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Beltane Rites and Rituals-Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth. Try some of these celebrations and ritual ideas at Beltane to honor the arrival of spring and new life.

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Beltane Incense

Beltane Incense

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Myrrh
  • 1 part Benzoin
  • 1 part Red Copal
  • 1 part Lavender
  • 1 part Jasmine
  • 1 part Rose Petals
  • 1 part Sandalwood
Beltane Incense

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Sandalwood
  • 1 part Woodruff
  • 1 part Rose petals
  • a few drops Jasmine oil
  • a few drops Neroli oil
Beltane Incense

  • 4 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Sandalwood
  • 1 part Heather
  • 1/2 part Calendula
  • 1/2 part Angelica
  • 1/2 part Chamomile
  • 1/2 part Mint
  • 1/2 part Fennel
  • 1/2 part St. Johns Wort

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Beltane-Ritual-Guide-For-Covens_c_205.html

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Wiccan Beltane Sabbat Solitary Ritual Guide

Prior to this rite you should have made ready a wooden wand. This should be a branch from an oak or hazel tree, peeled of its bark, and about 13 inches long and half an inch thick. Place the wand upon your altar within the Circle.

Prepare a dish of earth and place it upon the altar beside the wand.

Cast the Circle and invoke the Goddess and the God. After the invocation, dance and chant to raise power for magical activities and then earth the power into an unlit candle, placed inside the cauldron, at the center of the circle. Chant the following (or make up your own!):

Beltane!
I dance with delight
on Beltane’s night.
All senses freeing,
I dance for being.
The flower and the flame
of love’s own rite
shall blossom. Sun
embrace Earth, bright.

Light the candle to the Sun. This is the Beltane fire, our modern substitute for the hilltop bonfires of our ancestors. The Bel fire is an invocation to the Sun God to bring blessing and protection for the coming year. This is sacred fire with healing and purifying properties. As you light the candle, be aware of its power and significance. Say:

I light this candle to the Sun.

Now take up a dish of earth. Bless it in the name of the Goddess. Lay your hands upon it and say:

I bless, consecrate, and set apart this earth,
in the name of the Triple Goddess. May this
be sacred earth, set apart for magic. For
earth is of the Goddess, being her sacred body.

Remember that the Goddess is not only of the Moon, but also of the Earth and of the farthest stars. She is the Triple Goddess of the Circle of Rebirth, the Mother of All Life.

Decorate the dish of earth with flowers.

Now, take a wooden wand and oil it with vegetable oil. Bless it in the name of the Lord of the Day, the youthful, ardent one, the Lord of Life, the God of the greenwood. Pass it swiftly through the candle flame, the Bel fire, so that it becomes magically imbued, ‘charged’, with power. Place the wand upon the dish of earth, saying as you hold it there:

As the wand is to the earth,
so the male is to the female
and the Sun to our blossoming world.
Joined, they bring happiness.
May the God of Life give ___
{something you want, for example, peace on Earth)
May the Goddess bring it forth!

Sit quietly for a while, and picture the blossoming of what you have desired in life. The spells and invocations of all of us, all working on themes like these, must eventually bear fruit, because life is on the side of peace. Leave the earth and wand upon the altar.

Walk deosil three times around the circle, then spiral into the center. Go evenly, with grace, meditatively. Sit beside the candle flame, allowing yourself to feel peaceful. Gaze into the flame.

The last part of the ritual is different depending on whether you are man or woman.

For a Woman: Visualize a red rosebud in your womb. Always your womb is the source of your creative power, whether you are pregnant with a child, an idea, a work of art or an intention. Close your eyes and picture the light from the candle streaming into your womb so that the rosebud blooms, unfolds. Hold the image for a while, feeling the silkiness, smelling the scent, the freshness, seeing the color of the fully open rose within you. Feel the strength and power of your own fully blossomed capabilities. Say:

I am woman,
strong to conceive and to create,
to give birth and to tend.
As I am daughter of the Goddess,
and blessed by the God, may I ___
{name what you wish to bring forth in life. For example, bring healing to others or write my book whatever matters to you}

Feel the strength and creative force within your womb, the center of your being. See the power being channeled, flowing into the desire you have just voiced. Open your eyes. Always, the rose is within you.

