Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Lá Bealtaine/May Day

On this very auspicious day - Lá Bealtaine or May Day - the new and improved version of The Light-Bearer's Daughter has begun her journey into the great land of America. Go well, my child. Meanwhile, on this side of the water, I celebrated the full moon and the fairy feast of May Eve (last night) by doing a fire-walk. Don't be fooled by the grey and ashen look of the ground here, caused by the camera's flash. It was all red and sparky when I strode through it! Four times. Yesiree. And on each side there was a little wall of flame and smoke. This was a shamanic first for me, but I also kept in mind both Dana and Laurel facing the feux follets in the final Chronicle of Faerie. There'll be some new bits added after this experience.

4 comments:

Sabrina said...

So does that mean the 3rd bok is available in stores in the Us? Although I live in Canada, I am visiting a friend in California, and so I am looking for the new versions of your books while here. I got the summer King already, but I was hoping to find The Lightbearer's daughter as well. Didn't that hurt your feet?

OR Melling said...

Yes, it should be in the bookstores now. May 1st was the release date. Let me know if you find it. (It's utterly gorgeous. All golden and shimmery.) As for the fire - I thought it would hurt my feet, but it strangely didn't. Yet I could feel the sparks "kissing" my soles, as the facilitator warned. I think if you just stand there it would burn you, but not if you keep walking. Reminds me of a saying I heard recently, "if you are going through hell, keep going!"

Laura said...

What is the correct pronounciation of Bealtaine? Haha, I love that phrase; like all good ones, it speaks about a less than savoury part of life but with humour. Glad your feet are okay!

Since I'm still in Canada, I've only read the new edition of Hunter's Moon. If you don't mind, I'll be emailing you with my praises and questions ;).

OR Melling said...

You pronounce Bealtaine like this: baa'l - tin - nuh. But run it together quickly with the emphasis on the first syllable, not the two following.