This Beltane ritual is designed to help you connect with energies of fertility, joy, abundance and unity in your life. Remember that although this can include sexual energy, you don’t have to have a partner to do it. Equally you may also celebrate the union of masculine and feminine energies and use that power to fuel other areas of your life such as a creative venture.
You will need:
- Material for a ritual fire or ritual fire-space. This can be a small fire you build in your back garden or you can create a small fire inside a non-flammable object such as a cast iron cauldron or even a camping pot. Please remember to be safe and create a space away from flammable items. You will also need to take safety precautions such as having a lid or sand available in case of any accidents. Remember that you are working with potent vitality energy so fire can become unpredictable. Alternatively, you can use a plate of candles. Use green, yellow, red and white colors.
- A plate of Beltane offerings – This can be wine and rich foods such as chocolate. You can also use good quality organic bread.
- Colored ribbons.
- Beltane Incense – You can buy a blend or make your own. Good materials for Beltane include ylang ylang, dragons blood, frankincense, rose petals, saffron, basil and sage.
Performing the Beltane ritual
Cleanse and purify your working space. It can help to take a ritual bath with sea salt and sage before you begin working.
Put your offerings on your altar or on a plate near to your Beltane fire. Dedicate them to the energies of spring, union and sacred fertility and abundance.
Light your Beltane fire and incense and allow the energy to begin to take hold. If you are using loose incense you may add some of your mixture to your fire.
Dedicate the fire to the themes of Beltane. You may say a simple invocation such as –
‘Fire burn, fire bright, peace and joy this Beltane night’
(If you choose you can add invocations to specific deities here)
As you take in the energy of fire, visualize vitality and energy emanating from the fire and merging with your own.
Allow the fire to fill your vision with abundance and plenty. If you have a specific goal you want to work with you can use a representation and let the light from your fire fall on it. This can be a written intention or a crystal or other object you have charged with magickal intent.
When you have felt the energies begin to take hold gather your ribbons. You may attach them to your wand or other piece of wood (such as Rowan), or you can plait them into your hair. Begin to plait your ribbons together as you visualize the union of masculine and feminine energies.
Say – ‘I call forth and celebrate the sacred union. With joy and love may my workings be filled with fertile abundance.’
Feel the energies uniting and allow the light of the fire to fall onto the plaits you’ve made. If you choose you can also celebrate with sacred orgasm.
When you have finished, you may mindfully eat your offerings. Take care to notice the flavors and textures and appreciate the sensations of plenty. Allow this to be a celebration of the energies you have just invoked.
Carefully extinguish your fire, or allow it to burn out if you will be able to tend to it until it does so. Thank the energies for their presence and dismiss them (remember to do this, as you don’t want potent fire energy hanging about your ritual space!)
Gather colorful objects which represent the themes of Beltane. Use ribbons, flowers, candles, crystals and incense. Decorate your altar with these items and sit in meditation as you envisage the energies of abundance, fertility and joy gathering in your life.