Beltane blessings from Coven Life
This evening in the Northern Hemisphere celebrating Samhain your ritual was written by Coven Life and Witches of The Craft High Priestess Lady Beltane who will also lead it.
This morning in the Southern Hemisphere celebrating Beltane your ritual was written by High Priestess Beth of Guild of the Gods located in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. She will also be leading your ritual.
Everyone is welcomed to do both the Samhain and Beltane rituals no matter which hemisphere you live in. As the Beltane ritual uses planting of seeds for part of it those in the Northern Hemisphere might want to empower the package of seeds write down the goals and then plant them in the spring and carry on with the rest of the ritual then.
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Paper and Pen
May what you sew this spring bring you a bountiful haevest in the fall.
May you treat the Fea Folk everywhere with honor and respect otherwise you may find your house a wreck or have things like your car keys disappear.
For extra information about Beltane visit our sister site witchesofthecraft.com
This month’s Northern Hemisphere was written by and will be led by Lady Beltane. The Southern Hemisphere was written and will be led by Priestess Hypatia. The calling of the Watchtowers will be done by both. The circles will be cast at the same time for each hemisphere by the Elder that is leading it.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Social hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM Central Time
Sacred Circle cast at 7:00 PM Central Time
Beltane or May Day – Is the Sabbat that celebrates fertility. We will be honoring Beltane/Beltain/Beltaine the May Queen, a.k.a. Queen of the Fairies, to bless our gardens of all kinds be they vegetable, flower, herb or a seed we plant within our spirit to help us grow as a person and witch. The Fea Folk take the essences of the food and drinks offered to them they do not have need of the physical item as they can recreate it from the essences when they have a use for it.
Samhain – As the third and final harvest. This Sabbat heralds the commencement of the dark winter half of the year. Traditionally the veil between the spirit and physical realm is thin. This is the time the Dark Mother (Crone) and Father (Her aged Consort) are paid due respect A candle is often placed in the window to assist the ancestors to find their way home and offerings of food left at the altar and the doorstep for the wandering spirits. With the coming of darkness, nothing is what is seems, therefore for your own protection, a concentrated circle should always be performed prior to performing any ritual.
1 part Dittany (oregano from Crete that is thought to be highly protective)
½ part Pine
1 part Sandalwood
¼ part Patchouli
¼ part Benzoin Resin
Few drops of Pine oil
P.s- please feel free to be creative with whatever ingredients you have available.
Burn your incense on charcoal if you choose.
Burn this before, during and after the ritual if you choose.
Any type of bell – the louder the better
A Small Glass – Glass
1 ounce Warm Milk
1 small pad Melted Butter
1 teaspoon of Honey – if you have a beekeeper close by asking them or use are honey if possible
Mix in either one or all of these spices 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger or 2-3 thin slices of fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 3 whole cloves Oh can also set these spices on the treat/offering plate separately
What You Will Need in the Southern Hemisphere
Lady Beltane: We call Earth into the watchtower of the North to help to remember to always stay grounded.
Priestess Hypatia: We call Air into the watchtower of the East to help us keep an open mind when exploring and learning about different paths of witchcraft.
Lady Beltane: We call Water into the watchtower of the West to help to put us in someone else shoes to see things from their point of few when we are angry about something they had said or done to us.
Priestess Hypatia: We call Fire to the watchtower of the South to remind us to always keep kindness burning in our mind, heart, and spirit towards others in our minds.
Lady Beltane – Nothern Hemisphere: (Each time starting in the East) I walk this circle with Beltane the May Queen/Queen of the Fairies three times. First to close it with Fire that any negative thing will be burned up before it can harm those in this circle/ Second to close it with Air to blow away anything Fire has burned. Third to close it with Water so Fire cannot make it to hot in our circle. (Standing between the circle and altar facing North) Next, I lay my hands flat on the floor then stand slowly while slowing turning clockwise bring my hands to waist level – I call on Earth to protect us from below. Lastly, I raise my arms over my head and walk clockwise while bring them down to meet Earth at waist level – I call upon Spirit to protect us from above.
Priestess Hypatia – Southern Hemisphere: Cast your circle and build up your energy of protection around you, begin to burn your Samhain Incense Invocation of the God and Goddess by saying:
‘As the veil between the two worlds thins, I ask for your blessing Dark Mother and Dark Father,
I greet those who have gone before me, my ancestors and loved ones.
