1Sara Di Diego = "The following is the itinerary of Beltane:If possible ride poles, brooms, etc. High Priestess leading, quick dance step, singing"O do not tell the priests of our arts. For they would call it sin, For we will be in the woods all night Aconjuring conjuring summer in.And we bring you good news by word of mouth. For women, cattle, and corn: The sun is coming up from the south,With oak and ash, and thorn."Meeting dance if possible.Form circle as usual, and purify.High Priestess assumes Goddess position; officers all give her the fivefold kiss.She purifies all.High Priestess again assumes Goddess position.Magus invokes, draws down moon, "I invoke thee and call upon thee, O mighty Mother of us all, bringer of all fruitfulness, By seed and root, by stem and bud, by leaf and flower and fruit, by life and love, do we invoke thee, to descend upon the body of thy servant and Priestess here."Magus gives Fivefold Kiss to High Priestess.All should be purified in sacrifice before her, and she should purify Magus and some others with her own hands.Cakes and wine.Games.Great Rite if possible, in token or truly.Dismiss [the guardians, and close down the magic circle; the people then stay to] feast and dance.Work Cited:http://www.sacred-texts.com/pag/gbos/gbos09.htm"
2Korin Robinson = "The
Irish name for May Day is Beltane, of which the second element, 'tene', is the
word for fire, and the first, 'bel', probably means 'shining or brilliant'. Beltane, as practiced by modern day Witches
and Pagans, has its origins among the Celtic peoples of Western Europe and the
British Isles, particularly Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For those of the Celtic pagan traditions it is
one of the four holidays. For Wiccians
it is a cross-quarter holiday.The
most ancient way of observing this day is with fire. Beltane, along with
Samhain (Nov. 1), Imbolc (Feb. 1), and Lughnassadh (Aug. 1), was one of the
four great "fire festivals" which marked the turning points of the
Celtic year. The most ancient records tell us that the people would extinguish
all the hearth fires in the country and then relight them from the "need
fires" lit by the druids (who used friction as a means of ignition). In
many areas, the cattle were driven between two great bonfires to protect them
from disease during the coming year. Suggested
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Folcroft Library Editions, London, 1977.
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Thames & Hudson, New York, 1979.
Squire, Charles, Celtic Myth, Legend,
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Wood-Martin, W.G., Traces of the
Elder Faiths of Ireland, Kennikat Press, Port Washington, NY, 1902