Altar set up at the Center of the circle facing East

Arranged on the Altar are:
Yellow cloth with Rabbit fur.
The mother earth candle and a yellow candle.
The chalice of red wine or mead
The wand, and the HP’s and HPS’s Athame’s
A small bowl of water
A small bowl with of salt
The white Bone knife
Incense burner; hand bell
The sword, on the floor in front of the altar, or on the altar itself.

Small fire if outdoors, or large candle if indoors at south end of circle.

A supply of chosen incense, and matches or a cigarette-lighter, should be handy by the altar.

The elemental placings are East, Water; South, Fire; West, Air; and North, Earth. (Inspired by Pagan Way Elemental Eucharist) 4 elemental vessels on the altar with a sampling of their element: i.e. a small bowl with soil from Alina’s yard;

Music.

High Priestess: GOMORY
High Priest: FORESTIERE
Crone: RUNE

The Ritual

HPS and HP then takes their place by altar.

The HPS places her athame in the bowl of water, and the HP places his athame in the bowl of salt.

Both lift their bowl high and place back upon the altar. HP takes salt and places in the water, and both stir the salt into the water with their athame’s.

Both go to where they will be welcoming other members into the circle.

RUNE: draws the circle clockwise while envisioning the power going into the Circle while Crone reads following invocation:

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou be a meeting place of love, joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within this circle. Wherefore do I bless and consecrate you, in the names of Inanna and Dimuzi.” CRONE replaces sword in front of altar and HPS .

GOMORY hands MARA each element as MARA calls in the watchtowers, and light each candle that burns throughout the service. MARA will go to each person while saying: I’m calling down the North, feel the Earth, and each person around the circle will feel the earth in the bowl, etc.

 

GOMORY:

Beltane is also known as May Eve, or May Day. It celebrates 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 the Rainbow spectrum. Beltane is a festival of flowers, fertility, sensuality, and delight. Beltane and Samhain, which fall exactly six months apart, are considered to be the turning point of the year. On these days, the veil between the human and supernatural worlds is at its thinnest, making them potent days for magic crafting.

A May basket filled with flowers and goodwill is given to someone in need of healing and caring, such as a shut-in or elderly friend. A wreath of freshly picked flowers is worn, as one feels them selves radiating joy and beauty. Dress in bright colors. Dance the Maypole and feel yourself balancing the Divine Female and Male within. On May Eve, bless your garden in the old way by making love with your lover in it. Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck. Welcome in the May at dawn with singing and dancing.

Forms include a pole, tree, bush, or cross.  In Germany, Fir tree was cut on May Eve by young unmarried men, branches removed, decorated, put up in the village square, & guarded all night until the dance occurred on May Day.  In England, permanent Maypoles were erected on village greens. In some villages, there also were smaller Maypoles in the yards of households. Maypole ribbon dances, with two circles interweaving around the decorated pole, are performed as clockwise circle dances.

Traditionally, sacred woods kindled by spark from flint or by friction — in Irish Gaelic, the Beltane Fire has been called teine eigin (fire from rubbing sticks).  Jump over the Beltane Fire, move through it, or dance clockwise around it for purification and fertility blessings. In ancient times rowan twigs were carried around the fire three times, then hung over hearths to bless homes.  Rolling in May Eve dew or washing face in pre-dawn May Day dew for health, luck, and beauty. Getting head and hair wet in Beltane rain to bless the head. Blessing springs, ponds, and other sacred waters with flowers, garlands, ribbons, and other offerings. Collecting sacred waters and scrying in sacred springs, wells, ponds, and other waters.

Union with the Land, is often accomplished with actual mating outside on the Land to bless fields, herds, and home.  The May Queen or Bride is a personification of the Earth Goddess and Goddesses of Fertility. The May King or Groom is a personification of the Vegetation God, Jack-in-Green is often covered in green leaves. The  May Queen & May King, could be represented by an already bonded pair, symbolizing the union of Goddess and God throughout all the aspects of the ceremony as well as after…

GOMORY: INVITES AND INTRODUCES HP AND MAY QUEEN TO BRING IN BELTANE

FORESTIERE: AS YOU LIGHT THE GODDESS CANDLE
Hallowed Lady of the Hawthorn,
Goddess of the greenwood groves,
we call upon Thee in the season of Thy Sensuality,
as Thy blossom opens to the amorous advances of our Lord, Thy Lover.
In Thy union is the fertility of Spring,
and the beckoning whisper of young desire.