May the circle only be entered by those who wish me well.
We greet all those departed before us and who are free of all Earthly ties.”
EVERYONE: Please type in your first or pagan name and what country or state you are from. DO NOT include your towns name, please.
In your small glass mix together the milk, honey, spices, and melted butter. Now while ring your bell why you say:
We invite the Fea Folk into our yards and gardens to help our, plants and trees to grow.
To the Fea Folk that only have mischief on their minds, you are not welcome on my property or in my vegetable and/or flower pots.
We honor you Queen with this offering of milk, honey, butter and spices she enjoys as a sign of good faith that we will treat her people with respect and supply them with an offering every month that we have given to you, Your Highness.
Stop ring your bell for now. When you take the offering outside for the Fairy Queen after our circle has opened then ring the bell three times three waiting about 10 seconds in between the sets of three rings. Slowly pour the mixture under the tallest tree in your yard so that the last drop comes out on the last ring of the bell (the 9th ring). Every month when you take the offering out to the Fea Folk that are helping you ring your bell in the same way as you did to signal the Queen.
This is the time to spend a few moments thinking of your loved ones.
“We thank you for your presence here tonight”
Next- Light the God candle
“This candle symbolizes the Sun Lord- its passing and quenching. Tonight it is the wheel of the year turning allowing all you dead souls to walk amongst the living. We are grateful as we pass through and into the shadow of darkness. In honor of the Gods and Goddesses, we thank you for your glorious gifts received from the summertime. As the Lord of the Sun moves from us and as the wheel turns, so it will turn again until the Sun rises from the moon.”
Wait for 2 minutes contemplating the prayer and blow out the black God candle. Do not light the God candle until Yule.
Now acknowledge the Crone aspect of the Goddess and say:
“Oh, Great Goddess of both wisdom and magick speak to us of your power and wisdom. We thank you and acknowledge your gifts of the decreasing moon and the glorious stars. They will be used wisely. Grant us your energy and force so that our spells, rituals and divinations will be enthused. Understand great Goddess that they shall bring no harm to your creatures.”
Dismiss the spirits and ancestors by saying: “Go in peace and aid us as we look beyond the long dark days.”
Afterward: Use your divination tools to gain perspective for the coming months, hold a simple feat, close the scared circle and finally bury the offerings in the earth and leave a plate of food for the wandering spirits.
Dismissing the Watchtowers
Northern also Dismissing Spirit and Earth
Opening the Circles
Lady Beltane – Final Blessing – We go in peace and harmony, though the circle is open our coven shall never be broken. Blessing of good fortune my dear Brothers and Sisters
The rituals this evening were written by Lady Beltane and Priestess Hypatia. Lady Beltane will be leading the one for the Northern Hemisphere and Priestess Hypatia will be leading the one for the Southern Hemisphere. We ask that no matter which hemisphere you live in on Mother Earth that you attend for the entire ritual from the time the circle is cast until it is closed.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018
SOCIAL HOUR IS FROM 6:00 TO 7:00 PM CT (We are still on Daylight Savings time in the USA)
The Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT (Again please use the link to convert to your local time.)
Please remember not to enter the chat room after the circle has been cast because that will break the protection the circle,
Our ritual this evening is for honoring 1 ancestor because of how long the coven’s ritual is incorporating both halves of Mother Earth. You can do this ritual alone any time of day on Samhain using 1 birthday cake size candle for each ancestor you would like to visit with or just invite into your home for a specific amount of time. Usually, the amount of time is however long the candle is burning for ancestors you want to feel or see or hear from again. For ancestors, you wish to stay around longer use a larger candle. The spell we chant during the ritual asks for a specific name if you are going to be inviting in a few or a lot of ancestors you only name to put their names in the spell the last time you chant it as you say the person’s name light a candle for them. I use a pie pan with about 3/4-inch of sand or dirt (that I have put into a ziplock type bad and crushed with either my rolling pin or a meat tenderizing mallet until it is fine like sand is. Either will hold the candle(s) upright and help even out the heat when the candles have burned down even with the sand or dirt. Make sure to put whatever you use to hold more than one or two birthday cake candles on some type of trivet or hot pan holder so the item holding the candles does not directly touch the surface wherever you have them burning.
