Beltane is an ancient Celtic Festival celebrated on May Day which is May 1st. It is also known as the Gaelic May Day Festival. Usually Beltane is observed between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice and it marks the beginning of Summer. During the Beltane festivities one honors life. The veil to the spirit world is also very thin at this time.
Beltane is directly opposite of Samhain on the Witches Wheel of the Year. We celebrate the Goddess and her beautiful divine feminine energies, her fertility and unity with the God. Often at large festivals, the unity of the Divine Feminine and Masculine are symbolized in the traditional dance around the maypole. The lovely ribbons represent the Goddess while the pole itself represents the God. Beltane is traditionally celebrated with the lighting of bonfires, fertility rites, feasting and dancing.
The word Beltane finds Its origin in the Celtic God “Bel” which means, “the bright one” and the Gaelic word “teine” which means “fire”. There are many ways in which you can celebrate Beltane if you cannot participate in an actual festival. Here at the Green Witch Temple, I encourage you to turn within and access your own Spirit. Every idea and ancient tradition originated somewhere with a thought. So, what represents fertility and the aspects of Beltane to you? Use these ideas to shape your own rituals and traditions.
MAKING THE CELEBRATION YOUR OWN
To embrace this year’s Beltane festivities I decided that I wanted to make my own personal Beltane herbal incense blend.
I looked up the magical properties of a number of herbs that I knew I would possibly want to use in the blend. Once I narrowed it down to the base ingredients which carried the energies I desired, I activated the herbs by blessing and enchanting each of them. By adding the oils I wanted and crushed incense that I loved, I was able to create my own unique and beautiful blend. I’ll share my recipe with you for my base ingredients at the end of this article.
Here are some ideas for activities you can do at home if you are not able to make it to a Beltane Festival. I will actually be doing all of these this year.
- Begin your garden. I have a small garden that I’ve started. It basically consists of some basil, tomatoes and cucumbers. So on Beltane I will be adding new herbs seedlings to it. Take this time to say blessings over your seedlings and herbs. You may find the outcome to be magical.
- Do a mini bonfire in a little cauldron or pot in home or use your barbecue grill to do a bonfire outside. I will be personally using this time to burn some handmade ancestor money to my ancestors. Among other rituals which I will be performing around the bonfire.
- Do rituals for the home to draw and success protection and open roads for your family.
- One thing I learned this year is the Beltane used to be celebrated with people doing blood sacrifices. I will be doing a bit of blood sorcery myself to work out some new beginnings in certain areas of my life. P.S. I only draw out a small drop from a finger with a medical lance, don’t be alarmed. I love me.
- Make herbal Beltane candles. Simply roll your candle in oil along with lovely enchanted flowers and herbs of your choosing. Give them your beautiful Beltane blessing and enjoy.
- Decorate your home with festive flowers, streamers, balloons and candles. The colors of Beltane are red white silver and green. The red represents strength, passion, vibrancy and vitality. The white and the silver represent cleansing, clearing and power to disperse negativity. The green represents growth, abundance and fertility.
- Have a feast. Make it it a true celebration.
These are just a few ideas to get the cogs in your mind turning. I’m sure by now you have come up with a few ideas of your own. You guys know how I love to share information. A great book to gather ideas from for every Sabbath is a book by M. Flora Peterson entitled “The Simple Sabbath – A Family Friendly Approach to the Eight Pagan Holidays”. I’m sure you’ll be able to glean something from the wisdom in this book.
Below is a list of the base ingredients which I used for my Beltane incense blend. Along with a few tips on how to make it personal.
I wish you a Blessed Beltane. May this season usher in newness of life and open up the roads to all that is good within the divine unto you. And cause you to be overtaken with love, peace, protection and prosperity always. Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet again, Enjoy!
Base Ingredients for Michelle’s Beltane Incense Blend:
These are the magical herbs I used and what I charge them to draw into the mixture.
Hibiscus flower – Love
Chamomile- Love, Healing, Stress Reduction
Eucalyptus- Protection, Healing, Purification
Pine Needles- New Beginnings, Prosperity, Success, Strength, Grounding, Growing, Repel Negativity
Fennel Seed- Strength, Vitality, Protection
Ginger- Prosperity, Success
Whole Cinnamon- Success, Healing, Protection, Love, Luck, Strength
- Whenever you are mixing, grinding herbs etc. Make sure to go clockwise to draw an energy and counterclockwise to draw away negative energies.
- There are no exact measurements in this blend, make it your way.
- Be sure to bless each herb individually. Tell the herb what its job is in this mixture. Set your intent and be confident that your will shall be so.
Oils I added:
I added a very little of each of these oils so as not to overpower the scent of the herbs themselves.
I used to Frankincense oil, Cedarwood oil, lavender oil, a blend of Purification oil which contained Clove oil, Lemon oil, Cinnamon leaf oil, Eucalyptus oil, Rosemary oil, Lemongrass oil, and Myrtle oil.
I also used a Peace of oil blend which contained Cedarwood oil, Orange oil, Tangerine oil, Cinnamon Leaf oil, Patchouli oil Dark, Thyme Red oil, Ylang Ylang oil.
Now I know this sounds like a lot but it’s really not, it smells heavenly. Please feel free to add whatever essential oils you like or omit some that I have added. Make this blend your own. Use herbs and oils that speak to your own spirit and draw in the energy as you desire for your home. Blessings!