For a Man: Visualize a bright flame. This burns within your sexual center, a point at the base of the stomach, just above the pubic hairline. It is your own male strength and energy which may rise through your body to be released as giving, fertilizing power, in any form, or may be the potency which impregnates, creating a physical child. It is the force which blesses and bestows, a healing and creative energy, like the shining Sun. Visualize also that you are sitting in a garden and that a rose tree is in front of you, the roses in bud. Say:

I am man,
and in my passion is beauty,
in my warmth is life.
As I am son of the Goddess,
and blessed by the God,
I offer my strength and vitality to ____
{name the area of life, the place, activity, or commitment you choose}

Visualize the light streaming from you to a rose upon the tree causing it to unfold, to blossom. Your flame is lowered by this effort. Much has gone out of you, the flame sinks down. Wait and watch, until a pink light streams from the rose towards your body. At its touch the flame resurges. It burns higher and stronger than before. Open your eyes. The flame is always within you.

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Beltane-Solitary-Ritual-Guide_c_204.html

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Wiccan Samhain Sabbat Ritual Guide For Covens

Supplies
1 silver taper candle for the Goddess
1 gold taper candle for the God
Apple
Pomegranate
Black votive candle
Cauldron
Boline
Altar pentacle
Salt water
Frankincense
Protection oil
Enough fresh dirt, black salt or black cord to outline the circle
Any divination supplies you may want to use after invoking the dead
Plate of fruit, vegetables & bread
1 pot of earth for each participant [each pot should be planted with three seeds – either rue or lavender]
Pictures of loved ones and/or mementos from loved ones

PREPARATION:

Prior to the ceremony, do a ritual bath or shower for purification. If you have magical jewelry or jewelry passed on to you by departed loved ones, this is the time to wear it.
Place the apple and pomegranate on the altar. If there’s ample altar space, arrange the pots on the altar as well. Instruments of divination may be placed within the Circle perimeter for use during the ritual if you wish. Arrange the altar as usual and decorate with Autumn leaves, pumpkins, etc.

Sweep the area moving in a widdershins manner. (counterclockwise). The circle area should be cleansed before the participants arrive. Outline your circle with fresh dirt, black salt or black cord. Place the goddess candle to top left of the altar. Place the God candle on the top right of the altar. Place the plate of fruit, vegetables and bread in between the God and Goddess candles. Place the black votive candle in the cauldron, positioned on the floor in front of the altar. The boline should be placed in the center of the altar with the apple on a pentacle if possible. Pictures of loved ones and mementos of loved are placed on the altar as well.

Arrange the rest of your tools and props according to personal preference.

Casting the Circle

Samhain is done widdershins to represent the turning of the wheel and the dropping of the veil between the worlds, so this entire ritual will be done widdershins.

Each participant is cleansed with salt water and frankincense before entering the cleansed area. Question for each participant:

“How do you enter the Circle?”

Response:

“In perfect love and perfect trust.”

Anoint each person with protection oil.

When everyone has been cleansed and all participants are in the room begin casting the Circle.

Call Quarters Widdershins

Beginning in the West

“Hail Guardians of the West, element of Water, keeper of the Veil between the worlds. We ask that you lift the silvery realm of the Veil and we invite you into our sacred space to reveal your secrets of the coming year. We ask that you cleanse our hearts and open our Souls to your Watery energy. Welcome and Blessed Be.

Hail Guardians of the South, element of Fire, keeper of the flames that burn this night to honor our loved ones, to keep the hearth warms and to honor Vesta, Goddess of the hearth. We invite to you into our sacred space to warm our hearts and ignite our Souls. Welcome and Blessed Be.

Hail Guardians of the East, element of Air, keeper of new ideas, home of the Faeries and sprites, keeper of the Wheel. We invite to our sacred space this night to guide us in the coming year, to enlighten us with your insight. Welcome and Blessed be!

