I feel t is important to remember Lady Abyss as we count down the days until Beltane so I decided to repost an article by her from 2017.
Fertility Deities of Beltane
Beltane is a time of great fertility — for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect. Typically, this is a Sabbat to celebrate gods of the hunt or of the forest, and goddesses of passion and motherhood, as well as agricultural deities. Here are a list of gods and goddesses that can be honored as part of your tradition’s Beltane rituals.
Artemis (Greek): The moon goddess Artemis was associated with the hunt and was seen as a goddess of forests and hillsides. This pastoral connection made her a part of spring celebrations in later periods.
Bes (Egyptian): Worshiped in later dynasties, Bes was a household protection god, and watched over mothers and young children. He and his wife, Beset, were paired up in rituals to cure problems with infertility.
Bacchus (Roman): Considered the equivalent of Greek god Dionysus, Bacchus was the party god — grapes, wine, and general debauchery were his domain. In March each year, Roman women could attend secret ceremonies called the bacchanalia, and he is associated with sexual free-for-alls and fertility.
Cernunnos (Celtic): Cernunnos is a horned god found in Celtic mythology. He is connected with male animals, particularly the stag in rut, and this has led him to be associated with fertility and vegetation. Depictions of Cernunnos are found in many parts of the British Isles and western Europe. He is often portrayed with a beard and wild, shaggy hair — he is, after all, the lord of the forest.
Flora (Roman): This goddess of spring and flowers had her own festival, Floralia, which was celebrated every year between April 28 to May 3. Romans dressed in bright robes and floral wreaths, and attended theater performances and outdoor shows. Offerings of milk and honey were made to the goddess.
Hera (Greek): This goddess of marriage was the equivalent of the Roman Juno, and took it upon herself to bestow good tidings to new brides. A maiden about to marry could make offerings to Hera, in the hopes that she would bless the marriage with fertility. In her earliest forms, she appears to have been a nature goddess, who presides over wildlife and nurses the young animals which she holds in her arms.
Kokopelli (Hopi): This flute-playing, dancing spring god carries unborn children upon his own back, and then passes them out to fertile women. In the Hopi culture, he is part of rites that relate to marriage and childbearing, as well as the reproductive abilities of animals. Often portrayed with rams and stags, symbolic of his fertility, Kokopelli occasionally is seen with his consort, Kokopelmana.
Pan (Greek): This agricultural god watched over shepherds and their flocks. He was a rustic sort of god, spending lots of time roaming the woods and pastures, hunting and playing music on his flute. Pan is typically portrayed as having the hindquarters and horns of a goat, similar to a faun. Because of his connection to fields and the forest, he is often honored as a spring fertility god.
Priapus (Greek): This fairly minor rural god has one giant claim to fame — his permanently erect and enormous phallus. The son of Aphrodite by Dionysus (or possibly Zeus, depending on the source), Priapus was mostly worshiped in homes rather than in an organized cult. Despite his constant lust, most stories portray him as sexually frustrated, or even impotent. However, in agricultural areas he was still regarded as a god of fertility, and at one point he was considered a protective god, who threatened sexual violence against anyone — male or female — who transgressed the boundaries he guarded.
Sheela-na-Gig (Celtic): Although the Sheela-na-Gig is technically the name applied to the carvings of women with exaggerated vulvae that have been found in Ireland and England, there’s a theory that the carvings are representative of a lost pre-Christian goddess. Typically, the Sheela-na-Gig adorns buildings in areas of Ireland that were part of the Anglo-Norman conquests in the 12th century. She is shown as a homely woman with a giant yoni, which is spread wide to accept the seed of the male. Folkloric evidence indicates that the figures are theory that the figures were part of a fertility rite, similar to “birthing stones”, which were used to bring on conception.
Xochiquetzal (Aztec): This fertility goddess was associated with spring, and represented not only flowers but the fruits of life and abundance. She was also the patron goddess of prostitutes and craftsmen.
by Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo
Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival celebrates the rebirth of summer with fire, dance and drumming c. 2017
A MINUMN OF 6 PEOPLE ATTENDING IS NEEDED TO HAVE THIS GATHERING TAKE PLACE.
