I was asked to host a Beltane ritual at the Unitarian Universalist church I attend shortly after the normal service this past Sunday. Leading up to the ritual, I was so thrilled simply to have the opportunity to provide ritual to the congregation in a very public setting. Mostly I was excited to share my faith with others and to show them what Paganism is about.
This ritual was very similar to the one performed on Sunday that I wrote about here, with some small tweaks. I added a final offering after the participant offerings to provide a climax to the ritual. We also had everyone kneel down and touch the Earth Mother as we called Her to ritual. We also asked the children attending to wave their faery wands they had made earlier to help us call them.
In my opinion, the ritual went very well–much better than the one on Friday. The larger number of participants (about 7) probably helped things. I also feel that the final offering provided a much needed “high point” to the ritual. Almost everyone after the ritual said they enjoyed it and thanked me for it.
The picture of the Omen won’t post correctly, so I will simply write about it here.
The first rune I drew was Kenaz, torch. I see this rune as a rune of transformation and purification. The second rune I drew was Berkano, birch. Berkano is symbolic of the Earth Mother and new beginnings. The last rune drawn was Sowilo, sun and strength. All in all, this is a very positive Omen that points to the warmth of the Sun, reverence of the Earth Mother, and a new beginning due to some transformation.
I am so glad I was able to give my church family a glimpse of my world. I hope I have blessed them as much as I feel they have blessed me.