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Vicki Z
02-05-2012, 12:30 AM
May Day / Beltane - Due April 20, 2012
Signup/Withdraw Date: April 20, 2012
Number of Cards: 3 for 3 or 6 for 6
Number of Participants: Unlimited



RETURNS MAILED 4/23



May Day, also known as Beltane, occurs May 1st.
It is associated with fun, fertility, and Maypole Dances.
Some festivities include the choosing of a May Lord and Lady.

In the Celtic religion, Beltane is a festival held on the first day of May, celebrating the beginning of the pastoral summer season and open pasturing.
Herds of livestock were driven out to the summer pastures and mountain grazing lands. Beltane was one of two turning points in the year, the other being November 1 (Samhain), the start of winter. At both, the bounds between the human and supernatural worlds were erased. On May Eve, witches and fairies roamed freely, and measures had to be taken against their enchantments.

In ancient Ireland, Beltane fires played a role in May Day festivities.
As late as the 19th century in Ireland, cattle were driven between two bonfires on Beltane as a magical means of protecting them from disease. (This practice has some truth associated since driving livestock close to the intense heat of a bonfire gets rid of bugs, parasites, and insect eggs)

Don't forget the food. When you feast for Beltane, think about foods that symbolize fertility and the growing season of the earth. Anything leafy or green is fair game, or fertility foods such as eggs, fruits and vegetables. Load up your altar, or set up your dinner table with tasty treats that remind you that new life is about to begin.



* This is a 3 for 3 or 6 for 6 card trade. Make 3 or 6 cards and receive the same number back.

* Any medium. This means ALL mediums and styles are welcome. All I ask is that you send in your best work. Something you would not be disappointed in receiving if it was sent to you.

* Please make sure to package your cards securely and confirm there is enough postage on the envelope.

* If you are unsure about mailing ATCs, or just may want to pick up some good tips for shipping, here is a great link.
http://atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=909

* If you are inside the U.S., please include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope 4 by 9 1/2 inches, plus 45 cents postage, or one "Forever" stamp if trading 3 cards, OR 65 cents postage or two "Forever" stamps if trading 6 cards, OR if your cards are extra heavy. Please put the Swap name and your Username on the back of your mailing envelope, return envelope, and on all cards. And please write clearly on everything!

* International participants, I will cover your postage. Please include a self addressed envelope 4 by 9 1/2 inches (10 x 28 cm), or if you do not have the correct size envelope, please include a large mailing label with your address. Please put your username and Swap Name on the back of your mailing envelope, return envelope if sent, and on all cards. And please write clearly on everything!

* I apologize for being so demanding about the envelope size, but the postal rates in the US charge extra for thickness. When cards are stacked, or overlapped, in (a smaller) envelope, it almost always costs more to mail. When I use the 9 1/2 inch business size envelopes, I can spread the cards over the area and be nice and thin and only pay for the normal postage.

* Cards are due to me by April 20, 2012. Please allow sufficient lead time for cards to get to me, particularly if you are an International participant. itrader ratings will be given when I receive your cards. Returns will be mailed promptly. Late cards will be traded with other late cards, or returned, as it is unfair to those participants who always have their cards in early or on time.

* Remember: We all want to be able to know who to give rep points back to. So, do not forget to put your username and swap name on the back of each card!

* An extra ATC in this theme is appreciated but not at all expected!

* Thank you for considering this swap! If you have my address from previous swaps, it hasn't changed. If you are new, or have not been in one of my swaps for a while, I’ll PM you with my address when you sign up!

* Above all ~Have fun!!!


* Here are some links to get you started:

Wheel of the Year
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_year

Beltane Festival
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane
http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/beltane.htm
http://www.beltane.org/festivals/beltane
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/beltane.htm
http://herbalmusings.com/beltane.htm

Maypole Dancing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maypole

Beltane Celebration Recipes
Green Man Cake
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanecooking/r/GreenManCake.htm
May Day Fritters and Beltane Cake
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2010/04/may-day-fritters-and-beltane-cakes/



Current Participants
May Day / Beltane - Due April 20, 2012

*1. lea67000 - it - Cards Received 2/22 * FRANCE
*2. Phoenix - it - Cards Received 4/19
*3. rebecca410 - it - Cards Received 3/20 * SOUTH AFRICA
*4. papersaga - it - Cards Received 3/02
*5. TxCat - it - Cards Received 4/06
*/. spineofafish - WITHDREW * IRELAND
*6. WildGoose - it - Cards Received 4/09 * CANADA
*/. purplybunny - WITHDREW * IRELAND
7. jiliyan - a * CANADA
*//. MadLou23 - WITHDREW * ENGLAND
*8. ArtDuJunque - it - Cards Received 4/16
*9. icekat - it - Cards Received 3/26 * CANADA
*10. suzieq77 - a
*11. jaceslave - it - Cards Received 3/26
rn12. rogalaca - it - Cards Received 3/23
*//. Otterpup - NO CARDS NO COMMUNICATION
*13. Vicki Z - it - Cards Received 3/26

* INTERNATIONAL

lea67000
02-05-2012, 05:51 AM
I have an Error 404 with your food links.

