Beltane 2012

“Hand to hand we cast the circle,”
Clasp the hand to the left.
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”
Continue around the circle. As each person clasps the hand to the left:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

“We consecrate this circle of power to the Goddess and God.
Here may they manifest and bless their children.
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 come now to celebrate Beltane!
We stand before the veil of mysteries.
May the Lord and Lady help and protect us on our magical journey.”

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

Call to the Goddess & God:
“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.”

“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:
“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:
Lift the chalice:
“We drink this wine in praise to the Goddess, created from the fruits of her earth. My sister/brother (as appropriate), may you never thirst.”
“May you always be sustained.”

Lift the plate:
“We eat these cakes in praise to the God, created from the grains of his earth. My sister/brother (as appropriate), may you never hunger.”
“May you always be sustained.”

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.”

All face center:
“Our thanks Great Lady, Glorious Lord.
Your presence fills our bodies and souls with its love and wisdom.
We honor you and accept your blessings into our lives.
We bid you farewell as we close our circle but bid you welcome into our lives.
Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again! Blessed Be!”

Join hands:
“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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