May Pole Dance
Sir Hex Nottingham leads the May Pole Dance in 2017

Mystic Moon of Norfolk is all set to hold their annual May Moon Festival this upcoming weekend, May 4-6, 2018.  The event will be held at Williams Field at the Mariner’s Museum Park in Newport News. The festival celebrates Beltane - one of eight Pagan sabbats (seasonal observances and festivals) that make up the Pagan Wheel of the Year.  Beltane is a celebration of spring, fertility, and sexuality. The festival coincides with May Day which is a secularized version of the holiday.

Beltane is often celebrated with a May Pole.  The pole itself has obvious phallic imagery, while a ring of flowers that descends from the top represents female energies.  The red ribbons on the pole represent the feminine powers and the white ribbons represent the masculine. The crowning of a May King and Queen, bonfires, drumming, dancing, and games with sexual innuendo also take place.  Jack-in-the-Green, a large foliage covered nature spirit representing spring vegetation, is a traditional mascot for Beltane celebrations. 

May Moon includes all of these things and more, and is a welcoming place for all regardless of path, background, nationality, color, gender, or sexual orientation.  May Moon activities typically include music, entertainment, adult games, a silent auction, Tarot readers, vendors, a Maypole Dance and Beltane Ritual, coronation of the May King and Queen, a Sacred Fire Circle, and drumming.  This year the main ritual will feature a community feast. 

This will be the last year May Moon will be held at the Mariner’s Museum Park.  Mystic Moon is looking for a new home for the event for 2019.

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