Beltaine Ritual Title
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Preparing the Altar

Altar candles should be dark green
Incense may be lilac (or any other appropriate for Beltaine).
Circle may be decorated with seasonal flowers
Circle candles remain the usual colors for the Elementals.
Cauldron contains a dark green candle; have a dish for the libation.
Have woodruff on the altar to burn.
Have wood chips from birch, oak, rowan (ash), willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, vine, and/or fir on the altar to burn.

This rite is for solitary use but may be altered for family or coven participation. The envisionings are suggestions only.
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Sweep circle area; lay out circle and altar items; bathe and robe. Ligth incense and altar candles. Ring bell three times and say:

The circle is about the be cast
and I freely stand within
to greet my Lady and my Lord.

:Take center candle and light each candle of the circle moving north, then east, south, and west, and say:

(N) I call upon light and earth at the north to illuminate and strengten the circle.
(E) I call upon llight and air at the east to illuminate and enliven the circle.
(S) I call upon light and fire at the south to illuminate and enliven the circle.
(W) I call upon light and water at the west to illuminate and cleanse the circle.

Take athame in upraised hand, begin circle at north and move around the circle north to east to south to west, and say:

I draw this circle in the presence of the
Goddess and the God where they may come
and bless their child, (name).

Lower the athame at the north, and as you walk around the circle, envision a blue light shooting out from the point and forming the circle boundary, and say:

This is the boundary of the circle.
Only love shall enter and leave.

return to the altar and ring bell three times. Place point of athame in the salt and say:

Salt is life and purifying.
I bless this salt to be used in this circle
In the names of the Goddess and the God (names).

Pick up salt bowl and use tip of athame to drop three portions of salt into the water bowl and set salt bowl back in its place. Stir three times with athame and say:

Let the blessed salt purify this water
That it may be blessed to use in theis sacred circle.
In the names of the Goddess and God, (names),
I consecrate and cleanse this water.

Take the salted water bowl in hand and sprinkle water from it as move deosil around the circle
(N-E-S-W-N), and say:

I consecrate this circle in the names of the Goddess and the God, (names),
the circle is conjured a circle that is purified and sealed.
So mote it be!

Return the water to the altar and pick up censer; take it around the circle to cense it; return cense toa altar. Take anointing oil, make a Solar Cross ringed by a circle on your forehead, and say:

I, (name), am consecrated in the names
In this, their circle.

If working with family members or a coven, open a door in the circle with the athame for all to enter. Use anointing oil to trace a Solar Cross n a circle on their foreheads as each person enters, having said some kind of greeting, such as the Wiccan, "I come in perfect love and perfect trust." Then close the door with the athame.

Take the wand and hold it aloft with both arms open and upraised at the north of the circle (envision a powerful bull arriving) and say:

I call upon you Elemental Earth,
to attend this rite and guard this circle,
for as I have body and strength,
we are kith and kin!

Lower wand and move to the east, raise up wand (see devas, faeries, or an eagle in flight), and say:

I call upon you, Elemental Air,
To atten this rite and guard this circle,
For as I breathe and think,
We are kith and kin!

Lower wand and move to the south, raise up wand (see a dragon), and say:

I call upon you, Elemental Fire,
To atten this rite and guard this circle,
For as I consume life to live,
We are kith and kin!

Lower wand and move to the west, hold wand aloft (see an undine, a sea serpent, or a dolphin) and say:

I call upon you, Elemental Water,
To attend this rite and guard this circle,
For as I feel and my heart beats,
We are kith and kin!

Return to the altar and use wand to draw the symbol of infinity (an 8 lying on its side) in the air above the altar, the sign of working between the worlds. Set wand on altar and raise up athame in both hands overhead and say:

Hail to the elementals at the four quarters.
Welcome Lady and lord to this rite!
I stand between the worlds
with love and power all around!

Set down athame and pick up goblet of wine. Pour a little into the cauldron. This is a libation to the Divine in which they are honored by offering to them the first draught, then you take a sip. You may prefer to have a bowl specifically for the libation. Ring bell three times and say:

The Goddess of summer walks through the land
with the God of the forest,
and the dark time of winter is behind me.

Ring bell seven times and say:

The animals breed and the plants pollinate,
as the May Queen and Green Man bestow their blessings
upon the earth and earth's creatures.
I, who am their child, (name), rejoice with them
and ask that their happy union become the example
for all humanity to live in love and harmony.

Light the candle in the cauldron and say:

The dark days are cleared away that the May Day can now begin!

