Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism, for the Novice to the Crone

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If possible, celebrate Beltane in a forest near a living tree.

If this is impossible, bring a small tree within the circle, preferably potted; it can be of any type.

Create a small token or charm in honor of the wedding of the Goddess and God to hang upon the tree. You can make several if you desire. These tokens can be bags filled with fragrant flowers, strings of beads, carvings, flower garlands - whatever your talents and imagination can conjure.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Stand before the altar and say, with wand upraised:

O Mother Goddess,

Queen of the night and of the Earth;

O Father God,

King of the day and of the forest,

celebrate Your union as nature rejoices in a riotous blaze

of color and life.

Accept my gift,

Mother Goddess and Father God,

in honor of Your union.

(Place the token(s) on the tree.)

From Your mating shall spring forth life anew;

a profusion of living creatures shall cover the lands,

and the winds will blow pure and sweet.

O Ancient Ones,

I celebrate with You!

Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the Simple Feast.

The circle is released.


Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of year, for the joining together of two substances to form a third is in the spirit of Beltane.

Foods traditionally come from the dairy, and dishes such as marigold custard (see recipes - food) and vanilla ice cream are fine.

Oatmeal cakes are also appropriate.

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This Informative Article, Plus Much More, Can Be Found In:

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

by Scott Cunningham

Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.

The Beltane Ritual

The Standing Stones Beltane Ritual

Copyright © 1989 Scott Cunningham