Vicki Z
02-05-2012, 07:08 AM
Thanks for letting me know, lea67000.
I deleted them and re-linked them and they appear to be working now.

There were some great recipes for Green Man Cake and other yummies, so I hope some of you have the opportunity to try making them.

lea67000
02-05-2012, 11:02 AM
Me 3 or 6 depending on my inspiration.

Vicki Z
02-05-2012, 11:27 AM
Welcome lea67000.
I have signed you up.

Phoenix
02-05-2012, 01:57 PM
Me me me!

Vicki Z
02-05-2012, 02:36 PM
Welcome Phoenix.
I have signed you up.

rebecca410
02-06-2012, 07:22 AM
Sign me up!!

Vicki Z
02-06-2012, 08:59 AM
Welcome rebecca410.
Are there any special traditions or festivals held in South Africa for May Day?
If so, these traditions/festivals would make interesting ATCs.
I have signed you up.

Vicki Z
02-06-2012, 09:00 AM
Welcome papersaga.
I have signed you up.

TxCat
02-08-2012, 02:38 PM
Count me in

Vicki Z
02-08-2012, 03:12 PM
Welcome TxCat.
I have signed you up.

spineofafish
02-11-2012, 01:43 AM
Well. You know I gotta do this one, too. May I join up?

Vicki Z
02-11-2012, 03:06 AM
Welcome spineofafish.
I have signed you up.

lea67000
02-11-2012, 07:30 AM
My Beltane cards are ready. I depicted cattle and fire, the altar with flowers eggs and honey and the mast with ribbons.

http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/13/83/92/86/dsc02514.jpg

Vicki Z
02-11-2012, 10:43 AM
LOVE your cards, lea.
You have really captured the Beltane spirit.
Can't wait to meet them in person.

WildGoose
02-11-2012, 05:52 PM
I was waiting for this one to come up!
Please sign me on, too

Vicki Z
02-13-2012, 07:30 AM
Welcome Wild Goose.
I have signed you up.

purplybunny
02-13-2012, 07:39 AM
can you sign me up please? dunno if 3 or 6 yet but will let you know nearer the time :)

Vicki Z
02-13-2012, 07:59 AM
Thank you for joining purplybunny.
I hope you can do some of the Festivals in Ireland for us.
I have signed you up.

Vicki Z
02-14-2012, 01:58 PM
Welcome jiliyan.
I have signed you up.

MadLou23
02-14-2012, 05:09 PM
oh this one sounds Fab!!! sign me up please!

Vicki Z
02-14-2012, 05:35 PM
Welcome MadLou23.
I have signed you up.

purplybunny
02-15-2012, 09:57 AM
Thanks Vicki Z :) I'm in the planning stages at the moment and aim to get some traditional Beltaine pictures and symbolism into the atcs :)

Vicki Z
02-18-2012, 07:11 AM
That sounds FAB-U-LOUS.
Most countries have their own unique celebrations, and they are all so wonderful.

ArtDuJunque
02-21-2012, 02:24 AM
Beltaine is my favourite holiday! Sign me up!

Vicki Z
02-22-2012, 08:38 AM
Welcome ArtDuJunque.
I have signed you up.

Vicki Z
02-22-2012, 03:42 PM
FIRST cards have been received.
Thank you lea67000 for some AWESOME art.
You have beautifully captures the highlights of the Festival.
Love all the extras, and the hostie card.

icekat
02-25-2012, 06:52 PM
I guess I should actually sign up, I have 2 cards done. LOL I'll post when I'm done.

Vicki Z
02-26-2012, 12:03 AM
Welcome icekat.
I have signed you up.

Vicki Z
02-28-2012, 12:20 PM
Thanks for letting me know, papersaga.
I will watch for your cards.

