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Beltane Ritual 2014 [Coven]

Beltane is one of my favorite holidays, but I don’t like writing rituals for it. Usually my Beltane rituals tend to revolve around the transition from young person to adult (Maiden to Mother, Goatboy to Horned God) but I wanted to go in a different direction this time around. We often throw around the phrase “Nature Religion” in relation to Modern Paganism. With my state in the middle of a pretty severe draught I thought Beltane provided a great opportunity for reminding those I ritual with of our responsibilities to our Mother. The only thing this ritual requires apart from the usual altar tools are a burnable “Wicker Man” (you can use a piñata here if you lack craft skills, it’s what I’m going to do), some pens, and some paper.

If you don’t like this ritual and are searching for one, you can always click on last year’s too. Happy Beltane to you and yours!

Everyone prepares for ritual differently. In my circle we perform a ceremonial hand-washing. Some groups prefer to use incense, smudge, salted water, etc etc. I could share exactly what I do here but then I’d have to swear you to secrecy, and that sounds like too much work.

Opening Meditation/Chant
It’s important to get yourself in the right head space for ritual. Some groups like to use a guided meditation “your feet are the like the roots of a tree . . .” others chant and sing. It probably depends on how good the singing is in your particular group.

Statement of Intent
High Priestess: Of all the sabbats, Beltane is the most joy-filled. The last lingering traces of Winter are now past, and what stands before us is the beauty and wonder of Spring and the Summertime. Our world is truly a miracle, a gift from our Lord and Lady. Tonight we celebrate that gift, the bonds that unite us in this coven, and look inward to see how we can better serve the Earth who is our Mother. Hail the May! Hail Beltane!

Casting the Circle
“I conjure thee oh circle of power, that thou may be a meeting place of love and joy and truth and as a shield against all wickedness and evil. Thou art a boundary between the world of mortals and the realms of the mighty ones; and an entry way to the realm of spirit. Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and the Lady. The circle is cast, so mote it be!”

Calling the Watchtowers

East: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Powers of Air; Spirits of Clear Will and Knowledge, I do summon, stir, and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard our Circle.

(invoking pentagram is drawn)

Hail and welcome.”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and welcome.”)

South: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Powers of Fire; Spirits of Illumination and Desire, I do summon, stir, and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard our Circle.

(invoking pentagram is drawn)

Hail and welcome.”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and welcome.”)

West: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Powers of Water; Spirits of Death and Initiation, I do summon, stir, and call you up to witness our rites and to guard our Circle.

(invoking pentagram is drawn)

Hail and welcome.”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and welcome.”)

North: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Powers of Earth, Spirits of Mountains and Plains, I do summon, stir, and call you up to witness our rites and to guard our Circle.

(invoking pentagram is drawn)

Hail and welcome.”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and welcome.”)

Call to the God
High Priest: “Tonight we call to the Lord of the Earth, the Green Man, Jack in the Green, he who is the God of the green growing places and the flowering trees. Join us on this most sacred night as we celebrate you and your Lady at the height of your regenerative powers. The Earth is lush and full of life and all due to your union with The Lady. From above you shine upon as the sun bringing forth life from the soil, from below you are the roots that reach deep into the earth! Be with us as we celebrate your gifts this night of Beltane. Hail and welcome!

Call to the Goddess
High Priestess: “Tonight we call to the Great Goddess, she who is Maiden, Mother, Crone, moon, and womb! Be a part of our circle this night as we celebrate the coupling of you and your lover. It’s the power of your union that makes the roses bloom, the birds sing, and fills the world with love and light. With every step you take as the Maiden you awaken the Earth and the life within it, and as the Mother your touch stirs all with longing and sweet anticipation. Where grail and lance unite worlds are born, and due to your grace our world is born anew this night of Beltane. Hail and welcome!

Charge of the God
Not surprisingly my coven uses the best Charge of the God ever written, mine. Opinions on “best ever” will most certainly differ.

Charge of the Goddess
My coven uses a modified version of Doreen Valiente’s prose Charge of the Goddess. One day I might share our slightly modified version, but copyright concerns keep me from doing so.