1 Birthday Cake Candle (The straight about 2-inch long kind, color does not matter)
Heatproof container with sand or dirt in it that you can hold (You will be putting the birthday cake candle in this)
2 Black 4 inch candles or 2 4 white candles turn upside down or colored black with a magic marker
2 Candle Holders for 4 inch candles
Lighter or Matches
A Place to do the ritual where you can SAFELY set the 4-inch candles on the floor at least 4 feet apart or more so you can safely walk through them.
Something to sit on either on the floor or a chair if getting up off the floor is difficult for you
A medium to a large container of water or a fire extinguisher close enough to grab if a candle falls over (We always want everyone to keep safety in mind when using things that are burning – candle, incenses, paper, etc.)
This is a wonderful time to help bring your dreams, aspirations and hopes to manifestation. This will be done by putting together a charm box that will be planted in the garden or wherever you feel drawn to.
· A small – medium shallow box- you choose the size. Remember the bigger the box the more you will be filling it. Try and keep it reasonable by using the Goldilocks hypotheses- not too big, and not too small, just right. Some even use shoe boxes. If you don’t have a garden you may want to make a mini wish pot to keep in your garden. The idea is the same.
· Seeds- some suggestions could be sunflower, poppy etc……
· Rose petals
· Fresh earth- soil in a container.
· NOTE: please place some rose petals and seeds aside to sprinkle on top of box before you plant it.
· Coloured markers or pens, crayons etc….. Anything that you could draw and write with.
· Your symbol that represents your wish. Please see Suggested symbols for your wish box below.
· Draw on the box whatever you feel will assist in manifesting your wish, it can include the Triple Moon Goddess, a heart, a pentacle, spirals representing the Goddess and Horns representing the God or whatever you feel drawn to. This is your WISH.
Suggested Symbols For Your Wish Box:
Love & Marriage – gingerbread
New Job – copper coin
Abundance – silver coin
Difficult Task – glove
Hearth & Home – thimble
Seeking the Truth – sprig of rosemary
Health, Healing, Renewed Strength – blue & green ribbon entwined
Happiness, Good Luck – cinnamon stickSeeking Knowledge – apple
To Find A Lost Item – feather
Protection – key (an old iron key is best if you have one)
Planting the wish Box:
· Give the earth a water the night before or wait for a couple of days if rain is due.
· Dig a hole 2 inches deep and place your Beltane Wish Box
· Carefully concentrate in your wish and visualize it coming to fruition.
· Imagine your wish growing with flowers and reaching the sky as you covert with earth.
· As you plant the box please say: “Dream that lies within the earth awaken now. Hope that sleeps awaken now. The stars await as so do I. Grow true, grow strong, toward the sky.”
LADY BELTANE: I cast this circle around Mother Earth from north to south and east to west from above us to below us to keep us safe from anyone or thing they may try to harm us while we are doing our rituals
EVERYONE: Type in So mote it be. Also, your first name and what country or state you live in (no names of cities please)
Samhain ritual to honor an ancestor (We will be allowing 5 to 6 minutes for this part of our circle this evening. Try to set up your candles and where you will be sitting ahead of us starting the ritual so you will have more time to visit with your blood ancestor)
EVERYONE: Set your two 4-inch candles safely on the floor wide enough apart so you can walk through them without knocking them over. (I suggest at least 4 feet apart or more). You will be walking north to south so place whatever you will be sitting on to the south of the 4-inch candles at least 3 feet away from them or further so they are not accidentally knocked over when you get up the seated position.
Light to 4-inch candles. Deep 3 very deep cleansing breath and letting each out slowly calming your mind and spirit Now walk through the space between the 4-inch candles imagine you are crossing through the veil between our physical plane and the spiritual plane. Bring the birthday cake candle in its holder with you. Sit down comfortably and then light the birthday candle while chanting this spell three times:
Blood to blood (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) I call to thee
Blood to blood (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) I honor thee
Blood to blood (NAME OF PERSON YOU WANT TO VISIT WITH) come to me
After you are through chanting the spell sit talking with or feeling your ancestor until your candle has burned out visiting with your ancestor.
When your birthday candle has burned down to the level of sand or dirt blow it out and type in: the First name of the person you were visiting with and Thank you for honoring me by coming please return to where you were. So mote it be.
Now stand up and walk back through the 4-inch candles from the spirit plane to our physical plane. Blow the candle out then say: I close this passage between the physical and spiritual planes.
