Today I hosted a Beltane ritual with my husband for a new friend and our roommate. Beltane is a celebration of fertility, but we chose to celebrate the Faeries since kids were originally planned to be present. (They couldn’t make it.) Here is a picture of our altar after the ritual; I forgot to take a picture before:
I am in love with this fabric; it is simply perfect for Beltane. It is also silky and floaty, which the picture doesn’t convey–perfect for honoring the Faeries.
To begin, I said words to open the ritual and create sacred space, offering some thyme mixed with lavender to the fire. Our guest said the prayer for honoring the Earth Mother and made an offering of bread. I then called the Ancestors and tossed some mugwort into the flames. Our guest called the Nature Spirits (offering thyme and lavender) and Deities–my husband poured some wine into the fire for their offering. I honored the fairies with fruit & nut trail mix.
After personal praise offerings, I took an Omen for the ritual asking what blessings were offered to us.
The rune on the left is Ingwaz, a rune of fertility–perfect for Beltane. In the middle is Hagalaz, hail; I see it as transformative from harm to healing. Finally we have Sowilo, sun and strength. All in all, this is a very positive Omen for Beltane!
I called for a blessing into a bowl of water and sprinkled everyone with it, including myself. We then thanked everyone we had called in reverse order, returned to ordinary space, and ended the ritual.
I will elaborate more on the ritual script on Sunday, after I perform it for the congregation at the Unitarian Universalist church I attend. I prefer to keep the script private until then to have more of an impact on attendees.
The ritual was simple but beautiful. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to performing it for my church.