The Wicker Man Offering
(I recently got around to watching The Wicker Man and took a wee bit of inspiration from it. No, I’m not going to be roasting my neighbors, but I am going to use Beltane in order to make an offering to the gods . . . . .)

High Priest: “The gods have blessed the Earth this Beltane. The grass is green, the trees are in bloom, and the scents of jasmine and rose fill the air. The Lord and Lady have been good to us. She who is the Earth has also been good to us. There’s an old chant that says ‘The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of her,’ and that’s never been more true than it is today. Climate change, drought, polar vortexes, oil pipelines, there are people who would make our world sick and don’t care a bit about it. There’s no way tonight that we can cure the planet with a song or a spell, but we can promise to make the small changes in our own lives that make the Earth a better place. Before beginning the revelries of Beltane, I ask you to give something of yourself to our Mother. Take a moment to think of how you can be a better steward of the Earth and what steps you can take in order to do that.”

High Priestess: “Tonight’s magic might seem small, but when thousands of people pledge to make things better their small steps become giant leaps for humankind. When you’ve thought about what you want to give back to the Earth this Beltane step forward and write that thing down and share it in our Wicker Man. At the conclusion of tonight’s ritual we will burn our offering as a gift to the gods and this earth that walk upon. The Lord and Lady will receive our pledges, and when we put those thoughts into action we not only give a gift to the Great Mother, but to the future generations that will walk upon Her.”

(There are all sorts of things we can do on a daily basis to help our world. All this working asks for is small things, but hey, if someone wants to do something big even better! Here’s a good place to look for getting started with the little stuff. When everyone is done with their pledge the ritual continues . . . )

High Priestess: “Tonight we will charge our Wicker Man with joy, happiness, and the pleasures of the Springtime. As we dance and sing the summer in tonight I want you to think about all the little joys this time of year brings into your life. Those joys could be baseball, a glass of wine outside, picnics in the park, trips to the beach, concerts under the stars, whatever it is about the next few months that brings you happiness. Now we chant! We dance! We drum! We welcome the Summer in!”

(Everyone should hold hands and begin dancing around the altar and the Wicker Man there. A Spiral Dance is more than appropriate if that is something your group does. For music I’m’ using Oak & Ash & Thorn because it’s traditional and most everyone knows the words. I’m very partial to the Coyote Run version because it’s just full of energy. You may want to dance longer too, so don’t be afraid to add a few more songs!)

High Priestess: “Our Wicker Man is now charged with the power and magic of the Summer to come! We offer him as a sacrifice to the gods and this Earth. May our Summer be good, and our existence on this Earth do far more good than harm. The Summer is here! Hail the Mother! So mote it be!

(If your ritual is outside throw your Wicker Man into the fire now, or if you are like me and celebrate indoors delay the “offering” until later.)

May Day Games
(It’s traditional to play games on May Day, and it’s something we do in my coven, but those games are secret and can’t be shared. Make up your own or poke around the internet and find one or two. Beltane is very much for the celebrating so make sure to put some fun into your ritual. If you are planning a Maypole Dance for your ritual this would be the place to put it.)

The Great Rite
High Priest: “Life is more than a gift, it is a promise. All that dies shall be reborn.”

High Priestess: “We now celebrate the most ancient of magicks, the magick of joining.”

High Priest: “The athame is to the Lord.”

High Priestess: “As the cup is the Lady.”

Both: “United in life and abundance. Blessed Be!”

(Athame is plunged into the chalice.)

Blessing the Cakes & Ale

High Priest: “In the names of the Lord and Lady we bless this bread.”
(Touches athame to either the bread or the plate it is being served upon.)

High Priestess: “In the names of the Lord and Lady we bless this drink.”
(Touches athame to the top of the cup. The drink is then passed around first with the bread following.)

