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.
- 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
- Beltane/Cernunnos Oil (my recipe will follow this post)
- Protection oil (the recipe I use will follow this post)
- a depiction of your pet
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.