Beginning the Beltane ritual with an observance:
PRIESTESS HYPATIA: Beltane is here and we welcome this time of fertility, joy, happiness, growth and manifestation. This is a time of Union of the Great God and Goddess. We greet this season of fire with passion and love with loving hearts and open arms. Let us come together to create life and honour this blessed union between the feminine and the masculine form which all life flows from.
As the Earth grows and creates life, so to we shall grow and create life.
EVERYONE: So mote it be!
Now the Instructions for the Wish Box:
· Take the piece of paper and with the pen write down your wish. Type done when you are finished.
· If you feel drawn to do so, decorate the box with your chosen symbols. Type done when you are finished.
· Poke holes in the box lid to help the wish seeds to grow. Type done when you have finished.
· Sprinkle some earth into the bottom of your box to make a shallow bed of earth. This is to scatter your seeds on. Type done when you have finished.
· Place in the box your paper wish that you have written and your symbol for your wish.
· Sprinkle this with more earth. Type done when you have finished.
· Then sprinkle the seeds and the rose petals on top of the earth inside the box.
· Cover the final layer with earth. Type done when you have finished.
· Place the lid on the box, have it ready to plant the box when you feel it is the right time over the next couple of days. Type done when you have finished.
· Keep the rose petal and seed mix to scatter on the box before burying it.
EVERYONE Finish of by saying:
On this scared blessed day, we thank you, Great Mother and Father, for all that you have given and will continue to give. You who make all of life anew and joyous with your sacred union. May you continue to bring magic and laughter into our lives.
Ancient ones I celebrate with you….
So mote it be!
LADY BELTANE: I close this circle from below to above us. I close this circle from west to east. I close this circle from south to north. May you go in peace, harmony, and love until we meet again the circle is closed but never broken. Blessed be dear brothers and sisters.
RITUAL TO IS OVER NOW TO CELEBRATE SAMHAIN AND BELTANE RISE YOUR GLASS HIGH AND SALUTE OUR GODS AND GODDESSES. Please stay to visit, ask questions, or just hang out for as long as you would like to.
There are certain sabbats on the calendar that are just bigger than the rest. Obviously Samhain is one of those. For many Pagans it’s the annual “reset” button, and its associations with death and the final harvest give it an extra degree of gravitas that most sabbats just don’t have. Add in its overlap with the secular Halloween and you’ve got the makings of very big holiday. The other “big” sabbat is generally Beltane for a variety of reasons. In colder climes it’s a “coming out” party, plus there are all the goings on about new life, the first planting, and of course sex. Sex is always a big seller.
Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But most traditional activities for Beltane are designed for either large groups or for couples (and straight couples at that). In 2014 and 2015 I wrote a series of rituals for those working alone on the Wheel of the Year. Every year they’re near the top of the list of most popular posts – especially the Beltane ritual.
But what if you’d like to celebrate Beltane with something other than a ritual? Maybe you’re part of a group that holds its rituals on the Saturday nearest the holiday and you don’t want to do a second ritual. Or maybe you’re just feel the need to do something other than a ritual this time.
It is during this time of year that the green magician and herbalist begin laying the sacred plot of the apothecary garden, awakening sleeping roots with offerings of milk and honey and collecting the early blossoms and buds of springtime for the altar and the creation of lustral waters. This year it has stayed cold longer than it normally does, making it feel more like winter than spring. Although the signs of the coming summer are beginning to make themselves known. There are many things to be done both indoors and outdoors to prepare for the growing season.
Most Pagans coincide with the seasons. While October the 31st is Samhain in the Northern hemisphere, it is time to celebrate the coming of summer and the Great Rite here in the Southern Hemisphere. Feasting and celebrations give opening to this wonderful festival of fertility. Our spring carnival (Melbourne Cup) held on the first Tuesday of November showcases some of the most beautiful rose gardens that Melbourne has to offer.
Below is a link of the Pagan Festivals and their locations held Australia wide for those interested.
Another link below identifies the Southern Hemisphere dates.
In the beginning it all seemed a little confusing, however as I become more and more in tune to the rhythms of Mother Nature I allowed myself to listen while she spoke to me. Now I wait and listen for her call. She will let me know when and where. There is only one rule and that is her rule, as without this rhythm that she has gifted us, all would cease to exist.
Blessings to the Earth Mother, The Great Goddess of Fertility and the union that she has with The God, as without either we would be nothing.
Many Blessings to all
This is an interesting article that was written in October 2016. It gives tips and some insight into both holidays.
Please click on this link to read it: Beltane and Samhain