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Beltane Correspondences

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Other names: May Day, Bealtinne, Beltain, Fairy Day
Date: May 1
Meaning of the word: Beltane means “bright fire” or “lucky fire”
Primary Focus: Appearance of the matured Horned God, fertility, protection of animals and gardens, leaping the fire for a fortunate summer, love magick
Age of holiday: Said to be the oldest known holiday
Astrological Sign: 15 degrees Taurus
Planetary ruler: Venus

Color Associations: Blue, Brown, Green, Red, Pink, White, Yellow

Herbs: Almond shrub/tree, Angelica, Ash, Bluebells, Cinquefoil, Clover, Daisy, Dittany of Crete, Elder, Foxglove, Frankincense, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Marigold, Meadowsweet, Mint, Mugwort, Primrose, Rose, Rowan, Sorrel, St, John’s Wort, Thyme, Woodruff, Yarrow; Basically all Flowers

Stones: Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Emerald, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Green Apatite, Green Aventurine, Green Moss Agate, Malachite, Moonstone, Red Jasper, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Watermelon Tourmaline, White Agate, Yellow Jasper

Incense: Frankincense, Jasmine, Lilac, Marigold, Meadowsweet, Passionflower, Rose, Sage, Tuberose, Vanilla, Woodruff

Animals and Beasts: Bees, Cat, Cattle, Dove, Fairies, Giants, Goat, Leopard, Lynx, Satyr, Swallow, Swan

Symbols: Baskets, Butterchurn, Cauldrons of Flowers, Eggs, Fires, Maypole, Ploughs, Ribbons, Spring Flowers, Strings of Beads or Flowers

Food: Bread, Cereals, Cherries, Dairy, Green Salads, Honey, Oatmeal Cakes, Shellfish, Strawberries, Wine

Magickal Ideas for Your Ritual:
-Dancing around the Maypole
-Hang prayer ribbons on the trees and bushes on your property.
-Add spells for self-esteem and self-love to your Beltane ritual.
-Spells for fertility, love, personal growth, prosperity, and self discovery.
-Leaping bonfires
-Wake at dawn and bathe in the morning dew.
-Making Garlands
-Bless your garden or the nearest field.
-Hang a branch of rowan tied with red thread above your bedroom door for protection.
-Collect morning dew for magickal use.

Beltane Invocation*
Light a fire in a cauldron. Turn to the east, and say:

Out of the east the sun wells and whitens, the darkness trembles into light, and the stars are extinguished like the lamps of a human city. The whiteness brightens into silver, the silver warms into gold, the gold kindles into pure and living fire, and the face of the east is covered with elemental scarlet. The day draws its first breath, steady and chill, and for leagues around, the woods and valleys will sigh and shiver. From every side the shadows will leap from their ambush and fall prone. The day of prosperity has come! This I give to thee, O sacred fire, so that I and my family shall be spared from all evil.

Walk around the cauldron three times, then repeat the following invocation:

Maypole rises to the heavens
Lengths of colored ribbon
Flutter in the morning sunlight
Tokens kept and given.
Costumed lords and ladies
Step quick in deosil round
Weaving love and harmony
As the sun goes down.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

Venus rules, her passions deep
In love and games of war
Taurus vows that he will keep
Great riches at the door.
Cupid’s bow is pointed to shoot
Right through the heart
Aphrodite’s scented lips breathe
“Romance is an art”.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

The maypole is the World Tree
Poteau Mitan of lore
That draws from ebony oceans
Stars to earthen shore
And carries power to the dance
Through streamers of each hue
The spark of life that is required
To make a witch’s brew.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

The first dew of the morning
And rowan on the ledge
Are secrets of the season
Renewing each year’s pledge
Of joy and peace within my home
Prosperity and more
Magick thunders from my palms
And penetrates the core.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

Deosil thrice around the bonfire
Leap the roaring flame
Cast off the old and birth the new
In God and Goddess’ name.
Protection for the animals
Good fortune, healing too
Bonnach Bealtain, and offering
To make my dreams come true.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

Beltane Incense
Time: Best mixed the week prior to May 1.
Herbs:
¼ cup Lavender
½ cup Rose Petals
1 cup Sandalwood Powder
Oils:
9 drops Magnolia Oil
6 drops Ambergris Oil
4 drops Musk Oil
Chant:
Lord of the Forest, Lady of May.

Keep in mind, all of my posts are based on my opinions that I have gathered from my research. You may disagree or have something to add. Please do so kindly in the comments.

Blessed be, brothers and sisters.

*Credited to “Solitary Witch” by Silver RavenWolf

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