Beltane May 1
Beltane is a day for fertility rites, light-hearted celebration and sexual revelry, for love-chases, maypole dancing and performing the Great Rite to honor the Mother: make May Baskets and weave flower garlands - choose a May Queen to represent the Goddess - wear green and crowns of flowers - dance naked in the crops or ride a broomstick through the fields, for the fertility of the land - leave offerings for fairies - gather in sacred groves - pay homage to your household gods. In the Wheel of the Year the Goddess and God reach young adulthood; both are in their green prime. They become lovers and consummate their union. There is joy throughout the land.
The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.
- Red for Love and Passion
- White for Peace and Harmony
- Green for Good Fortune and Wealth
- Purple for Spiritual growth
- Yellow for Joy
Or use what ever colors and words have special meaning to you.
Goddesses - All Flower Goddesses, Maeve, Tanit, Flora, Maia, Danu, Luna, Guinevere, Gaia
Gods - Robin Hood, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Pan, Bel, All Gods of the Hunt
Altar Decorations - Red and white candles, Seasonal Flowers and Garlands, Small Maypole, Goddess & God Statues, Faeries, Butterflies, Beads, Growing Plants, Plows, Cauldrons of Flowers, Brooms
Foods - Dairy, Oatmeal cakes, Bread, Cherries, Strawberries, Green Salads
Drinks - Mead, Fruit/Wine Punch, Milk & Honey,
White table wine
12 fresh strawberries sliced
sweet woodruff leaves
Place all ingredients in a large glass carafe, cover and chill for several hours
Flowers and Herbs
Hawthorn - Branches were used in Maypole Dances.
St. John's Wort - Gathered at sunrise on May Day, brings good luck to the family for its undertakings, especially those begun on that day. Hang the root up in the house on May Day to keep out unwanted spirits.
Ferns - collected at midnight on May Eve were believed to protect against evil influences and reveal hidden treasure.
White Willow Wands
Rowan - 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.
Beltane Fire Incense
* 2 parts Mugwort
* 1 part dried daffodil petals
* 1 part Basil
* 1 part Hawthorn berries
* 1 part Patchouli
* 1 part Cinnamon
* 1/2 part Dragon's Blood resin
Oils - Lavender, Rose, Frankincense, Myrrh, Jasmine
Colors - Red & White (symbolizing the Goddess and God), Pink, Brown & Green
Stones - Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Orange Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz
Animals - Swallow, Dove, Swan, Cat, Lynx, Leopard