By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Good Beltane to all. I am sorry this won’t be a very magickal Beltane offering today as, to be honest, I only just remembered for one and for another, I have been very busy. During this kind of lull in sales and special orders we have been working extra hard to make certain that things for our shop have been restocked and coming up with some new magickal things to offer our lovely customers. And, it is difficult enough to do during normal times with the usual household duties needing doing as well but usual household duties have taken on a new meaning with Covid 19… it means one must clean better and more often, doesn’t it? Not that I have been much of a cleaner in my older years… not at least as fervent as I was when younger and I could still get on my knees to scrub the entire kitchen floor, anyway!
Still, I’m not complaining because we have been blessed. Beltane for me will be a time of thanksgiving. We have been on lockdown for a long time and still speaking civilly to one another so far. We have food. We have a roof over our heads. Our cats have food and are completely and happily ignorant of what is going on in the world. We even have toilet roll and hand sanitiser now! But best of all, we still have our health. And, that is the biggest and best blessing of all.
Do you remember when you were a child and you complained about not having something? Maybe a toy like your friend’s or a car like the neighbour’s or some incidental thing that was of huge import to you but really not the end of the world? Your mum might say, “At least you have your health”. Yes, I got that one-line zinger more than a few times in my youth. And now, I fully realise the great importance it has. Nothing else in this world is as important as our health. Without it, all the money, cars, etc are useless. Money can’t buy you love. And money certainly can’t buy you good health in many cases.
There are many things to be grateful for. The weather has been, for the most part, gorgeous. The Ozone hole over the Arctic has completely healed. Without busses, cars, lorries, etc out on the roads so much the air is cleaner. Most of us are probably able to order shopping in or go to supermarket and find very nearly everything they need… apart from flour, apparently. A lot of home British Bake Off’s going on, I think! Many countries seem to be getting a handle on Covid 19 and hopefully we will learn how from them. There is certainly nothing wrong with learning from countries who are getting it right!
There are so many heroic people in this world, I can’t possibly speak of them all. The doctors and nurses, hospital porters, emergency services, care home carers, fire brigades, soldiers, the very people who are ill but fighting the good fight, people who stay home so as not to spread the disease and make life harder for others, most notably the hospital workers. All of us are doing our bit to help. It’s by doing our bit that supports the ones in the trenches. It may seem only a little thing to stay at home and wash our hands, but it is a huge help. If it keeps one more person from needing brave NHS Hero doctors like my friend, Angela’s son Matthew – who did contract Covid 19 and was ill but has since recuperated and back on the front lines again, brave lad! – then isn’t it a very big thing to do after all? Pat yourself on the back, as social distancing prevents me from doing it for you, and say to yourself, “Well done me!”
Have yourselves a lovely Beltane. I hope you’re able to celebrate it joyfully and in good health. Spare a kind thought for yourself, no matter your situation. And please give thanks to all who are working so hard to make this sacrifice worthwhile. That includes you. Warmest blessings upon all whom this way wander x
PS, don’t forget to #ClapfortheNHS! And no matter where you live, clap for your health carers. We could not do without them!