I have only heard from 2 people so far. I will wait until Friday, April 20th for people to contact me. If no one else is interested the gathering will be canceled.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Open Chat: 4:00 PM CDT
Circle Cast: 5:00 PM CDT
Sunday, 1 May 2022
Open Chat: 7:00 AM AEST
Circle Cast: 8:00 AM AEST
Please email Lady Beltane at firstname.lastname@example.org for the information to her Skype meeting page
You do not need a webcam or microphone to join us as everything will be typed in.
If there is no one attending that lives in the southern hemisphere the circle will be opened after the Beltane ritual is completed. You are welcome to do some more visiting with each other after the circle is done.
CLOSING THE CIRCLE and CALLING THE ELEMENTS TO THE WATCHTOWERS
LADY BELTANE: I call the element of Air into the Watchtower of the East to help bring us clarity of mind as we work in our sacred circle.
I call the element of Fire into the Watchtower of the South to bring us extra energy to work our magick we work in this sacred circle circle
I call upon the element of Water to help guide our emotions as we work in this sacred circle.
I call upon the element of Earth to help us stay grounded as we work our magick in this sacred circle
I walk this circle with Hecate and Dagon to keep those in the sacred circle from any harm that might try to enter and to clear out any negativity that is in it. I take us to a place that is outside of regular time and space.
EVERYONE: P lease tell us your first or Pagan name and what country or state you live in. No last names or towns/villages/cities.
Beltane Ritual– using the 4 elements to create our very own Beltane Wand
Select a piece of wood that you have been called to. Ensure that no tree is hurt in the process, in other words do not take the wood for your wand by snapping it off a tree branch.
Wood for wand making is everywhere, in the form of driftwood, branches that have naturally fallen, a piece of wood that you have collected over time.
The secret to finding the perfect wand wood is that the wood actually calls out to you. In order for you to be accepted by the wand it is respectful to do a mediation and ask the wood, ask the tree, ask the ocean if it is a piece of driftwood. It is then that the wand becomes an extension of you and your power within the Natural World. Gratitude is the key.
Over time I have collected so many pieces of wood, rocks, shells, all these things that call out to me when out in nature while walking, doing rituals or even working. Some items are over 15- 20 years old waiting for the right time to be used.
DECORATE YOUR ALTAR
Beltane brings the beginning of life, decorate with beautiful bunches of flowers from your garden, make wreaths to wear in your hair, make your own candles to burn on the altar, use fertility Goddess and God symbols, fill baskets with seasonal fruits.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
A piece of wood to create your wand
Representing Fire– An altar candle
Representing Water– I prefer to use consecrated moon water that I sometimes place in a spray bottle with a couple of drops of my favourite essential oil
Representing Earth– Consecrated salt-I prefer to use Himalayan salt
Representing Air– Your Athame, a feather or even incense
A BLESSING TO THE EARTH GODDESS-
EVERYONE – Please say……
“Great Earth mother!
We ask for your blessing on this day
May our lands see the seeds of life in abundance
Our grass grow green and lush
Our rivers flow and be filled with life
and the great Sun God shine upon our lands
We sit in gratitude in the blessings you have given
and the gift of life with each turn of the wheel. “
DURING THE BELTANE RITUAL
Take the wood that will become your wand and……
Pass it over the Fire
With this Fire I ignite the spirit within me
Sprinkle it with Salt
With this Earth I create my body
Spray or Anoint it with Water
With this Water I bless my blood that runs through my veins
Pass the Athame, Feather or Incense over it
With this Athame (or whatever you choose to represent your air) I give it life from my breath.
Now take 3 deep breaths and blow your breath 3 times, emptying your lungs each time.
You now have concentrated your wand and have given it life creating an extension of you.
A One Minute Meditation
Hold the wand in your hands and allow the power of the wand to guide you how you need to create its power. Connect to the wand as this will become an extension of your power. Imagine a flow of light from your heart going into the wood and giving it life, bringing the light back into your heart and connecting it to your being as an expression of the Divine.
CONCLUDING THE BELTANE RITUAL
Dearest Lady, we honour you Queen of Spring
May our lands be fruitful ready to make offerings in your name
AFTER THE RITUAL
Now to finish your wand……
- Anything that you would like to decorate your wand- (you can add these later after the ritual allowing time for you to be as creative as you like)
o Now some like elaborate colourful decorations expressing their creativity, others like simple with just a polish and a couple of Sigils sacred to just them. The choice is purely yours, remember it is an extension of you therefore it will reflect your power.
- I attach anything from crystals to feathers, sometimes I simply use sandpaper to bring out the colours and patterns of the sacred wood.