Vicki Z
03-02-2012, 02:25 PM
FAB cards received from papersaga.
All wonderful, as usual.
Love the melted crayon.
FAB green man

Thanks for the extra postage.
It is always greatly appreciated.

icekat
03-05-2012, 12:26 AM
Here are mine! The titles are on the image. Can't get enough of drawing the satyrs, fauns, foresty lords. :)

Vicki Z
03-05-2012, 07:32 AM
:notworthy:AWESOME cards, icekat.:notworthy:
Can't wait to see them in real life.
Thank you for posting pictures so we can all drool.

Vicki Z
03-12-2012, 02:33 PM
We are having "April" weather today, the warmest we have had in Minnesota since 1894 (yes, EIGHTEEN niney four).
I am thinking Beltane, how about you?

Phoenix
03-12-2012, 03:43 PM
Lovely and inspirational as always, icekat! Love them!

icekat
03-12-2012, 06:12 PM
Thank you, Phoenix. Yeah, we have nice weather going on here off and on too. Though one day it's spring, then it's blizzarding, then spring again. Really weird.

Jaceslave
03-13-2012, 11:55 AM
Can I play

Vicki Z
03-13-2012, 12:15 PM
You certainly can.
Happy to have you Jaceslave
I have signed you up.

rogalaca
03-14-2012, 10:39 AM
Ok I am in...I need to finish the wheel. thanks

Vicki Z
03-14-2012, 11:04 AM
Welcome rogalaca.
I have signed you up.

rogalaca
03-18-2012, 07:59 PM
ok let's see if i can post some pictures. I have a heck of a time on this computer. My old one was easy.

Jack O the Green - the green man and the fool
On the green
Queen of the May
and jumping the Bale Fire

Vicki Z
03-18-2012, 09:04 PM
FAB cards, rogalaca.
Can't wait to see them in person.

ArtDuJunque
03-19-2012, 12:13 AM
Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire!

rogalaca
03-19-2012, 08:49 AM
Oh Art you made me LOL. So true. The little flame thing is almost getting him. Oh how I have missed this. I moved and haven't been doing in swaps for about a month. thanks for a good laugh.

thanks Vicki...in the mail today

Vicki Z
03-22-2012, 06:54 AM
FAB cards received from Rebecca410.
LOVE your Maypole.
Wonderful May bough on the door.

icekat
03-22-2012, 08:27 AM
My cards for this swap and Phrixy's for your astrology swap are in the mail!

Vicki Z
03-22-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks for letting me know.
I will watch for them.

Vicki Z
03-22-2012, 01:44 PM
FAB cards received from rogalaca.
They are even more wonderful IRL.
Thank you for the hostie card.

purplybunny
03-22-2012, 05:47 PM
sorry but i'm going to have to withdraw from this swap :( *le sigh*

Vicki Z
03-22-2012, 07:01 PM
Sorry to lose you.
I will withdraw you.

Jaceslave
03-23-2012, 11:22 AM
Cards went out yesterday

Vicki Z
03-23-2012, 11:28 AM
Thanks for letting me know, Jaceslave.
I will watch for them.

Vicki Z
03-26-2012, 12:05 PM
FAB cards received from icekat and jaceslave.
Thanks for the hostie card and postage.
Both are greatly appreciated.

Otterpup
03-26-2012, 04:57 PM
I'm game. I want to do 3.

WildGoose
03-26-2012, 08:02 PM
These ones took a bit more thinking about than either Samhain or Imbolc for some reason.....tried to keep closer to older Beltane beliefs...finally finished, so here they be-

Credits:
Source photos of people from the NYPL's & LOC's VAST late 19th- early 20thC theatre collections,digitally re-coloured from their original B&W

There are actually 3 Lady Macbeths (!) and 2 Roman Women

The head of the Oak King is really that of the Green Knight from a production of Gawain and the Green Knight... I smothered him in oak leaves!

The deer is courtesy of the US National Park Service (NPS) and The SIDHE is standing by an actual existing "Faery Bridge" on the Isle of Man

The firey colours of Beltane are a texture gift from Skeletal Mess
Will mail around mid-week, VickiZ

Vicki Z
03-27-2012, 06:22 AM
AWESOME cards, wildgoose.
I always love how you put your wonderful images together.
Thank you for posting these fantastic pictures.

Vicki Z
03-27-2012, 04:04 PM
Welcome Otterpup, both to my swap and to this site.
Be sure to read all the rules and information on the first post, and please ask if you have any questions.
I have signed you up.

Otterpup
03-27-2012, 11:20 PM
Thank you so much for the welcome. I am looking forward to this.

Vicki Z
03-29-2012, 12:05 PM
Beltane has so many symols associated with it - Maypoles, Handfasting, Green Man and May Queen - that this is the favorite holiday of many people.