Goodbyes to the Lord and Lady
High Priestess: “As the moon rises and the sun sinks into the dark we stop to thank the Great Goddess for being with us at our ritual this night. We celebrate your transition from Maiden to Woman and are thankful for the gifts that you bring us. We have celebrated the start of Summer tonight and will remember our promises to the Great Mother. Hail the Lady! Blessed Be!

High Priest: “We thank the Great God, Lord of the Wild Places, for joining us tonight in our rites. We feel your touch with our every step upon this world, and with love and devotion we walk this road with you. Like you we pledge to continue and try make this world a better place. Hail the Lord! Blessed Be!”

Dismissing the Watchtowers
North: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Powers of Earth, Spirits of Mountain and Plains, you have joined us in our rites and have guarded our circle well. We thank you for joining us this blessed night.

(banishing pentagram is drawn)

Hail and farewell!”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and farewell.”)

West: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Powers of Water; Spirits of Death and Initiation, you have joined us in our rites and have guarded our circle well. We thank you for joining us this blessed night.

(banishing pentagram is drawn)

Hail and farewell!”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and farewell.”)

South: “Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Powers of Fire; Spirits of Illumination and Desire, you have joined us in our rites and have guarded our circle well. We thank you for joining us this blessed night.

(banishing pentagram is drawn)

Hail and farewell!”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and farewell.”)

East: Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Powers of Air; Spirits of Clear Will and Knowledge, you have joined us in our rites and have guarded our circle well. We thank you for joining us this blessed night.

(banishing pentagram is drawn)

Hail and farewell!”
(Coveners repeat “Hail and farewell.”)

Taking Down the Circle
“I conjured thee oh circle of power as a meeting place to shield us against all wickedness and evil. Thou has served us well, and now we undo this boundary between the world of mortal and those of the mighty ones. We seal forth the entry way from the realm of spirit. All will now be as it once was, and what was once here has been dismissed in the names of the Lord and the Lady.
So mote it be!”

Closing Statement
High Priestess: “We have danced and sung the Summer in. We now go from this place with love and hope in our hearts and with promises to keep. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again, and may the Gods preserve the Craft!”

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Handfasting, Beltane and The Great Rite

Beltane Wedding

The Great Rite can be a magickal sexual ritual done on Beltane by either a private couple or in some covens (none of mine) the High Priest and High Priestess take on the roles of God and Goddess and fulfill the Great Rite. The Great Rite is a sexual act to ensure the fertility of the crops. In some cases if the woman involved got pregnant there would be even more celebration as it was believed by many that this would ensure an extra bountiful crop, more livestock babies and an all around better harvest.

In covens where the Rite is done it is usually performed during the Beltane coven gathering in the circle as part of their ritual. Even in our “modern society” this is one of the things people use to stereotype us and to call us heathens and/or Satan worshipers because of a lack of understanding of what it is really for.

If you are Handfasted on Beltane  or Beltane eve you can set up the elements in the proper locations around your marriage bed and when you go to it your act of making love will also be the Great Rite and is said by many to help ensure a fruitful marriage in many ways. Just don’t be surprised if you have a new family member the following Janurary :-)

Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

Solitary Beltane Ritual

Solitary Beltane Ritual

Items Needed:

One tall Green candle (for God)

One tall White candle (for Goddess)

4 corner candles

Cauldron for Balefire (if performed outdoors, make a Bonfire)

Ritual candles – different shades of green

Rose incense to burn with sage in cauldron

 cup of water

 bowl of salt

chalice of wine or juice


Athame (for The Great Rite) and/or wand

Spring and Summer flowers to decorate altar (optional)


(Cast circle and call the corners then light the incense)

INVOCATION OF THE GOD: (light  tall Green candle)

“I now do call upon the eternal God in the ancient way, as Young Lord and Oak King – Horned One of the Forests. I bid Ye welcome and ask Thee to come forth and join Thy Lady Goddess in the Holy Rite of Sacred Union. As it is willed, so mote it be!”

INVOCATION OF THE GODDESS: (light tall White candle)

“I now do call upon the eternal Goddess in the ancient way, as Lovely Maiden, Mother and Crone – Three-fold Goddess be. I bid Ye welcome and ask Thee to come forth and join Thy Lord God in the Holy Rite of Sacred Union. As it is willed, so mote it be!”

