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.
I have struggled off and on with feeling connected to my Patron Goddesses, Freyja and Sunna. I feel like they probably know me better than I know them. So this morning I did some runic divination to see what I could do to know them better.
The first question I asked was, “How can I get to know Freyja better?” The runes I drew in response were Wunjo, Nauthiz, and Ingwaz. I interpreted Wunjo to be joy, Nauthiz to be oppression, and Ingwaz to be fertility. I will find joy through oppression and fertility. I am growing a garden right now, so that helps me become closer to Freyja, but I’m not sure what the oppression would be. I think I will just continue on the path I am on for now.
The second question I asked was, “How can I get to know Sunna better?” This time I drew the runes Mannaz, Laguz, and Thurisaz. I interpreted Mannaz to be the self, Laguz to be change, and Thurisaz to be something painful. I must experience painful change. Or at least that’s what I got out of it. I’m not really sure what I might need to change that would be painful or difficult. Perhaps I need to start some sort of regular meditation practice. Meditation in general is difficult for me.
However, a friend suggested that Mannaz means “person,” Laguz means intuition and emotions, and Thurisaz means something sudden or unexpected. His interpretation was that I should be aware of the sudden appearance of an emotional person, who I presume would somehow help me know Sunna in some way (perhaps teaching).
Honestly, I really have no idea how to interpret the runes drawn for Sunna. I don’t really get any sort of gut feeling when I pull runes. My mind is simply blank. My friend did suggest that I sleep on the runes I pulled for Sunna to trigger dreams that might clarify the reading. I will at least try it.
Does anyone out there have suggestions or advice on interpreting runes?
I woke up at 9 without an alarm; I had forgotten to set it. I missed sunrise, but sunlight was streaming through my window.
The Two Powers exercise went well. I switched the Powers–meaning I put my right hand over steaming mug and my left hand in the soil. I could feel the Sky Power strongly with my right hand. Earth Power was a bit more difficult. That’s something to work on!
Asked, “Kindreds,what blessings do you have for me today?”
Ingwaz–rune of Frey, fertility, honoring Ancestors
Wunjo–joy, bliss; general success, but be on the lookout for underlying issues
Othila–wealth passed down from generation to generation, completion of a task, being enclosed within self, inheritance
Perhaps some inheritance from the Ancestors is headed my way, perhaps not. Perhaps the Kindreds are advising me to honor my Ancestors today. I will honor them before breakfast with a cup of coffee.