tarot card helpful.
Tarot Card #1: Flirt - Project to try this season
Like Apple Blossom, bursting in with an energy that only later shows its fruitfulness, this card highlights a project for you this season that may become fruitful in ways you’d not perceived. Pay attention especially if it’s a Swords suit that comes out, as it may indicate a lot of the work is within you and a time to work on yourself.
Tarot Card #2: Marry - Firmly commit to what's good
Like the common Daisy, this pure and loyal flower provides you with a card placement that equally stands by you in solidarity, provides you with security, and that will always provide moments of little joy. This card comes up to show you that by firmly committing to the good in your life, you’ll find greater stability and security.
Tarot Card #3: Prune - Trim off the areas not serving me
Like a White Rose often found at funerals, this is something that you need to let go of (with kindness, with love in your heart). Pruning things up makes a stronger bloom for longevity. It might not seem ideal, but it’s always to your benefit. This is something that isn’t benefiting you, or worse, might bring you unnecessary grief.
Tarot Card #4: Tinder - Things starting to benefit me
This is a card that will highlight small sparks of good coming your way, and how you can fan the flames to make them grow. Be mindful of what is lit here and nurture it as you would a new flame – with care and attention. Pay attention to this card because this is the early ignition of good that, if tended to, will grow into something more.
Tarot Card #5: Firewood - Things that need tending to
This card is the wild untamed energy of the season itself. What does it want to teach you? How can you revel in it and make it work for you? This card can indicate that there are things in your life that need tending to, and if left unchecked, they could potentially become a problem. However, with the right kind of care (like adding tinder to the firewood), these issues can be resolved in advance.
Tarot Card #6: Embers - Things I can let go
This final card in the Beltane tarot spread will show you what has been beneficial for spring, and even the previous winter, but now deserve to be left to rest. This could be an old project, a relationship that’s run its course, or something that you’ve outgrown. It’s time to let go of what no longer serves you and make room for the new things headed your way this season. Make peace with this as the new summer brings you a delight of wonders ahead.
There’s an opportunity for you here to also pull a card to sit with, for a message to pay gratitude to, and a message to meditate
What did you think of this six card Beltane tarot spread? I’m exploring sharing with you more of the secular aspects in my practice – even the Wheel of the Year which I celebrate in my non-religious craft. Let me know on socials if you give this a try, or even drop me an email sometime, as I’d love to hear your feedback xxx
Written by Lizzie
I love curating divination experiences for those invested in spiritual growth with secular honest vibes. I am that witch you come to for these honest, interesting and beneficial divination experiences!
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