Dedicant Path Week 8 – High Day Recap – Beltane

1 05 2013
Beltane Panoram

Beltane (Photo credit: pyramis)

I did my Beltane rite at 5pm on Wednesday 1st May as an ending to the celebrations. I used the structure and wording from the Solitary Druid Fellowship’s ritual but with a few modifications e.g. incorporating a prayer to the Earth Mother I had previously written. I really liked the wording of the ritual, with its emphasis on affirming our relationship with the cosmos as the purpose of ritual. I wasn’t sure which deities to honour from the Irish pantheon for this rite, so I chose not to honour any specific deities but rather honoured them all generically. The gatekeeper was Manannan Mac Lir because I am finding myself developing quite a connection with him and am thinking he may end up being my Patron deity. I live on the coast and the ocean and fishing very much dominate our lives here so I feel it is right that he is honoured. I did the ritual alone in my house as I am to nervous to do things outside in public and I don’t have a garden. I enjoyed giving the offerings, however I mucked up with the offering to the fire as I poured the oil on the flame and it went out. For offerings I used oil for the fire and the gods, apple for the gatekeeper, seeds for the nature spirits, silver coin for the well, oats for the earth mother, incense for the tree and cider for the ancestors.  I will need to bring the offerings closer to me next time as they were on a desk which wasn’t close enough and trying to get them disrupted the flow somewhat. Also, doing it in the daytime had an effect on the atmosphere of the ritual as the candle didn’t really shine much (and I forgot to light two other candles). The ritual went well however I didn’t really feel any connection which disappointed me. I also got a strange omen reading. I decided to take three tarot cards (using Wildwood Tarot) – one for each kindred, asking “What blessings do the kindred offer me?” I received an upside down “The Seer” from the Shining Ones, the “Three of Arrows” meaning Jealousy from the Nature Spirits and “Ten of Stones” meaning Home from the Ancestors. Reading up what they meant, I’m not really sure what to make of the message as it doesn’t seem very positive. Putting together the messages, I think it might be telling me that there’s some negative emotions towards certain people that I need to deal with. However I’m not sure and am very confused.

The rest of my celebrations have included a big party with friends last night, making a maypole for my altar, decorating with flowers and hawthorn branches (Cornish tradition), going for a walk to nature to experience the beginning of summer, spending some romantic time with my partner and making summery foods like potato salad (vegan), flapjacks and homemade lemonade.


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4 responses

1 05 2013
vlaughlin

I actually prefer daytime rituals as I love the sun and Her light. There is no “rule” that says rituals have to be done at night! 🙂 Can you imagine a ritual for Summer Solstice taking place at night?

Blessings,
Victoria

1 05 2013
naturalpantheist

true, but I like the atmosphere created by the darkness and candles…my favourite time of the day is the evening once the sun has just set – its a magical time and I like doing rituals then too.

2 05 2013
vlaughlin

Very cool. 🙂 We all have our own preferences!

8 05 2013
Tee Fay

Hi there, I just read your above feedback and I’m also more of an evening/night person. I just adore taking a walk right after sunset (not before). It’s a magical time.

I also did a solitary Beltane ritual, and my very first! 🙂 Mine did not play out like a stunning scene from a romantic fantasy movie either, LOL. There were a few hiccups: didn’t like one of the songs that I’d downloaded, so I had to keep using my remote to skip that one; forgot the lighter for my candles *after* I had cast my circle, so I had to exit the circle to go and get it (not cool); and couldn’t fit all my offerings on my altar table. None of them to be precise! They had to go on a separate shelf.

But, I have read about some other people who are new to these things and how nothing ever seems to go quite how they’d planned, so I guess I was prepared for it to not be perfect. I decided in advance to just enjoy it and not stress if things got a bit wobbly (which they did).

I think you’ll be fine for your next celebration. Maybe you didn’t feel a connection because you were a bit tense about things not going quite right? We all have to start somewhere and I think it’s the same with anything. I don’t know if you bake, but I reckon the first time someone bakes a cake it’s hardly a work of art. But after several cakes … you get the idea.

I’d like to say “Bravo!” and congratulations for having the courage to celebrate in your own way like that and obviously putting a lot of thought and effort into it.

As for the tarot cards, well I’m not familiar with that deck, but if the “Seer” actually means someone who “sees” something, then maybe it means that there is some kind of misunderstanding, since the seer was upside down. A simple misunderstanding might lead to jealousy. Perhaps it’s you or someone else. It might be something that is very easily resolved by having a nice open conversation. 🙂

Thank you for sharing so honestly about your experiences! It has inspired me to write my own post on this subject in the next few days! 🙂

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