Beltane is a significant Wiccan Sabbat. It is celebrated tonight April 30 (May Eve) into tomorrow May 1st (May Day). It is drenched with heavy symbolism, mostly centering around the theme of fertility. For younger (or beginning) practitioners this motif can be intimidating so let me take a moment to explain . . . Late spring is a time when flowers and trees are in full blossom, animals are born and nature is fully awake (and fertile). These blossoming energies of nature affect our energy too, we become more attuned to the heightened power around us. Where as winter can feel slow and sleepy, spring (and Beltane) makes us come alive with light.
For this particular Sabbat, fertility symbols are heavily incorporated into ritual. The May Pole is a phallic symbol (honoring the God’s fertile energy) and the cauldron (and chalice) represent the Goddess’s womb (female energy). On Beltane we celebrate the Goddess and God, their sacred marriage and mating. In Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham expresses this elegantly in the following passage, “They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite” (66). This union can be represented in a variety of ways during a ritual in their honor. Here I’ve enclosed a solitary ritual for Beltane. We’ll use ribbons to represent the joining of the Goddess and God (a mini-maypole) as well as a candle to stand in for the Belfire.
Gwinevere’s Solitary Ritual for Beltane
Supplies You’ll Need:
- One White Candle
- Accompanying Candle Holder
- Jasmine Oil
- Carrier Oil ( i.e. Grapeseed Oil)
- Small Oil Bottle
- 12 inch Ribbons of Various Bright Colors (i.e. green, purple, yellow, pink)
Cast a circle (or just purify the area) and invoke the Goddess and God. Place your items out before you. Fill the oil bottle ¾ full of the carrier oil and add six drops of jasmine oil. Cap and shake. *** If jasmine oil is unavailable to you, olive oil (without a carrier oil) may be used as a substitute.
Take hold of the candle and anoint it with the oil mixture. Say,
“I purify this candle for ritual use in the name of the Lord and Lady. May its energy now align for this task. Be it pure, well and right.”
Dab the oil on your pulse points (inner wrists). Then place the candle in the holder. Light the wick. Speak this incantation,
“Lady of Flowers and Lord of Greenwood
I honor you tonight on this may eve.
May your marriage and mating
Bring forth good into the world
Bestow us with your peace and blessings
I celebrate your divine union
With love in my heart.
Light & Love”
When you finish, tie a knot and place your ribbon creation next to the candle. Now, push your hands over the flame away from your body to purify yourself of unwanted baggage. Take a moment to visualize negativity leaving you.
Follow by motioning your hands over the flame towards your body to bring forth wishes. Take a moment to visualize what you desire most (remember to Harm None!). Finally, let the candle burn as you record your experience in your BoS. When you’re done, extinguish the candle and close up your circle.