“Beltane – Cleansing and Warding”
“In Celtic tradition, Beltane begins the warm half of the year. This is a time for spring cleaning and for protective magic. Cattle would be driven between balefires. Cottages would be cleaned and swept out, the hearth fire doused and relit. Insecticidal herbs may be picked for home remedies.
Take care of your covensted this Beltane. Hold a work day for peope to come and freshen the area. Try to find herbal cleaners based on orange, lemon, mint, or pine. Now is also a good time to repaint a pentacle, build a new altar, dig a firepit, or start other projects. Decorate with live or silk herbs of purification such as bay, juniper, pennyroyal, sage and yarrow.
For personal cleansing, take a bath or sauna before the main ritual. Rosemary, thyme, juniper, and othe herbs may be sealed in a tea ball for bathtub use. Grapefruit, lavender and lime are popular in purifying soaps. Bath oil or lotion for afterward may use some of the same ingrediants.
Large balefires are not necessary. Two small fires (or even torches) will suffice. Lead a line dance between them for protection. You can also carry a torch, or a lit candle, around a house to ward your covensted.”
Copyright Elizabeth Barrette Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2014 Page 63