- If you have the tools wood burning is a wonderful option.
END OF BELTANE RITUAL
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Left over Apple Juice
Pictures of 2 Ancestors
2 Birthday Candles or Flashlights
Heat Proof Dish with ½ inch/1,5 cm of sand or dirt (the candles will be placed in here and should be allowed to complete burn down.)
Trivet/hotplate/potholder to place heat proof dish on.
EVERYONE: I invite the Spirits of my ancestors I call upon to come to me one by one. (Light 1 candle each time you say
a name and place it in the sand)
After doing the spell spend 2 minutes just sitting quietly and thinking of the people you have summoned. They may just want to spend some time with you also and/or have a message for you or someone in your life. Ancestors are not just blood relatives that have crossed over they include anyone in your life that has had some type of impact on it.
When the time is up say, ” Thank you for visiting and return from whence you came.”
So mote it be
If you want to light more candles for people after the circle has been opened please feel free to use this spell and enjoy time with those who have crossed the veil.
Remember to let any candle you light burn all the way down. When doing this on your own you can wait to let the Spirit go until their ca
END OF SAMHAIN RITUAL
OPENING THE CIRCLE and DISMISSING THE ELEMENTS FROM THE WATCHTOWERS
LADY BELTANE: I dismiss the element of Air from the Watchtower of the East with our thanks to you for helping to bring us clarity of mind as we work in our sacred circle.
I dismiss the element of Fire from the Watchtower of the South with our thanks to you for helping to bring us extra energy to work our magick we work in this sacred circle circle
I dismiss the element of Water with our thanks to you for helping to guide our emotions as we work in this sacred circle.
I dismiss the element of Earth with our thanks to you for helping to us to stay grounded as we work our magick in this sacred circle
I thank Hecate and Dagon for helping us with our rituals this night or morning. Please return from whence you came.
I walk this circle to bring us back into our regular place of existence and to the time the binds us in this plane.
The circle is open but never broken go with peace, trust, and love in your hearts.
Beltane is he holiday that draws all witches outside to celebrate the returning power of the Sun and the fertility of the land.
Wear red robes for ritual and dress your altar with reds for passion. If you have identified a nearby rowan tree, you can make a wreath for your hair using rowan twigs. Decorate your house with freshly cut greens, herbs, and flowers. Arrange for music or drumming to lighten your steps of the dancers of the maypole or spiral dance. Lose yourself in the dance.
Fire is the honored element at this ritual, so have circle members jump a cauldron for purification and protection. Watr is another honored element: be certain to visit your local sacred spring or riverbank. Sprinkle perfume into the water for the undines. Again, leave a drop or two of milk and other food offerings for the nature spirits.
Wake before dawn on this day and watch the Sun rise over a river or beach. Gather a pitcherful where the Sun has gilded the water. When you return home, walk the bounds of your land, sprinkling water in your garden beds to ensure plenty of rainfall during the growing season.
By K. D. Spitzer in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 63
To read more about celebrating Samhain please click on this link
Welcome to springtime in the southern hemisphere. As the warmer weather comes a witches thoughts turns to sowing a garden. A garden can mean a different thing to each of us. For me it is getting my physical seeds ready for my veggie garden, to check to see if my herbs survived the winter or if I need to start new ones. Spiritually it means starting new seeds/paths for me to be able to grow to be closer to Mother Earth, the Universal energies, my students, and my teachers. To be able in the fall to reap full benefits of all that I have learned and put them into practice whether it is in my own personal life or helping my students with something. This year I need to plant new seeds and seedlings for all my flower gardens because early heavy rains in this part of the country washed away two inches of top soil in all my flower beds.
What does planting a garden mean to you? Do you plant flowers, vegetables, herbs, goals or a little of all of these or any combination? Remember whatever you plant will come to fruition with the right amount of love, watering (spiritually this can be communicating with each other in the pagan community or even be emailing me to say hi), sunshine (remember to thank the Sun God) and nurturing from within yourself (positive thoughts and affirmations) and from others in our community.
I would really LOVE to SEE COMMENTS on this post, please. Share with us your seeds and lets us help you grow them to their fullest potential!
Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane
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A pagan spiral formation in Faerie Glenn where everything is miniature and enchanted. Copyright Content Catnip 2010
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A famous Ossianic lament…
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Beltane Spiritual Practice
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