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May 1st 2020. The Wheel of the Year turns to Beltane
As this day arrives, the world is still facing a huge challenge and will be forever changed. However, humanity is resilient and resourceful . Even in the face of Covid -19 we can continue to seek out joy and still do things that honour the earth and mark the energies at each point on the Wheel Of The Year.
Even if we can’t currently go outside to gather around the Bel Fires, hold outdoor handfasting ceremonies or dance in groups around the Maypole, this day will still represent the very zenith of Spring and the start of Summer. With that in mind, at the end of this article are my details for a Beltane love ritual that you can enjoy performing indoors and individually.
On the Pagan Wheel Of The Year, Beltane is our time to celebrate life force, sexuality, fertility and partnership. It’ll always be a very powerful time for us and for Earth. We can still do this!
The Bel Fire
The word Beltane has it’s name origins from from the Celtic God Bel- known as ‘The Bright One’ combined with the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire.
One of the deepest and most profound ways that people would honour the ‘Bright Fire’ would be to light bonfires and pay tribute to the Sun, so that there would be light and nurture for the harvest.
The ring of fire would give light and protection for the rest of the year to those gathered together. People would- and still do- jump the fire to cleanse, purify and and encourage fertility. Couples would join together and jump the fire as a pledge to one another. The smoke from the fire was also seen as a protection from disease. All the livestock of a community was also driven through the smoke in a smudging and protection ritual.
The Great Marriage
Beltane marks the ‘Great Marriage’ of the Goddess and the God, the masculine and the feminine energies combining to bring forth fertility to the land.
The crowned May Queen and the May King are symbols of this Great Marriage. This union has merrily been celebrated and adopted by humans throughout time.This is the night of the ‘Greenwood Marriage’ a joyful celebration of sexuality sensuality, passion, vitality – and conception.
Beltane is the most popular time for pagan weddings or Handfastings. This is the ancient and traditional way of betrothal in which a couple make vows to each other for ‘a year and a day’- after which they can choose to stay together or to part without any blame.
This way of joining together predates the notion of Christian weddings with their ‘death do us part’ energy and philosophy by many thousands of years. Nowadays, the length of commitment after a Handfasting is a matter of choice for the couple.
Handfasting involves tying the hands of the two people involved in a figure of eight during the ceremony and then later unbinding
Tying the hands together symbolises that the two people have come together and the unbinding means that they choose to remain together of their own free will.
Another Beltane tradition is ‘jumping the broomstick’.
This predates Christian wedding ceremonies and then later in time when two people who either didn’t want or couldn’t afford a church ceremony, would literally jump together over a broom laid on the ground. The community would then see them as joined.
Dancing Around The May Pole
People still love to wear May Day Crowns made of flowers on this day and the tradition continues of ‘maidens’ dancing in a circle around the Maypole.
The flower crowns and the circle represent the divine feminine/ female sexuality and join with the masculine phallic symbol of the pole to symbolise and celebrate fertility
A Beltane Ritual
To mark Beltane and show you a way to bring it’s joyful energy into your love life, I’m going to focus on manifesting love into our lives by showing you a simple colour candle ritual.
It’s essential to remember that when we’re working to reinforce or attract love energy we must never attempt to subvert the free will of others. Any energetic work we do which tries to manipulate others should not be attempted. This kind of intent is never going to end in success and can backfire.
What our intent needs to be here is one of to co-creating a strong love energy around us in a loving and positive way. This colour candle ritual can be used to truly help us attract the right person into our lives or to strengthen the love energy of an existing situation.
This is a ritual that is perfect to carry out on Beltane, this most powerful point on the Wheel of the Year for love, sensuality and fertility.
Here we’re using the power of the colour pink- the colour of the Heart Chakra and the traditional colour historically and culturally associated with love. By lighting candles we’re also bringing in the flame aspect of the Beltane Fire.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
A calm space and time where there are not likely to be any interruptions at all
A pair of pink candles. These can be any type that you feel comfortable with, for example dinner candles, smaller pillar candles or even tealights.
The most essential thing is that the candles are a matched pair. You can use Rose Oil to ‘dress’ your candles – or you can purchase rose scented candles.
Rose Quartz Crystals- they will need to be a pair but don’t have to match in size and shape. They can be any form- tumbled, polished or raw, placed next to your candle
If you enjoy or connect energetically to The Tarot, you can place ‘The Lovers’ or ‘Two of Cups’ cards next to your pair of pink candles during the ritual.
If you wish to strengthen an existing relationship it’s a powerful addition to have a picture of the two of you to place next to your candles -preferably one taken at a happy time or in a loving situation.
If you’re working to invite or attract the right person into your life- make a list of all the qualities you feel that your ideal person would posses to be truly compatible with your wishes and your life. Be very detailed about their personality, appearance etc. The Universe loves specifics!
THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE RITUAL
Once you have your candles and any other objects together in the calm physical space you’ve chosen, it really only needs your own power to visualise in order to activate the energy. The Beltane colour candle ritual can be worked at any time you feel happy – day or night.
You can sit down or stand to work this ritual, the most important thing to is to be calm and relaxed. Take several deep cleansing breaths as you feel and visualise your feet connecting to the Earth below you. This will help you to remain grounded throughout your ritual. According to whichever way you wish to manifest love into your life here are some suggestions about the kind of visualisation that would work well.
You’ve made your list and you’ve been specific- so you’ve done the hard work!
As you light your candles ‘see’ yourself in enjoyable and loving situations with this perfect partner. They don’t have to be overly romantic or dramatic. They can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. The really important thing is to feel this happy blissful energy – that of being with the person you love and who loves you in return as if they are already in your life.
Enjoy this visualization for as long as you feel comfortable- the important thing is that you have focused on what you wish to manifest. By the list you’ve made, the use of the colour candles and the energetic intent you’ve put out to the Universe you’ve made a shift in your reality.
When you feel ready, take the list you’ve made, roll up the paper into a scroll and put it in a place where it can stay undisturbed.
You can clear away your candles etc when ready or put them in a place where you can see them permanently as a reminder of the love you have manifested into your life.
TO IMPROVE AN EXISTING RELATIONSHIP
This is basically exactly as above, except that you already know the other person concerned, As suggested previously in this article, include a picture of the two of you in happier times.
Again, visualise those romantic, loving times between you – remembering past situations you’ve been in together and seeing those yet to come!
When you feel ready, take the happy picture of the two of you and put it in a place where it will be undisturbed. Extinguish your candles, knowing that your colour candle ritual is complete and that you’ve ‘refreshed’ and manifested a more loving energy into your existing relationship
Wishing you all a truly Beautiful Beltane- full of love and passion !