Touch us with the breath of Thy passion,
that we might seek for the ecstasy of life!
Inflame us with the fever of Thine inmost longings
that we not be satisfied until our oneness
with the God is consummated!

Capture us with the fragrances of Thine allurement,
that we may be overwhelmed with an obsession for Thy presence!
Bright Maiden of May, be here among us as we celebrate
the Beltane blessings of Thy bridal-bed!
Blessed Be!

MICHELE: AS YOU LIGHT THE GOD CANDLE

Jack in the Green
quietly sitting under every tree

You drink from the empty acorn cup
the dew the dawn sweetly bestows.
And tap your cane upon the ground signaling  “it’s time to grow”

You wear the colors of all that is around you
do you never sleep?
does the green run deep in your heart so?

Do the changing times, with motorways and power lines
keep us apart?

Well…I don’t think so
I saw some grass growing through
the pavements today

The Rowan the Oak and the Holly tree
are the charges left for you to groom

Sovereign Jack in the Green, be pleased within this Circle to remain,
as we celebrate Spring and the beginning of Thy reign!
Blessed Be!

FORESTIERE: Crowning of the May Queen

At this point, SILVANO goes to the altar and take up the garland-crown of flowers. He will then face Michele, (the acting Maiden), lifting the crown above her head as he speaks the words of her coronation as the May Queen. Optionally he will place a flower in each woman’s hair.

I give praise to Thee,
vibrant sensual Goddess;
Lady of Spring, exuberant Earth maiden,
dancing in joyous abandon across hillside and field
in vivacious hues of brightness,
exuding the wondrous essence of waving wildflowers.

Wherefore I offer unto Thee
this floral crown of Thy creation,
laid now upon your head
as the splendor of Nature’s art;
the colored gift of May,
scented with the mystery and majesty
that is the Maiden!
All Hail, Lady Fair,
with flowered gifts for Thy hair!

Kindling of the Balefire: The SILVANO and MICHELE will go to the kindling prepared for the fire (if the rite is held outdoors) located near the Southern quarter of the circle. Otherwise, a candle within the cauldron is substituted. The priest will light the balefire as the priestess recites the following incantation:

MICHELE:
Strike the fire and let it rise,
Beltane flames ‘neath Spring-night skies!
Ancient customs we now renew,
‘Tween dusky dark and evening dew!
Fire with warmth of Summer shine,
Invoking Gods from Older Times
For fertile crops with Sun-fed rays,
Gardens of plenty and golden days!

Dancing of the May Pole

With music, each lady will take a ribbon and dance around the pole wile the Priest stand in the middle holding the pole. In this way, each lady is tethered through the ribbon to the male energy of the High priest, or Lord, for this celebration.

The Great Rite
Alina has a fascinating “experiment” she’s been doing with her Tarot she wants to share. We need to give her about 15 or 20 min. then:
The HPS announces the intent of the Coven before throwing and interpreting the I-Ching. Each member then picks a tarot card and we interpret how that card defines their role for the period of time defined.

Parting Prayers

FORESTIERE:
Maiden Lady, Queen of May,
bestow upon us in overflowing measure
Thy youthful passion for love and life
as we rejoice in the sensual stirrings of the season.
All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!

MICHELE:
Sovereign Lord,
at this Sabbat of Springtime’s warmth,
bestow upon us the heated breath of Thy lust for living
as we depart this sacred space with the joyous blessings
of Thy Beltane benediction.

All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!

EMI: Thank Silvano and Michele for honoring the rite of Beltane and ask Alina to release quarters and Crone to open the circle.

CRONE dismisses Deity and takes the sword and traces the Circle counterclockwise as SILVANO sings:

The circle is open, but unbroken, may the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart. Merry meet, and merry part and merry meet again.

He sings it again as the member joins the second time before we all leave.

Cacama

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