It’s become a greatly anticipated event to those who have experienced it before and each year the crowd grows in numbers.
I’d say this year it was double the size of last year and thanks to the SLfeed we even had people pop up who just randomly caught a post promoting the event minutes before it started.
This was the 8th Beltaine wickerman on the island and the basic premiss hasn’t changed at all. We all meet on the beach, hold burning torches and march up the hill to the wicker man then listen to a speech about saying good bye to the past and welcoming the summer months.
Each year i try to add something new and this time i created some antler hats and warrior painted tattoos to give it a more feral feeling.
I dont think the events pagan origins are what draws the crowd, its the intense immersive experience. The parade, the fire, the music the setting sun and the words spoken in the ritual are all packed into a condensed 30 minutes. There is no room to step back from it or you risk missing something so instead you are drawn deep into it.
The event also draws upon friendships and camaraderie. Dogstar the Fae’s speech is all about remembering those who have been lost in the previous year, and encourages those present to appreciate the ones stood beside them now as friends experiencing the same thing. This makes the whole event personal.
When you logout of SL and your memory is one of colour, sound and friends rather than chat boxes, crashing and missing prims then you’ve truely had an experience and thats why i think so many love the Wickerman event.
I never document this event in video, it’s one where ive decided you must experience it for yourself.
Take care of each other over these summer months 🙂
BELTAINE, BELTAINE BELTAINE!