“Blessed be this day of Beltane,

 Wedding day of the Goddess and God;

 Holy day of sacred marriage,

 Holy night of sacred union.”

Light the surrounding green rituals candles and say –

“Tonight  I celebrate the union of our Mother Earth to Her consort, our Father God, the Green Man and Great Lord of the Forests, as nature rejoices in a blaze of color and life.”

Go to the altar and pick up the cup of water, hold upwards and say –

“Blessed be the sacred union which manifests all creation!

 Behold the womb of the Mother,

The entity from which all life flows,

Blessed be the Lady!”

Go to the altar and pick up the athame, hold upwards and say –

“Behold the phallus of the God,

 Fruitful principle of the universe,

 Blessed be the Lord!”

THE GREAT RITE (Symbolic) –

(Pick up chalice of wine or juice then say):

“Blessed be you, my Lady,

 The Holy Bride of Heaven and Earth,

Come unite with Thy Lord in the ancient rite of sacred marriage!”

(Pick up athame and then say):

“Blessed be you, my Lord,

 The Holy Groom of Heaven and Earth,

 Come unite with Thy Lady Goddess in the ancient rite of sacred marriage!”

While slowly dipping the athame into the chalice, repeat:

“Chalice to athame,

 As Goddess is to God;

 Father is to Mother,

 As man is to woman,

 Behold the sacred union of The One!”

Replace the chalice and athame back on the altar and say:

“By this act of love, all life comes to be;

 By this act of faith, I proclaim my place on the eternal cycle of life,

 The Lord and Lady reign eternal!”

Now toast to the Lord and Lady by drinking from the chalice and breaking off a piece of the bread – setting aside a portion to give back to the Earth later.

“I am a child of deity,

 I am part of the creative life force which moves the universe;

 I am part of all that is –

 Though we are apart we are always together,

 For we are one in the spirit of our Goddess and God;

 Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again –

 Blessed be!”

(Close ritual, thank the deities and remember to give back to the Earth)

Posted by Lady Caer Morganna at 12:40 PM

Beltane Planting Ritual for Solitaries

This ritual is designed for the solitary practitioner, but it can easily be adapted for a small group to perform together. It’s a simple rite that celebrates the fertility of the planting season, and so it’s one that should be performed outside. If you don’t have a yard of your own, you can use pots of soil in place of a garden plot. Don’t worry if the weather is a bit inclement – rain shouldn’t be a deterrent to gardening. Just be sure you’re past the safe planting date for your region.

You’ll need:

  • Packets of seeds, or seedlings if you have them started already
  • Water
  • Pots of dirt, if you don’t have a garden
  • Gardening tools, such as a shovel

There is no need to cast a circle to perform this ritual, although if you prefer to do so, you certainly can. Plan on taking some time with this rite, though, and not rushing through it.

To begin, you’ll prepare the soil for planting. If you’ve already gotten your garden tilled or mulched, great – you’ll have a bit less work. If not, now’s the time to do so. Use your shovel or tiller to loosen the soil as much as possible. As you’re turning the earth over, and mixing it all up, take time to connect with the elements. Feel the earth, soft and moist beneath your feet. Take in the breeze, exhaling and inhaling calmly as you work. Feel the warmth of the sun on your face, and listen to the birds chattering in the trees above you. Connect with nature, and with the planet itself

If your tradition includes a deity of agriculture or land, now is a good time to call upon them. For instance, if your tradition honors Cernunnos*, a fertility god, you might choose to use the following:

Hail, Cernunnos! God of the forest, master of fertility!
Today, we honor you by planting the seeds of life,
Deep within the womb of earth.
Hail, Cernunnos! We ask you to bless this garden,
Watch over it, and grant it abundance,
We ask that these plants grow strong and fertile
Under your watchful eye.
Hail, Cernunnos! God of the greenwood!