Drop some of the woodruff into the flame and say:

May the light of May fire bring happiness and peace.
And may the victory of the King of the Wood come into my life
That I may dwell in the joy of the Lady and the Lord.
So mote it be!

As you state the properties of each, drop wood chips one by one into the flame (be careful, and it is always good to use a small caldron that can be covered with a snuffer in case things get out of hand - you don't need to use a lot of chips, just a little for the symbology):

I burn thee Birch to honor the Goddess;
And now add thee Oak to honor the God.
Thou Rowan I add for a magical life;
And add thee Willow to celebrate death.
Thou Hawthorne I burn for faeries near me;
Thou Hazel I burn for wisdom you bring.
I add thee good Apple to bring me love;
And thou vine whose fruit is sybol of joy.
Fir you are added as the symbol of rebirth;
Your sweet savor reminds me of my immortality.
My blessings I give to all of thee,
And thy blessings I call from thee upon me.
So as I will, so mote it be!

Hold up the goblet in both hands and say:

I greet the time of unions and give
Honor to the Lord and the Lady
For their fruitfulness!

Take a sip from the goblet and set back on the altar.

Note:Do not add libation to the hot cauldron. Use a separate bowl for this.

Now is the time to perform any planned magickal spells or divination.

Cakes and Wine: Ring bell three times. Feet spread and arms upraised, say:

I acknowledge my needs and offer my appreciation
to that which sustains me! May I ever remember
the blessings of my Lady and my Lord.

Feet together, take up goblet in left hand and athame in right. Slowly lower the point to the athame into the wine and say:

As male joins femal for the benefit of both,
Let the fruits of their union promote life.
Let the earth be fruitful and let her wealth
Be spread throughout all lands.

lay down the athame and drink from the goblet. Replace the goblet on the altar and pick up the athame. Touch the poin to the athame to the ake in the offering dish and say:

This food is the blessing of the Lady
and the Lord given freely to me.
as freely as I have received,
may I also give food for the body, mind,
and spirit to those who seek such of me.

Eat the food, finish the wine, and say:

As I enjoy these gifts of the Goddess and the God, (names)
May I remember that without them I would have nothing.
So mote it be!

When all is finished, hold athame in your power hand level over the altar and say:

Lord and Lady, I am blessed by your sharing this time with me,
Watcing and guarding me, and guiding me here and in all things.
I came in love and I depart in love.

Raise up the athame in a salute and say:

Love is the law and love is the bond.
Merry did I meet, merry do I part,
And merry will I meet again.
The circle is now cleared. So mote it be!

Kiss the flat of the blade and set the athame on the altar. Take up the snuffer and go to the north quarter, raise up arms and say:

Depart in peace, Elemental Earth. My blessings take with you!

Lower arms and snuff the candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Go to the east, raise up arms and say:

Depart in peace Elemental Air. My blessings take with you!

Lower arms and snuff candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Got to the south, raise up arms and say:

Depart in peace, Elemental Fire. My blessings take with you!

Lower arms and snuff candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Go to the west, raise up arms and say:

Depart in peace, Elemental Water. My blessings take with you!

Lower arms and snuff the candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Return to the alter and set down snuffer. Raise up arms and say:

Beings and powers of the visible and invisible,
depart in peace! You aid in my work,
whisper in my mind, and bless me from
the Otherworld, and there is harmony between us.
My blessings take with you. The circle is cleared.

Take up athame, go to the north quarter, point athame down and move widdershins around the circle (N-W-S-E-N). Envision the blue light drawing back into the athame and say:

The circle is open yet the circle remains
As its magickal power is drawn back into me.

When you return to the north having walked the circle, raise up the athame so the blade touches your forehead and envision the blue light swirling around back into you. Return to altar and say:

The ceremony is ended.
Blessings have been given
And blessings have been received,
may the peace of the Goddess and the God
Remain in my heart.
So mote it be!

Set down the athame. Put away all magical tools and clear the altar except for candles or any objects that need to burn out or work for a stated time (such as candle magick). The cauldron or libation bowl contents are poured onto the earth (or out in the yard, or into a flowerpot containing soil and perhaps a hardy, leafy, green plant). Be sure to carefully extinguish the flame in the cauldron.

Traditional foods are those flavored with flowers, such as cookies made with rose extract and custard containing marigold or nasturtium, oatmeal cakes and wine flavored with flower petals of rose or nasturtium, or dandelion wine. Also, fruity wine, spiced pears, and cinnamon bread with raisins, almonds and almond paste may be used.
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