Beltane Beltane still today celebrated in corrupted form as 'May Day' on the first of May (anciently it was at the first full moon with the sun in the sign of Taurus). The older name was Bealteine or Bel- Tene 'Tord of the (Life-) Fire', teine or tene meaning 'fire' and Be(a)l, 'Lord' - the old Gaulish deity Bel(enos), retained also in the name Sauvabelin (the forest of Belinos) an actual woods near Lausanne in the ancient Celtic homeland of what is now the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.


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