“Beltane is the holiday of passion and purification. The heat of creation runs hot in the blood. It manifests in personal relationships, in the earth bursting forth with the fullness of its growth, and in creativity.
One tradition is to jump over the Beltane fire for purification. In outdoor urban rituals over the years, where its been impossible to creat a traditional, large bonfire, we ‘ve jumped the sacred grill. Take a small, tabletop grill and fire it up. Muke sure the coals are glowing, but there’s not a large flame. Toss some sacred herbs into the flames, such as sage, rosemary, cedar, etc. Place the grill on the ground within the sacred space, bless and consecrate it, and have the ritual participants carefully jump the Sacred Grill! The veil is almost as thin at Beltane as it is on Samhain. This is another good night to speak with the dead and perform acts of divination.
Sometimes singles feel depressed or excluded on Beltane because the focus is on passion, fertility, and couples. However, you can also be passionate about friends, family, one’s vocation, art, the condition of the world. Focus on that passion and send it forth to make the world a better place.”
Copyright Cerridwen Iris She Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Page 61
“Bring out your Sun jewelry, sparkling citrines, amber, and tiger’s eye; the light is still increasing and the earth and its water are teeming with new life. Driving the maypole into the earth replicates the ancients seeding the earth with Hermes stones for fertility. Its height signifies the union of sky and earth, and the dancing helps energize the earth. The wreath slides down the pole as the ribbons are woven – sympathetic magic at its most potent.
The Druid goddess for this important festival day is wise Sulis, who lived in the sacred grove at the Celtic hot springs at Bath, England. When the Romans moved into Britain, they built magnificent buildings to utilize the healing hot baths,. They blended their own goddess of wisdom, Minerva, with the Celtics, Sulis, a Sun goddess of healing and sacred waters. The temple and baths of the Goddess Sulis Minerva are still open.
Walk the bounds of your land; visit a nearby sacred site; leave ribbons at your town spring; weave intentions into a rown wreath for your door to protect your household. Jump over the fire for protection and purification.”
Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009 Page 63
“Beltane is the sensual Pagan festival of fire and fertility, and is also know as May Day –when we dance around the omnipotent phallic symbol, the maypole. The red and white ribbons woven around the maypole represent blood and semen; the sacred fusion of female and male energies that are the creative life force.
Capture the essence of this potent fertility celebration by weaving or plaiting red and white cord or ribbon. Leave some loose, unplaited at the end to cut later. Wear your woven cord as a headdress, or place onto your altar in a heart shape. Head wreaths were traditionally worn at Beltane to honor the Queen of May.
If you are single, to attract a partner, grab a red pen and a piece of white paper and the qualities you admire in a lover. If you are in a relationship, list what you enjoy about your partner, plus a few traits you may wish to nuture. Then add what you love about yourself. Roll up the piece of paper and tie with the leftover red and white ribbon. Place it under your pillow as you sleep tonight, thinking the joy your partner, or potential partner, will bring. When you awake, store the scroll of paper in a safe place.”
Copyright Emely Flak Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook Page 63
Beltane Customs and Folklore [Part 2]
There are a lot of myths and folklore surrounding May Day, or Beltane. Learn about some of the stories about this magical, mystical spring Sabbat! More »
By Patti Wigington
“Bonfires, maypoles, and Morris Dancers all celebrate the awaking of the Earth. In ancient times, there was fear that the Earth would continue to slumber and remain fallow unless awoken at the FIre Festival BEltane.
Morris Dancers woke the Earth from its winter sleep by rhytmically knocking wooden staves on the ground as they danced to summon the return of bountiful crops.
Beltane is when the cares and fears of winter are sloughed off, giving way to youthful exuberance, playfulness, and sexuality. Peopepl exuberantly dance around maypoles in a symbolic representation of the union between the Goddess and the God, creating a circle of abundance. COrn dollies made from the last sheaves of the previous year’s crop are planted with the first seeds sowen.
Many bonfires are lit, often in pairs. Both human and animals pass between two bonfires. Couples often jump over the flames to bless their union and ensure fertility, good fortune, and blessings of the Goddess and the God.”
Copyright Abby Willowroot Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2007 Page 63
“Got the urge to grow your very own Witch’s garden? Beltane is a great time of the year to start your herbal magic off with a real kick. Gather your plants, seeds, and gardening supplies, and bless the plants for luxuriant growth, gorgeous blooms, and healthy foliage.
This charm will work for any size or style of garden. Sit or stand within the garden, or next to the new flowers and plants. Then hold your hands out, palms turned up, and repeat the charm. Call on the Lord and the LAdy to assit you. At this time of year their passionate energy will flow into all living things.
If you plant your herbs and flowers at the start of May,
Then whisper this Graden Witch’s charm on Beltane Day,
“I enachant these green plants for power, and magic true,
Lord and LAdy bless my herb craft, and all that I do.”
After the charm is complete, turn your hands over and visualize all that magic flowing from your hands and into the garden plants. Happy magical gardening!”
Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches” Datebook 2006 Page 65
Things to do and Altar Ideas
When Beltane comes so do wildlowers and other early spring blooming flowers. These are great to use to decorte your altar and/or make a wreath to wear on your head or hang on your front door.
Use a brightly colored cloth for your altar.
This is also a great time to use a bird’s nest if you have one to represent Mother Earth. You can also use a bird’s egg shell. I look on the ground close to trees I have seen bird’s nesting in and can usually find at least one partial egg shell. I take it home and very carefully paint a light coat of clear drying glue on one side let it dry throughly and the do the other side. This makes the shell a little less fragile.
On Beltane I use sea shells for Water, feathers for Air, fresh dirt from one of my gardens for Earth and a bright yellow candle for Fire. If it is warm enough I have all my windows open to air out the house from winter while I do my Beltane ritual.
I also do an energy cleansing of my home. To do this Ask FIre to burn off all the negativie energy in the home. THe ask Air to blow all the ashes out the windowns. I then ask Earth to bring in grounding and nurturing and Water to bring in love, peace and harmony.
This is the day for blessing your gardens to ask Mother Earth, Ra (a Sun God) and all the elements to help bless your garden so it has a bountiful harvest during the summer and early fall. (To find the garden blessing I use type in the word “Garden” into the search box on this sites Home Page)
When evening comes I prepare a special dinner for my husband and I by candle light (red candles help fire up passion). He bring me my favorite type of cake for my birthday. We then spend the rest of the evening with each other, cell phones and computers turned off, watching a good movie and then….
What do you do for Beltane?