TxCat
04-03-2012, 08:52 AM
Cards went out today. I will share them when I get back to my big cimputer later today.

Vicki Z
04-03-2012, 04:23 PM
Thanks for letting me know, TxCat.
I will watch for your cards.

Vicki Z
04-06-2012, 12:49 PM
Lovely cards received from TxCat.
Thank you for the hostie card.

Vicki Z
04-09-2012, 11:29 AM
Awesome cards received from WildGoose.
Another stellar batch of ATCs.
Thank you so much for the hostie card.

Vicki Z
04-10-2012, 03:39 PM
Less than 2 weeks until cards are due.
Be sure to allow mailing time, 3-4 days if within the U.S., a week or more if International.

ArtDuJunque
04-11-2012, 12:22 AM
Cards done, will post piccies tomorrow when I get better lighting.

Vicki Z
04-11-2012, 06:23 AM
Looking forward to seeing your creations, ArtDuJunque.

Vicki Z
04-13-2012, 07:28 AM
Cards are due in exactly one week, and quite a few of you have been very quiet.
It takes 3-4 days for mail to reach me, so please don't wait too long to get your beauties into the mail.:)

MadLou23
04-13-2012, 08:42 AM
Hello!
I'm gonna have to withdraw from this one. The muse has left me and now I just won't get them to you on time :(

Vicki Z
04-13-2012, 09:50 AM
Sorry to lose you, but it seems that there are many muses missing.
They must have all gone on a LOOOOONG Easter Break together.

I will withdraw you and hope to see you another time.
Thanks for letting me know.

ArtDuJunque
04-14-2012, 12:16 PM
Here they are, in the mail today.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/7075296535_3e60eddd7b_m.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5114/7075296175_78ee8a1c76_m.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5039/6929219406_87038f8ba7_m.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/7075295551_9cd3af0ff5_m.jpg

Phoenix
04-14-2012, 12:38 PM
My cards went into the mail yesterday, and the cards are in my gallery. I couldn't get good scans of them, so I had to take pictures. I'm not sure how well they show but here they are:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/6688/small/2_May_Queen.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=296240) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/6688/small/1_Dionysus_God_of_Wine_and_Ecstasy.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=296241) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/6688/small/1_Beltane_Dancer.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=296242)

Vicki Z
04-14-2012, 02:08 PM
FAB cards, ArtDuJunque and Phoenix.
Thank you for creating such AWESOME cards, and posting pictures.
I will watch for them and let you know when they arrive.

icekat
04-14-2012, 06:52 PM
Phoenix, I love the Dionysos card! They're all well done, but he's my fave.

Vicki Z
04-16-2012, 12:34 PM
Lovely cards received from ArtuJunque.
Thank you for the hostie card.

Phoenix
04-17-2012, 08:53 PM
Thank you, icekat!


Phoenix, I love the Dionysos card! They're all well done, but he's my fave.

Vicki Z
04-19-2012, 01:07 PM
AWESOME cards received from Phoenix.
Did you use Copic Markers?
The color blending is stunning.
Thank you so much for the extra postage.

Vicki Z
04-23-2012, 10:36 AM
Returns have been mailed out.
When you receive your cards, please leave an itrade for your host (me) and You Rock! points for those people from whom you receive returns.

Thanks for playing.

rogalaca
04-27-2012, 08:42 AM
Got my cards yesterday. Awesome by the way. thanks to Vicki Z, PaperSaga, and wildgoose.

Phoenix
04-28-2012, 04:59 PM
Awesome returns received from icekat, ArtDuJunque, and Rogalaca, so beautiful, thank you! And a special thank you to our wonderful hostess!

ArtDuJunque
04-28-2012, 05:55 PM
I got lovelies in the mail today from Phoenix, Lea67000, and Papersaga! Thanks so much everyone and especially Vicki for hosting!

lea67000
04-30-2012, 09:57 AM
Lovely returns received today!

WildGoose
05-02-2012, 12:01 AM
Most lively and ( a nice surprise from Canada Post )-timely returns today from fine fellow artists rogalaca,Phoenix and TxCat!
Thank-you all and thank-you, VickiZ for hosting this most interesting seasonal series

icekat
05-10-2012, 12:06 AM
Thank you, Vicki, for the wonderful returns! Loving my Dionysus by Phoenix, Family Feast by TXCat, and May Day Basket by Jiliyan!

Vicki Z
05-10-2012, 06:30 AM
I have heard from almost everyone, so I will be closing down this thread shortly.

Thanks again for playing!:)