A subtle switch, barely percievable, but something changes. Winter loosens its icy grip on the land and the snows begin to melt. A few brave animals awaken and begin to move about. The sounds of rushing water are heard. Sometimes, one can even smell fresh earth. This energy continues to the Equinox where we find all awakened, but still a bit sluggish. Signs of life have returned to the land, green buds and tiny, fresh leaves on the trees, young animals take their tenative first steps away from mom and explore the warming land. At Beltaine, all are awakened, activity has returned. How good it is to be alive! To live! To love! So, as the Goddess and God intertwine and celebrate Their love for all creation, we do the same. A pull at the loins, we celebrate creation in the most suitable way possible, by creating more.
This is a time of new beginnings, of planting, starting new ventures, fertility, and hope. This is the middle of the Waxing Year (the beginning is at Winter Solstice and the end is at Summer Solstice,) and corresponds to the New and Waxing Moon Phases. This time also corresponds to infancy and childhood.