(A part of my “little ritual” series. Materials from, and adapted from ADF, the Carmia Gadelica, and other sources.) In addition to usual “little ritual” supplies, bring ribbons, flowers and blown eggs to decorate your May tree.
*(Edited to note: I wrote this ritual when I was a Celtic Reconstructionist and scheduled it for this later date. For info on how to convert this ritual to an ADF format, see the “little rituals” article highlighted above.)
Circumambulation (circle ritual area three times.)
“I am here to keep the old ways and honor the Kindred at the time of Bealtaine.”
Three Realms Blessing
“As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be —
I stand at the Center of Earth, Sky and Sea.”
“I kindle the sacred fire of Bealtaine in the names of Belenos and to Belisama.” (light fire and offer oil)
Hail to the Spirits
“Hail, Earth Mother, whole and holy, honor unto thee!”
(touch the earth, give offering)
“I offer now as the ancients did to the Kindreds Three!”
“To the Fair Folk, I give offering and welcome.” (Make offerings and libations.)
“To the Ancestors, I give offering and welcome.” (Make offerings and libations.)
“To my Deities, I give offering and welcome.” (Make offerings and libations.)
“Danu- Sacred Mother, Bíle- Tree of Life, I honor you this day.”
(Make offerings and libations.)
Blessing with Fire
Set aflame two brands from the fire and circle around the land, your home, or ritual area and say:
“Hail Summer, season of light and life.
May the Bealtaine fires bring health, prosperity, and happiness to all!
May all maladies be banished in the names of the Shining Ones!”
Return brands to the fire.
(Optional: toss knobs of banock over your shoulder as offering to various nature Spirits.)
Decorate a tree with flowers, ribbons, and blown eggs.
Say the “Tree of Life” prayer:
“Bíle, King of the Tree of Life, the blossoms on the branches are your people,
the singing birds are your angels, the whispering breeze is your Spirit.
O King of the Tree of Life, my the blossoms bring forth the sweetest fruit,
may the birds sing out the highest praise,
may your Spirit cover all with it’s gentle breath.”
Sing Bealtaine songs and dance around the tree.
“Ancient Ones, a Child of the Earth calls out for your blessing.
Hallow these waters, O holy powers. Grant me the blessing I seek.
May the Wisdom, Love and Power of the Deities,
Ancestors and Sidhe flow into this Cup of Blessing.”
(Hold cup out with both hands and feel the energy flow into the cup.)
“This cup now holds the waters of life!
I drink this in the name of the Kindred.” (drink deeply)
“May these waters I have received
flow through my body and through my spirit,
and may they pour out into the rest of my life.”
“I offer my thanks to the Mother of All.
I offer my thanks to the Deities, Ancestors and Fair-Folk.
May the Three Sacred Kins bring joy to all beings,
and renew the ancient wisdom.
As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be.”