possible, celebrate Beltane in a forest or near a living tree. If this is
impossible, bring a small tree within the circle, preferably potted; it can be
of any type.
a small token or charm in honor of the wedding of the Goddess and God to hang
upon the tree. You can make several if you desire. These tokens can be bags
filled with fragrant flowers, strings of beads, carvings, flower
garlands-whatever your talents and imagination can conjure.
the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.
the Blessing Chant.
the Goddess and God.
before the altar and say, with wand upraised:
of the night and of the Earth;
of the day and of the forests,
celebrate Your union as nature rejoices in a riotous blaze of color and life.
my gift, Mother Goddess and Father God, in honor of Your union.
the token(s) on the tree.
Your mating shall spring forth life anew,
profusion of living creatures shall cover the lands,
the winds will blow pure and sweet.
Ancient Ones, I celebrate with You!
of magic, if necessary, may follow. Celebrate the Simple Feast.
Circle is released.
Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of year, for the joining together of two substances to form a third is in the spirit of Beltane. Foods traditionally come from the dairy, and dishes such as marigold custard (see Recipes-Food) and vanilla ice cream are fine. Oatmeal cakes are also appropriate.