“Beltane – Love in Abundance”
“Beltane falls on the first day of May. Some folks celebrate on May Eve with a bonfire, which is fitting since Beltane is a fire festival derived from a word for “bright fire.” Others observe the holiday at noon, with the spring-time sun serving as fire.
Beltane can be a boisterous and bawdy holiday since it focuses on abundance, fertility, and love. The God and Goddess, who are at the height of their power and vigor, join together in passion to bring life back to earth. Pagans often celebrate with feasting, a dance around the Maypole, and all acts sensual and sexual.
But Beltane isn’t just about lust and romance – it also celebrates abundance, growth, and increase. If you need to bring more of anything into your life – money, love, health – this is a good time to do that type of magickal work. It is also a good time to show love for your significant other, family, friends, pets, or even our Mother, the Earth.
Instead of a Maypole, try using a May bush. (Plant a new ooon or use as exisiting bush or potted plant.) Tie ribbons on to it to symbolize the things you wish to increase in your life and dance with joy, your heart filled with love.”
Copyright Deborah Blake Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2015 Page 61
“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
“The lusty celebration of Beltane is upon us! Gardens bloom and wild places are leafy and green. Weather is mild and thoughts turn to passion. In garden folklore, any blue flower – violets, periwinkles, soft bluish-purple tulips, and early hydrangeas – is sacred to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. This Beltane, work with her to send a little passion and romance your way. Remember, Aphrodite does not bring lasting love into your life…she brings attraction, romance, passion, and physical love. This is great for established partners to spice things up or singles looking for a new someone for romance, To work with Aphrodite’s energy, gather a few blue flowers from the garden and tie them with a satin ribbon. Slip the flowers in a water-filled vessel and offer them to Aphrodite along with a spell verse for Beltane.
On the feast of Beltane, I’ll try a little something new,
I request Aphrodite’s blessings with flowers of blue.
Passion and fun, you will surely bring to my life,’May I be Blessed with magick and romance on this night.“
CopyrightEllen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2013 Page 63
“The Feast of Beltane marks the beginning of the bright half of the year. At this time, the herds and flocks are moved from the village up into the hills and mountains, where they will have fresh grazing all summer long. It was a time to celebrate and to preserve the abundance and fertility of earth and its creatures.
Huge bonfires were created from nine types of wood, and the animals were run between the two fires to protect them. People also passed between the fires – some even jumped over the Beltane fires – for protection and good fortune. Wildflowers, especially yellow ones, were gathered and brought into the home. Healing plants picked at dawn on Beltane were believed to have great power.
On Beltane, light two candles – yellow, white, or green – and place them on two separate tables or altars. Decorate the altars with freshly gathered spring flowers and place a plate of sacred cakes nearby for the gods and goddesses. Circle the table three times, sunwise, thanking the gods for their blessings and abundance. Then walk between the candle for protection and good fortune to ensure your prayers are received by the Acient Ones.”
Copyright Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2012 Page63
“Finally, the last of the snow has cleared, you’ve got some good weather to put your plant sprouts in the ground, and the extra sunlight has got you feeling good.
It’s time to celebrate. Not only have you survived winter, you have many months of warm weather, green growth, and sensual pleasure to enjoy. Make the most of it by having a bonfire and inviting your honey or someone you are interested in romantically. With the crackling fire and the first stirrings of summer breezes, see what stirs inside you and do what comes naturally. If it’s a party for two, have a little-unscented massage oil nearby. If it’s a larger party, use this time to tell stories and insprie each other to begin new projects in the coming season. If you don’t have a lover or prospective interest, this is also a time to bring out a creative project – have your favorite art-making tools on hand to create as you sit fireside. To help passion along, add a few chips of cedar wood and sandalwood to the flames. Inhale the heady scent, and pour a little honey into the flames as well – ask for the season ahead to be filled with sweetness and passion, and then pursue some passion of your own.’
Coyright Diana Rajchel Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2011 Page 63
“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