When you have finished turning the soil and preparing it, it is time to plant the seeds (or seedlings, if youstarted them earlier in the spring). While you can do this easily with a shovel, sometimes it is better to get down on your hands and knees and really connect with the soil. If you’re not limited by mobility issues, get as close to the ground as you can, and use your hands to part the soil as you put the seeds in place. Yes, you’ll get dirty, but that’s what gardening is about. As you place each seed into the ground, offer a simple blessing, such as:

May the soil be blessed as the womb of the land
Becomes full and fruitful to bring forth the garden anew.
Cernunnos*, bless this seed.


After you’ve gotten the seeds in the ground, cover them all up with the loose dirt. Remember, this could take a while if you’ve got a large garden, so it’s okay if you want to do this ritual over the course of a few days.


As you’re performing all the different actions of gardening – touching the earth, feeling the plants – remember to focus on the energy and power of the elements. Get dirt under your fingernails, squash it between your toes if you don’t mind being barefoot outside. Say hello to that worm you just dug up by accident, and place him back in the ground. Do you compost? If so, be sure to add the compost to your plantings.

Finally, you’ll water your freshly planted seeds. You can either use a garden hose for this, or you can water by hand with a can. If you have a rain barrel, use the water from the barrel to start your garden.

As you’re watering your seeds or seedlings, call upon the deities of your tradition one last time.

Hail, Cernunnos*! God of fertility!
We honor you by planting these seeds.
We ask your blessing upon our fertile soil.
We will tend this garden, and keep it healthy,
Watching over it in your name.
We honor you by planting, and pay you tribute with this garden.
Hail, Cernunnos, master of the land!

You may also wish to include a general Garden Blessing.


Once you have completed watering, take a look through your freshly planted garden one last time. Did you miss any spots? Are there any weeds you forgot to pull? Tidy up any loose ends, and then take a moment to savor the knowledge that you have planted something new and wonderful. Feel the sunlight, the breeze, the soil beneath your feet, and know you have connected once more to the Divine.

*Cernunnos is used as an example in this rite. Use the name of the appropriate deity for your tradition.


Simple Solitary Beltane Ritual

Seeing as I am spending Beltane night aboard the ferry to Harwich with my mother and sister and spending the day itself packing and celebrating our new king, I cannot have a full blown celebration. And thus I spend my sudnay planning a simple ritual. This became awfully complicated because I didn’t have time to shop for anything special: I have to work from 1 PM to 6 PM on monday, I can only do a minimum of shopping at the supermarket I work before I start work  because all the other shops will be closed when my shift ends. After hours of puzzling, I came to a solution. A simple ritual incorporating knotwork with candlemagick to honour the Horned God and the earth Mother and their union, and a little herd/pet blessing to finish things up. I will perform my little ritual in the early morning, before the festivities and packing begins.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 candles, in any shade of green, the church or pillar variant
  • Cinnamon sticks, and lots of them, you’ll need to wrap them arround the candles.
  • cooking twinge or rope ( be carefull with the latter and flames!)
  • Small flowers, dried or fresh
  • Moss agate, amber, animal bone or fossils, twigs or tree leaves
  • scissors
  • Beltane/Cernunnos Oil (my recipe will follow this post)
  • Protection oil (the recipe I use will follow this post)
  • a depiction of your pet

The Ritual

1. Calm your mind and clear it, find your center. Then focus your intent. Think only of this holy day, the symbolism attached to it. Think of the fertility of spring, as the ground explodes with an abundance of flowers and plants, as animals give birth to their ofspring. Think of the sacred union between the God and Goddess.

2.  Lay your items out in front of you and say thanks for them

3. Leave about 2-3 inches of twinge or rope at the end and tie it to the cinnemon stick about an inch from the top. As you do say one verse of the Cernunnos prayer out loud or to yourself.

4. Pick up the next cinnemon stick, and keep repeating step 3 until you have enough sticks to wrap around the candle.

5. Once you have enough sticks, wrap the twinge around the last one and tie it about an inch from the bottom. Then you repeat step 3 again, securing all the sticks to each other at the bottom. Still repeating a verse per knot. At the end you’ll have something that looks like a small rope bridge.

