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Beltaine Ritual

All Coveners wait in the east.

Priest , Priestess and Master of ceremonies enter from the east and begin cleansing the circle.

Cleansing :

All three : Each with his/her besom :Sweep the circle , concentrate on eliminating the darkness in our souls : sweep away bad habits, malevolent thoughts, and anything other which impedes our enlightenment. Sweep the circumference three times. Play appropriate music.

Priestess: Go to altar place some salt in water and stir three times. Walk circle sprinkling salt water. Repeating the following three times:

I cleanse this Circle with Water and with Earth

So to prepare for Rite and Mirth.

Priest: Go to altar light purification incense and pick up candle walk around the circle and repeat three times:

I cleanse this Circle with Fire and with Air

So for the this Rite we may prepare.

Erecting the Temple

Priestess: Cast the circle: Walk around three times (Recite the following once per circumambulation).

I cast this circle thrice about

To bring good in and shut evil out.

I erect this Temple with Ancient Might

May the Power of Magick protect this Rite.

From East and South and West and North

The Spirits we shall soon call forth.

From Above and from Bellow

the Circle's Power now will grow

Call the quarters

Priestess:( goes to the east, carrying her yellow candle lights the candle with her candle)

Hail to the Spirit of the East and Air

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Priestess: (go to the South and light the candle and incense)

Hail to the Spirit of the South and Fire

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Priest ( Go to the West and light the candle and incense)

Hail to the Spirit of the West and Water

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Priest: ( Go to the North , light candle and incense)

Hail to the Spirit of the North and Earth

To Guard this circle we call on thee.

Join us now in Rite and Prayer.

Welcome Spirit and blessed be.

Inviting in the Coveners and guests

Master of ceremonies: Opens a door in the east. And calls out.

Come one come all to share in this Rite

For the Lady and Lord are wed tonight.

(As each Covener walks up he/she is blessed by the Priest or Priestess, according to gender)

Come forth now and enter this sacred site

I Bless you with herb and oil and light.

When all have entered

The Rite of Beltaine

Master of ceremonies:

This is a time of year where again the veil is thin. We call the Fey to share with us in this Rite and Feast as their help, guidance and Magick are welcome in our lives throughout the year.

Through the veil hear this call

Loving hearts come one and all

Join us now in work and play

From now until the break of day.

This is the celebration of the union of the Lady and the Lord. The fruits of their union will nourish and keep us through the year to come. We celebrate the fertility of the womb of the Earth Mother and the strength of the seed of the Lord. Neither Lord nor Lady would thrive without the other. We celebrate the union of opposites becoming much more than they were apart.

{ raising arms towards Priest and Priestess signifying them to come towards each other before him }

On this wondrous Beltaine night

We celebrate this ageless rite

The cloak of winter now is shed

The Lady and Lord today are wed.

As in ancient times we invite the lord and the lady into our midst. The Priest becomes the Lord and Priestess becomes the Lady.

Drawing down the Moon and the Sun

{priestess draws down the moon In Goddess position raises arms to sky..MC lights the Goddess Candle}

Priestess:

I invoke you Goddess of ancient power and might

Come now fill me with your light

Your earthly host please let me be

Pour your essence into me!!

{Priest draws down the sun: god position arms folded over chest. MC lights the God Candle}

Priest:

I invoke you God of ancient power and might

Come now fill me with your light

Your earthly host please let me be

Pour your essence into me!!

Blessing of the Athame and the Chalice

{Holding up the Athame:}

I enchant this Athame with Magick great

So that through it the Lord may mate.

His power here will manifest

And grow throughout this Beltaine fest

{Holding up the Chalice}

I enchant this chalice with Magick great

So that through it the Lady may mate

Her power here will manifest

And grow throughout this Beltaine fest

Great Rite:

 

Master of Ceremonies:

Now with the chalice the Athame unites

As the Lady and the Lord in the Greatest of rites

Male and Female, sun and earth

Together do join and to all give birth.

{ as the MC recites the rite the Priestess and Priest perform the Great Rite ( or the symbolic great Rite)}

{Priestess holds the Chalice and the priest holds the athame. He dips the point of the athame into the Chalice}

Priest:

Goddess, Maiden, Priestess , Lady

Accept my love for you this May day

As I now unite with thee

Beloved revered and blessed be

Priestess:

God and Lover , Lord and Priest.

I join with you now for this feast.

As I now unite with thee

Beloved revere and blessed be.

 

Meditation/ Magick

Priest and Priestess:

Time now is for Magick right,

For here abounds the power

In this circle of blessings bright

And in this sacred hour

(read/play meditation , perform any spells you may desire)

May Pole:

On this tree these ribbons bright

We tie upon this Beltaine night

We praise the lady and the lord

Who now are joined in good accord

To bring a fruitful harvest here

Once again this coming year.

 

Cakes and Ale

Priestess: ( Priest takes plate of cakes, holds it up to the priestess who holds her Athame over them)

These cakes a fruit the Earth doth bare

With all now here we wish to share

In hopes her bounty will bloom again

This offering to her we send.

Priestess takes a piece of the cake and places it in the libation bowl and then takes aq piece and eats it and passes it to the priest who also east of it and passes it around to the coven

Priest:( priestess takes chalice of wine, holds it up, Priest takes Athame and dips tip into wine)

We now share this gift of wine

Seed of the God fruit of the vine.

We offer libation unto the earth

urging her too unto rebirth.

Priestess pours a little into libation bowl then sips wine and passes chalice to priest who sips and passes it on to the coven.

Releasing the circle:

Priest and Priestess:

As we now prepare to end this rite.

We thank the spirits of Ancient Might:

For those of you who wish to stay

Aid us through this night and day

And those of you who now must go

our hopes and dreams please do know

Priest; (Holding arms up in praise, all hold arms up in praise)

Oh lady, Maiden, Mother and Crone .

With you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priestess:

Oh Lord, Father, Sun and Lover

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priest: (Moves to the East, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the East, Spirit of the Air:

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priest snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priest: (Moves to the South, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire:

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priest snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priestess: (Moves to the West, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water:

With you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priestess snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again

Priestess: (Moves to the North, Holds arms up in Praise):

Spirit of the North Spirit of Earth:

with you our hope and dreams we send

so that our prayers may never end

Let it be ,our will be done

Follow the Rede: an it harm none

Stay if you will, go if you must

in perfect love and in perfect trust

Again we give our praise and thanks to thee

beloved, revered and Blessed be.

(Priestess snuffs quarter candle)

All: Merry meet, merry part, merry met again:

Priestess and Priest return to Altar

Priestess and Priest:

The circle is open yet remains unbroken

to protect against evils said and unspoken

May soon again we merry meet

until then all blessed be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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