Beltane 2011

High Priestess, sweeping widdershins around the ritual area:

“We sweep away all negativity from this circle and from ourselves.
We release negativity from our thoughts.
Within this circle, only positive energy remains.
We are safe and guarded within this sacred space.”

Priestess, asperging desoil with salt/water:
“We purify this circle with earth and water.
We purify with the blessed earth.
We purify with the cauldron waters of rebirth.
We purify this circle with the gifts of our Goddess.”

Priest, smudging desoil with lit incense:

“We purify this circle with fire and air.
We purify with the fire of creation.
We purify with the spirit winds.
We purify this circle with the gifts of our God.”

All stand at the edges of the ritual space.

High Priestess:
“Hand to hand we cast the circle,”

The priestess walks desoil to the next person in the circle and takes their hand saying:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

They continue around the circle, walking to the next person and as each person clasps the hand to their left they say:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

High Priestess, raising her hands, still linked, group follows:
“We cast the circle round and round,
from earth to sky,
from sky to ground.
This is a time that is not a time,
In a place that is not a place,
On a day that is not a day.
We consecrate this circle of power to the Goddess and God.
Here may they manifest and bless their children.
As we stand before the veil of mysteries.
May the Lord and Lady help and protect us on our magical journey.”

Unlink hands.

All face South, South Caller:
“Elements of Fire,
Force of will,
Power of creation.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face West, West Caller:
“Elements of Water,
Healing river,
Power of mystery.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face North, North Caller:
“Elements of Earth,
Eternal strength,
Power of life.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face East, East Caller:
“Elements of Air,
Tower of knowledge,
Power of intuition.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face center, High Priestess:
“This circle is bound,
With power all around.
Between the worlds we stand,
With protection close at hand.”

Call to the Goddess & God:

All face the center and raise arms, Priestess says:
“We give greetings to the Goddess of things wild,
Mother of budding trees,
Lady of churning waters,
Your children call you.
Come,
Join in our rites!
Bring your power and your love into our lives,
And into this sacred space.”

All face the center and raise arms, Priest says:
“We give greetings to the God of furious skies,
Father of wolf and stag,
Lord of the eternal fire,
Your children call you.
Come,
Join in our rites!
Bring your power and your love into our lives,
And into this sacred space.”

Sabbat Invocation (High Priestess):
“The power of the sun mingles now with the power of the earth. The Lord and Lady unite as their love blossoms into new life. Even as the cold sits in our bones, we can see the warmth and promise of growth. Let this season stir in you passions and motivations. See your everyday with new eyes. These are the blessings our Lord and Lady have bestowed upon us, their children. With each new bud and blossom, with each new birth and amorous advance, see the quickening energies of the Divine. Let your soul be open to the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds us. May the blessings of Beltane warm you like bale fires upon the hills.”

Crafts & Spellwork

Cakes & Ale (Priest):
Lift the plate of cakes and say:
“May the Goddess bless these cakes as the fruit of her womb.”

Lift the chalice of wine and say:
“May the God bless this wine as the fruit of his body.”

Priestess Says: (from http://heartsongshymnal.blogspot.com)
“My wish for you…
May you know enough sadness
to deepen your joy.
May you experience fear
that you may know your own courage.
May you feel loneliness
that you may cherish company.
May you be acquainted with death
that you may live fully.
May you experience hunger
that you may understand enough.
May you thirst just enough
to sweeten your cup.”

Pass the plate of cakes around the circle clockwise. The person handing the cakes off says:
“My sister/brother (as appropriate), may you never hunger.”
The person receiving the plate takes a cake and replies:
“May you always be sustained.”
The plate continues around the circle in this manner.

Pass the chalice around the circle clockwise. The person handing the chalice off says:
“My sister/brother (as appropriate), may you never thirst.”
The person receiving the chalice takes a drink and replies:
“May you always be sustained.”
The chalice continues around the circle in this manner.

When everyone has partaken in the cakes and ale (Priestess): (From Starhawk)
“All life is your own,
All fruits of the earth
Are fruits of your womb,
Your union, your dance.
Goddess and God
We thank you for blessings and abundance.
Join with us,
Feast with us,
Enjoy with us!
Blessed be.”

Thanks to Goddess & God:

All face the center and raise arms, Priest says:
“Lord, Father, God,
Your children thank you.
Our rites and our lives are more sacred because of your presence in them.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Know you are always welcome in our lives.
Blessed Be.”

All face the center and raise arms, Priestess says:
“Lady, Mother, Goddess,
Your children thank you.
Our rites and our lives are more sacred because of your presence in them.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Know you are always welcome in our lives.
Blessed Be.”

Thanks to Quarters:
All face East, East Caller:
“Elements of Air,
Tower of knowledge,
Power of intuition.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

All face North, North Caller:
“Elements of Earth,
Eternal strength,
Power of life.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

All face West, West Caller:
“Elements of Water,
Healing river,
Power of mystery.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

All face South, South Caller:
“Elements of Fire,
Force of will,
Power of creation.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

Join hands. Priestess:
“This is blessed by the Goddess and God. The circle is open yet it ever remains a circle. Around us and through us always flows its magical power. As around us and through us always flow the blessings and love of the Divine. In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust we depart.”

Hands are released starting with the Priestess and going counter-clockwise. As each person releases say:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

 

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