6. Now you annoint the candle. I do so by starting at the top, then rubbing it clockwise down until  I’m halfway and then from the bottom back up, also clockwise. If you use another method, use your own. While anointing the candle, say the prayer in full.

7. Then you take your little bridge and wrap it around your candle. It will fall at an angle.  Tie off the top section (the bottom of your bridge is now your top, because you need the loose twinge) so that the ends are secured. Then wrap the twinge all around the candle to keep it tight, then go a second round at the bottom section of the candle and secure the ends there as well.

8. Then you place the agate, amber, bones etc. on top of your candle (use small chips and chunks) and place it on it’s holder on your altar.

9. Repeat the steps above, this tim e chanting the earth mother prayer and adorning it with the flowers.

10. Light the Cernunnos candle, reciting his prayer in full.

11. Light the earth Mother candle, reciting her prayer in full.

12. Place the representaion of your pets) between the candles, and anoint them with protection oil while reciting the blessing for the herd.

13. Let the candles burn out during the day.


Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies


Samhain Rituals – Before the Gods in Sacred Space

Witch's Broom

Well, here we are at the Samhain Rituals section.  These are just a few of the ones I’ve come across in my travels through the web and books, and experience as well!

These are some ideas for Samhain celebrations that I picked up from Dorothy Morrison’s The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows. Good book!

Samhain Circle Notes:

  • Use an orange or black altar cloth, orange and black candles, and decorate the altar with apples, pomegranates, chrysanthemums, and marigolds. Burn Samhain incense (check the ones listed in my recipes section). Use small jack-o’-lanterns to mark the quarters, placing an Element appropriate colored candle in each pumpkin.

  • Cast the circle using the athamé. After the Circle is cast, go to the Western Quarter and make an Invoking pentagram with the athamé to open the gate. Then evoke the Dead by saying:

    • “Spirits walking on this night –
      Harken! Harken to my call!
      Gather in this Circle Light,
      Enter! Enter! One and all!
      Whether you are plant or pet
      or Human spirit roaming free
      into this Circle you are let.
      Blessings we bestow on thee
      please say to us what you must say,
      and give us all your worries deep.
      And we will guide you on the way,
      to peace and rest and gentle sleep.
      Spirits walking on this night –
      Harken! Harken to my call!
      Gather in this Circle Light,
      Enter! Enter! One and all!”


Then invoke Pan, the Guardian of the Summerland, and bestow blessing upon the Dead by saying:

  • “O Mighty Pan of the Summerland:
    Guardian of the Beloved Dead,
    we pour forth love on those you keep
    safely in Your peaceful stead
    We bless those who have walked the path.
    That someday, we as well, shall rove
    we offer peace unto their souls,
    while resting in Your arms, below.”

  • Perform any divinatory measures that you wish, then return to the Western Quarter with the athamé. Say:

    • “Blessing be upon you, O wondrous Spirits of the Dead.
      We thank you for your presence in our circle
      and honor you on this sacred night.
      We beseech you, O Pan,
      Keeper of the Sacred Dead,
      embrace once again those souls within your keep
      and hold tightly to your breast
      those that might have been lost and wandering
      Grant them safe passage to the Summerland,
      where they may rest peacefully in your strength
      until they are refreshed and reborn again in perfect love.
      We bid you each a fond farewell.
      So Mote it Be!”

  • Using the athamé, draw a banishing pentagram at the Western Quarter to close the cirlcle gate.

Using the athamé, draw a banishing pentagram at the Western Quarter to close the Circle gate.

(Note: Closing the gate is of extreme importance here! Left open, the spirits cannot find their way to the Summerland, and will continue to roam the Earthly plane. They will be very confused and can actually wreak havoc in your personal life.)

