Beltane is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.
Light 3 green or white candles for this Sabbat celebration
One of the most important holidays among the Celts, Beltane fires announce that summer is coming. Every year on or around April 30th, the resurrection of life is celebrated. The longest days of the year are here.
During this time, the fertility of the Earth reaches its peak, the first small fruits start to appear and the animals are ready to mate. Outdoor rituals include large bonfires, thanking Mother Earth and the Sun, and embracing love and fertility.
When is Beltane?
Neopagans usually celebrate Beltane on April 30th and into May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and on October 31st and into November 1st in the Southern Hemisphere. Traditionally it begins and ends at sunset.
▶️ Beltane Celebration Ritual #CastAlong
Celebrate Beltane or May Day as a Solitary Witch or with a group. Use these ideas to make a Beltane altar and chant a little prayer.
What you’ll need
3 candles (green or white)
Fresh colorful flowers (in red, white, orange and yellow)
Chalice with red wine or water
Incense (such as sandalwood, jasmin or roses)
Paper and pen
Lighter or matches
Beltane celebration ritual
- When the sun begins to set, start decorating your altar with flowers. The blessings of the Earth will come around if we call upon them.
- Stand up and take 3 deep breaths. Say:
- Light the 3 candles being careful not to burn the flowers.
- Take 3 deep breaths and say:
- Light the incense and relax. Breathe slowly through your nose. Close your eyes and let your body and mind fill with inspiration.
- Beltane is a celebration of fertility and growth, so we will use this opportunity to focus on the things in life that we want more of. Sit by your altar and write down any of your personal wishes on the piece of paper, or simply meditate for a minute.
- Take your chalice with both hands and say:
- Take a sip of your chalice and place it back on the altar as an offering. Use this time to dance, sing, write or paint.
- Let the candles burn until you leave the room. Then simply blow them out. Leave the offerings and your request on your altar until tomorrow.
- Always practice candle safety
- 🖨️ Scroll down to find a printable version of this ritual
Book of Shadows Printable Pages
This PDF version comes with a transparent background so you can print it on any kind of printer-friendly parchment paper.
More Ways to Celebrate Beltane 🔥
- Make amulets with rose quartz and give them to your loved ones, friends and family. This is a gift that can help bring happiness and passion, as well as helping reduce anxiety.
- Flowers and vegetation are an important part of Beltane, so you can make wreaths.
- Make daisy chains and flower crowns.
- Wear flowers as part of your outfit.
- You can make a green man mask (representing the God) with leaves.
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