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Traditional Beltane

Also known as May Eve or May Day Beltane happens at the beginning of May. Celebrating the height of Spring and the flowering of life.

The Goddess manifests as the May Queen and Flora. The God emerges as the May King and Jack in the Green. The danced Maypole represents Their unity, with the pole itself being the God and the ribbons that encompass it, the Goddess. Colors are of the Rainbow spectrum.

Beltane is a festival of flowers, fertility, sensuality, and delight. Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill and then give it to someone in need of healing and caring, such as a shut-in or elderly friend.

Form a wreath of freshly picked flowers, wear it in your hair and feel yourself radiating joy and beauty. Dress in bright colors.

Dance the Maypole and feel yourself balancing the Divine Female and Male within.

Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck.
Welcome in May at dawn with singing and dancing. .

Celebration Ideas
Arise at dawn and wash in the morning dew: the woman who washes her face in it will be beautiful; the man who washes his hands will be skilled with knots and nets.

If you live near water, make a garland or posy of spring flowers and cast it into stream, lake or river to bless the water spirits.

Beltane is one of the three "spirit-nights" of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them.

Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luckóbut make sure you tie up long skirts first!

Make a May bowl ówine or punch in which the flowers of sweet woodruff or other fragrant blossoms are soakedóand drink with the one you love.

A Solitary Ritual
By Nyx Wolfwalker
The altar and circle should be decorated with flowers. Any white flowers are appropriate, especially those with five petals. The cauldron may be filled with flowers. Flower garlands may be worn by the participant.

The altar cloth and candles shall be white.Set out your altar with your usual tools. Include a white ribbon and a red ribbon. Light your incense and the altar candles, and proceed to cast the sacred circle.

Then invoke the God and the Goddess.

Kneel before the altar, facing East. Place the ribbons on the pentacle, the end of the white ribbon covering the end of the red one. Speak these words:
"Oh Father God, oh Mother Goddess, now is the time of your joining. Through your happiness, may all be happy, and through your fruitfulness, may all in nature be fruitful."

Begin plaiting the ribbons together. This is a simplified and solitary version of the traditional maypole. While you are doing this, say:
"All life in all the world springs from the union of the God and the Goddess. Blessed are they, the creators, the Ancient ones!

When this is finished, you may do with the ribbons whatever you wish. Any magic or other seasonal activities may follow. If you are outdoors in a fairly safe place, You may wish to light a small balefire. After such festivities are completed, you may hold the simple feast, and banish the magic circle.

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