At Beltane (May 1), when Nature is truly flourishing, the Goddess and God unite. This ensures the abundance of the next harvest. At this time, the Goddess becomes pregnant, thus assuring the continuation of life. Beltane is a time of love and great celebration, and we cherish the joys which life offers us.
The weather was beautiful this May Day. We were able to set up our ten foot maypole outside the magical shop of Crescent Moon Gifts. Our turn out was grand with over twenty people to happily dance around the maypole. Even some furry critters were enjoying the show! I have always thought dogs were especially fond of magic.
Today’s ritual was performed by Scott and Syleena. There was a ceremonious consecrating of space and calling of Elements which led to a festive dance!
First we called the gods. The High Priest called, “Lady of the Earth, great growing Mother ripe for the plow. Spring Maiden ready for her consort, hear me as I call you forth for this rite. I call you Mother, Daughter, Sister, Wife, and Lover. Most of all I call You who is the vital half of the life force within that brings completeness. Now is the time of fertility. Come to us so that we may rejoice in your presence. Let your love now flow through this your priestess and throughout this circle. As it is willed, so mote it be!”
The High Priestess called, “Lord of the Forest, great virile Father ready to spread his seed of life. Youthful Consort ready to stimulate the growing earth, hear me as I call you forth for this rite. I call you Father, Son, Brother, Husband, and Lover. Most of all I call You who is the vital half of the life force that brings completeness. Now is the time to dance and spread your love across the earth. Come to us that we may rejoice in your presence. Let that energy flow through this your priest and throughout this circle. As it is willed, so mote it be.”
Scott explained how to weave the magical ribbons of the maypole and all the participants created a circle around the maypole – women on the inside and men on the outside. In and out – around and about, we weaved the red ribbons around the great phallic symbol representing life and fertility during this festival of our ancient pagans ancestors.
The ribbon danced around the maypole until the music ended. Then cakes an ale were distributed and the magic was drawn up! By far one of the most fun rituals ever!