Hail Guardians of the North, element of Earth, keeper of all earthly elements, we invite to our sacred space to guide us with your wisdom for the new year. To embrace us with your strength and open the gates of the underworld. Welcome and Blessed Be!”

Invocations

The Priestess invokes the Crone, saying:

“Dark Mother, ruler of the night, Goddess of death and rebirth, Wise Hecate, Hear and behold Your children this night as we honor Thee and Thy realm. We stand humbly before thee asking for Thy blessing and favor. Lift, now the Veil between the worlds, as this time out of time begins. Guide us in communing with my ancestors as they journey to the Summerland’s. So mote it be!”

Light the Goddess Candle. Proceed only after the flame has risen and flickered indicating the Goddess is with you. Concentrate on your wish to commune with your loved ones, calling on their energy.

The Priest invokes the Dark Lord, saying:

“Dark Father, aged Consort of the Crone, Lord of the Underworld, Hear and behold your children this night as we honor Thee and Thy realm. We stand between Thee and Thy Lady, asking for blessing and favor. As this time out of time approaches, stand ever guard as the Veil lifts, Keep safe my ancestors, and all of my loved ones, as they journey to the Summerland’s. So Mote it Be!”

Light the God Candle. Proceed only after the flame has risen and flickered indicating the Goddess is with you. Concentrate on your wishes that your loved ones be kept safe on their journey.

Dancing deosil around the Circle in a shuffle step, all chant three times:

“The Moon is bright, the Crone is old
The body lifeless – the bones so cold
We all live and pay our dues
To die in ones and threes and twos.

Death, dance and play the harp
Piercing silence in the dark
The Woman’s old with withered limbs
Death beckons Her to dance with Him

As She accepts the Dance of Death
The Earth is cooled by ghostly breath
To lie in dormancy once more
To have Her strength and life restored”

Go to the Western Quarter and draw an invoking pentagram with the athame to open the gate. Then evoke the dead by saying:

“All ye spirits who walk this night –
Hearken! Hearken to my call!
I bid you in our Circle join!
Enter! Enter – one and all!

Come ye, spirits of the dead
Be ye spirit of plant or pet
Or human being who still roams!
Into this Circle you are let!

Speak to us of things unknown!
Lend your energies to this rite!
To speed your journey, we have joined
On this sacred Samhain night!

All ye spirits who walk this night –
Hearken! Hearken to my call!
I bid you in our Circle join!
Enter! Enter – one and all!”

Bestow blessings upon the dead, saying:

“Oh Mighty Pan of the Summerlands:
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”

Divination

Now is the time for divination (Ouija Board, pendulum, cards, etc.) and communication with those who have gone on before us. Allow plenty of time for this.

Closing The Gate

After divination, the Priestess goes to the Western Quarter and draws the banishing pentagram, saying:

“Blessings be upon thee, oh wondrous Spirits of the Summerlands. We humbly thank thee for your presence in our Circle and honor you in celebration this sacred night. We beseech thee, oh Pan, keeper of the sacred dead, embrace once again those souls within your keep and hold tightly to your breast those which 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 thee all a fond farewell. So mote it be!”

The gate is now closed.

The Priestess goes to the altar and holds up the pomegranate, saying:

“Behold the pomegranate, fruit of Life…”

The athame is plunged into the pomegranate, splitting it open to display the seeds. She says:

“Whose seeds lie in the dormancy of Death!”

The Priestess eats one of the seeds, saying:

“I Taste the seeds of Death.”

The pomegranate is then passed hand to hand through the participants of the ritual, each eating a seed and saying to the next person:

“Taste the seeds of Death.”

The Priestess then holds up the apple, saying:

“Behold the apple: fruit of wisdom, fruit of Death…”

She then cuts the apple crosswise, saying:

“Whose symbolism rewards us with life eternal!”

She holds up the apple, displaying the inner pentagram, and says:

“Behold the five-fold star – the promise of rebirth!”

Consecrate the fruit and wine. Each person then tastes of the apple and sips the wine, saying to the next person:

“Taste the fruit of rebirth and sip from the cup of wine of Life.”

