Beltane Ritual


Beltane is a Celtic fire festival celebrated beginning sunset April 30 through sunset May 1. It is a celebration of the fertility of the God and Goddess returning with the beginning of the planting season. This is a celebration for the return of the Green Man who is depicted as a masculine face covered in leaves and shrubry, often placed in the Wicker Man and carried through town, before being burned on the Beltane Bonfire.

Some other traditions for Beltane are the fight between the Winter Queen and the May Queen. If the May Queen is captured in the fight she must be ransomed off before the celebration can continued. Also the MayPole dance and celebration is a major part of this holiday festivities as well as leaving Flower Baskets on the neighbors doors on the morning of May 1. Finally, this is also the time for Handfastings and Fertility Rituals as well as the celebration of the Fairy Folk.

Beltane was traditionally a celebration of the dairy so any dairy foods would be a good choice for this celebration. Cheese, yogurt, custards and quiche are all good options. My thoughts were leaning toward a cheese quiche with some broccoli. Then yogurt with Candied Flowers (just make certain you are using edible flowers); then some May Wine which is white wine, fresh woodruff and strawberries, and of course the traditional breakfast of Scotish Beltane Bannocks in the morning.

Some other recipe options that I located for you are:

Beltane Ritual

(Open the Circle)

(Somewhere within circle, place House Guardian symbol)

I give greetings to the Goddess of things wild; of trees, of skies and of waters. I do call upon You, Lovely Lady, to be here with me.

(Dance around the circle)

(Pause to salute each element at the corners, with up swept arms)

Blessed be the words of the Lady of May and the Laughing Lord of the Greenwood. Let now thy great light come into me. I am a cup to be filled, that I may do what is needful.

Blessed ever Be the Lady and the Lord!

(Stand before house guardian)

Lovely Lady, Great Lord

I present to You the guardian of this house, the special spirit I have invited into my home as protector and helper. I honor this spirit in this symbol of its being. Great Ones, bless this guardian of this home. And for Your blessing, I add my thanks.

Blessed Be!

(Anoint house guardian with incense)

(Dance around circle with symbol)

(Pause to present symbol to each element at the corners)

(Say the following to each replacing (___) with the proper element)

I present to you, O spirit of (___), the guardian of this house. This is the special spirit I have invited into my home as protector and helper. Bless the guardian of this home and for your blessings, I add my thanks.

Blessed Be!

(Raise wine chalice)

Honor the Old Gods!

Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.

Blessed Be!

(Time for feasting, celebration, hand fasting, maypole and other outdoor activities)

(Close the Circle)


3 comments on “Beltane Ritual

  1. Congratulations on the award.

  2. We thoroughly enjoy reading the musings and personal insights on your blog and although it’s slightly belated, we’d like to offer our congratulations on the award too!

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