The Beltane celebration honored life over death and celebrated the rebirth of the world. Above all, it was a fertility festival, a symbolic union of the God and Goddess, of the divine masculine and the divine feminine. A young virgin, often dressed in white with a crown of flowers, was chosen to be the Queen of the May. Her consort went by many names, including the Green Man, the May Groom, the May King, and Jack-of-the-Green, often dressed in green and decorated with leaves.

The Beltane celebration honored life over death and celebrated the rebirth of the world. Above all, it was a fertility festival, a symbolic union of the God and Goddess, of the divine masculine and the divine feminine. A young virgin, often dressed in white with a crown of flowers, was chosen to be the Queen of the May. Her consort went by many names, including the Green Man, the May Groom, the May King, and Jack-of-the-Green, often dressed in green and decorated with leaves.

Green Man with mermen coming out of his ears on a 16th Century bench end in the Church of the Holy Ghost, Crowcombe, Devon, England (photo Rex Harris

Green Man with mermen coming out of his ears on a 16th Century bench end in the Church of the Holy Ghost, Crowcombe, Devon, England (photo Rex Harris

Inspired by myths world wide, this door has the "Green Man" hand carved onto the outward facing side of the door. Oak leaves and acorns surround him and adorn the frame with the hand forged handle accenting the colors and foliage as well.

Inspired by myths world wide, this door has the "Green Man" hand carved onto the outward facing side of the door. Oak leaves and acorns surround him and adorn the frame with the hand forged handle accenting the colors and foliage as well.

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