After libation, the Priestess presents each member of the group with a pot. She briefly explains to the group that this is the season of the seed – it is a time of dormancy, but also a time of re-generation for growth. Further, as the seed rests in the earth, they should also take time to rest and re-evaluate their lives, metaphorically planting only those values which will enrich and enhance the growth within the Divine Self. She then instructs them to name the seeds within their pots with three values they wish to incorporate into their lives, knowing that as the seeds sprout with new life, their lives will be new, as well.

After the presentation, all join hands and hold them skyward.

Priestess:

“Thus is the Circle of Rebirth.
All pass from this life through the great god, Pan
But through My love you are all reborn
In the cycles of nature – through the Cosmic Plan.

In living we die – in dying we live
The fruit is first seed, yet seed comes from the fruit
In the mystery of life and death and rebirth
The Circle turns ever, and I am its root.”

All Respond:

“The Sun conceived in Darkness, cold
In the Shadow of Death, a Life unfolds
A shred of Light begins to burn
From Death comes Life – the Circle turns.”

Dismiss Quarters and Dissolve Circle.

Priestess:

“The rite is ended.”

All:

“Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!”

Outdoor libation to the Lord and Lady, and the spirits of the dead.

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Samhain-Ritual-Guide-For-Covens_c_199.html

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Hawthorn Tree

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Over a century ago, the musical play H.M.S. Pinafore debuted on the London stage. On of the songs from the score insisted that “Things are seldom what they seem.” These words personify the hawthorn–a tree that in folklore, is much more than what it seems. Even in modern Ireland you’d be hard pressed to find someone willing to move or harm one for fear of upsetting the capricious fairy sprites who call it home.

When you need to know what is what, call upon the spirit of the hawthorn to assist you:

Fairies of the hawthorn I ask,

A favor and simple task;

Show me what is false and true,

And I will give a gift to you.

When you’ve received a vision of your answer, tie a pretty ribbon on the bush or plant a coin near its base in thanks.

Copyright Edian McCOy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 67

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Beltane Bewitching Punch and Ice RIng

This nonalcoholic punch is simple to make, a gorgeous rosy red color, and always a crowd pleaser.

For the punch:

48 oz. Hawaiian Punch

1 Large can frozen orange juice

1 large can frozen lemonade

(thaw before adding)

48 oz. pineapple juice

2 liters ginger ale

Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour in fruit juice mixture into a punch bowl, and then add the ginger ale. Remove ice ring from mold and float in the punch. Garnish with fresh orange slices.

For ice ring:

12 ripe strawberries, washed and leaves removed

3 cups ready to serve orange juice

place strawberries in a ring mold (bundt cake pan works well). Pour in enough orange juice to fill the mold. Freeze

Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009

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Flashback 2009 Samhain

SAMHAIN 2009

An example of a Samhain altar.

This is Hecate’s holiday, a celebration of the Crone and the powers of the dark feminine principle. This is the Celtic day of the dead, and a power day in the wheeled calendar. The Celts traditionally wore white to welcome the first day of winter and the increasing darkness. By now the garden should be cleared; tools cleaned, oiled, and out away. The house gets its own cleaning, windows polished to a sparkle, freshly laundered curtains re-hung. Scour the front step to remove bad luck and rinse with sage tea to protect all who dwell within. Toss the old broom and use a new one to sweep away misfortune. The ash from old fires should be removed from the hearth and the stones scrubbed; lay a new fire to light the way for the ancestors.

The descent into darkness from which all new life and ideas come is a potent time for prophecy and omens. Astrological Samhain (November 7) has powerful Crone Moon that lends veracity to her predictions just at dawn. Give honor to the Triple Goddess with offerings of roasted apple and hot cider. Bob for apples to commemorate the trip by water to Avalon. The magical power hour for the gibbous Halloween Moon is ten or so.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009

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Flashback 2009 Beltane

BELTANE 2009

An example of a Beltane altar.

Bring out your Sun jewelry, sparkling citrine, amber, and tiger 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 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 their own goddess of wisdom, Minerva, with the Celtic, 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 rowan wreath for your door to protect your home and family. Whip up an omelet to cook over your bale fire and nourish your household. Jump over the fire for protection and purification.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009

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