Samhain Celebration Ideas:

  • Place a white seven-day candle in the window to guide the Dead to the Spirit World. Light the candle and say:
    • “O little flame that burns so bright
      be a beacon on this night.
      Light the path for all the Dead,
      that they may see now what’s ahead.
      And lead them to the Summerland
      and shine until Pan takes their hands.
      And with Your light,
      please bring them peace,
      that they may rest and sleep with ease.”
  • Because this is a time of endings,magick is often performed to get rid of unsavory personal characteristics or break bad habits. Just write the characteristic trait or habit on a piece of paper, light it, and toss it into thecauldron or fireproof dish, saying:
    • “I burn this trait now from my life
      Upon this sacred Samhain night.
      It is gone from me at last,
      Just a memory from the past.”
  • Since this is the beginning of the dark time of the year, say goodbye to the Sun and wish Him well as He rests now until the time of His rebirth on Yule. At the end of ritual, include a farewell by saying:
    • “Farewell, Dear Sun, Who warms the Earth,
      Who, with Your Light, brings joy and mirth,
      Close your eyes now – go to sleep.
      Rest peacefully in Darkness,
      deep Until the Yuletide fest begins.
      And You are born to us again.”
  • Then extinguish all candles to signify His absence.

  • To feed the Dead on their journey and gain their blessings, either leave or bury a few apples and a pomegranate outdoors after libation. As you leave the fruit say:

    • “O Fruit of Death and Fruit of Life,
      Fruit that eases mortal strife.
      Ease the hunger of the Dead.
      Until They reach Their final stead,
      Be food enough for everyone.
      Until Their journey’s fully done.”

© Ravenna Angelline 2014© Ravenna Angelline 2014

Deity of the Day for April 27th – Hebe, Greek Goddess of Youth

Deity of the Day

The Greek Goddess of Youth


Areas of Influence: Hebe was the Goddess of youth, she personified the beautiful maiden and everlasting life.

Her name means “youth” or “prime of life.”

She was the cup bearer who served nectar to the Olympian Gods to give them immortality.

This Deity was one of Hera’s handmaidens, her job was to prepare the royal chariot.

As a servant she also prepared Are’s bath for him after a battle.

In one myth she granted a man named Iolaus his youth back for one day so he could fight his enemy Eurystheus.

There is controversy over whether Ganymede took over her position as the cup bearer or whether in fact he just represented her male counterpart.

She was one of Aphrodite’s Bridal attendants and is said to be one of three Greek Goddesses associated with marriage.

Hebe was also the Goddess of forgiveness, granting pardons to prisoners.

Origins and Genealogy: the Goddess of youth was Zeus and Hera’s youngest daughter. Her siblings were Ares and Eileithyia.

This Deity married the Hero Hercules who was made into a demi God, together they had two children Alexiares and Anicetus.

Strengths: Youthful.

Weaknesses: She has less charisma than many of the Greek Goddesses, relying on her gifts to get attention.She was also said to be clumsy.

Temples: Her most famous places of worship were an altar at Cynosarges in Athens and the sacred cypess grove on the Phliasian citadel.

Hebe’s Symbolism

Shown in art either topless or in a sleeveless dress to accentuate her youthful features.

Her ankles were often mentioned , they were described as nicely shaped or neat suggesting the health and fitness of youth.

She carried a pitcher of nectar and a cup to serve the Gods.

Plants: Lettuce as her mother became pregnant without Zeus by eating this plant. Ivy sprigs.

Roman Equivalent: Juventas


The Maiden:

The Maiden Archetype represents purity and the innocence of childhood. Where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail.

It is also an aspect of the triple goddess, together with the Mother and the Crone they represents the cycles of the moon and the different stages of a woman’s life.

Shadow Maiden is very self centered all, her dreams and energy is expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals.

As a symbol of everlasting youth Hebe is considered to be a Maiden Goddess despite the fact that she is married and is no longer a virgin.


How To Work with This Archetype

The Maiden:

The Maiden is one of your Archetypes if you are life still in touch with your childhood intuition and fantasies and have used these to fulfill your dreams. Hence you can still have this archetype at any time of life.

The Maiden reminds you to look after the magical child that lies within us all.

Shadow Maiden asks you to look at whether your dreams and aspirations are selfish and take no account of the needs of others.