Beltaine Ritual, 2017
Moonpath Chapter of CUUPS
Composed by Ash the Silent  /|\
(materials from assorted sources listed at end of document)


ADDITIONAL PROPS:
Gong, Sage
Several matches (1 for each quarter, and Fire starter material)
2 Beltaine torches ready to light,
4 juices and small cups
Quarter torches and small altars (each quarter dresses their altar)
Palm Branches for each quarter to hold

Sacred Well
Sacred tree
Sage smudger with sage
Bubbles
Quarter teams (3 in each team)

Processional:  Quarter teams first, then Spel and Ash the Silent, 
the May Queen and consort, then everyone else will start on porch 
and proceed through Memorial Garden, through archway made from 
quarter folks’ palm fronds.

(Note to Smudger:  When all are in the circle, go to main altar 
and put smudge stick on altar in ashtray)

Spelcastor:
For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

OPENING:

Ash:
As we approach the sacred grove 
with minds and hearts, flesh and bone,
Join us in the was of Old – We have come home.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND PRECEDENT: 
 
Spel:
As the ancients did before us, 
so we do now, 
and so our descendants may do in the future. 
We are come into the Grove to worship as they did, 
to offer to the Ancestors and to the Nature Spirits; 
and to offer to the beloved Shining Ones. 
Today we kindle a new flame of HOPE and new beginnings  
 as we dance among the Beltaine fires. 
And tonight, may we practice the Rites of Love 
in whatever way our spirit may guide us, 
to sustain the Power of Life!

CIRCLE CAST:

Ash:
Now we will have the Faerie Queen, d’elf and her faerie folk 
cast a circle with bubbles, we will all say:

We cast this circle with air and bubbles,
To keep IN light, to keep OUT troubles!

Ash:  We will now have the:
The Keeper of the Well (KW)– the “Well” is on the west altar

(Walk  to microphone, Raise “well” bowl on high 
 Please hold it dramatically aloft.)
 
 (reading taped to lower bowl)
KW: In the depths flow the waters of wisdom. 
Sacred waters flow within us. 

Folk: Sacred waters flow within us.

(KW will then asperge the firepit and the Druids from the bowl.)
 
(Place  “well” on Main altar)

(Much drumming at this time.


THE TENDER OF THE TREE:

(TT)– the “Tree” is by or on the North altar

(Walk to microphone. Lift the “tree” on high 
Please hold it dramatically aloft.)  

(reading taped to container)
TT: From the depths to the heights spans the world tree. 
Sacred Tree, grow within us. 

Folk: Sacred tree, grow within us. 

(TT will then lower the tree.)

TT: The fire, the well, the sacred tree, 
Flame and flow and grow in me!

(TT proceeds around the fire with the little Tree and then places 
it on or near the main altar. 

(Much drumming at this time)

(The Fire Tender will go to microphone and say:)

FT: I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power. 
Sacred fire burn within us.
 
Folk: Sacred fire burn within us. 

(FT: starts the fire.)

Ash:  Let the drums begin!   

(Much DRUMMING and cheering!!!!!)

OFFERINGS:

Spel:
In ancient times fire, man's greatest tool and nature's fiercest weapon, 
defined the meeting place of the sacred and the profane, 
the heart of the home and of religious ceremony. Therefore, 
when we come together to celebrate the rites of our ancestors, 
we light a fire. 

We light this fire as the center of our circle, the symbol of the ancient ways, 
and as a means by which our sacrifices may be conveyed to the realms of the gods.

May we pray with a good fire!

ALL: May we pray with a good fire!

Invoking the Quarters:

(3 per team. 1 speaks, one has a Bic, 1 holds branch. 
Later, they are charged with passing out and juice and cups to their quarter:  sunwise. 

(The East quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar.  
The speaker remains, the other proceed to east. 
Eastern torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:  
perhaps while the speaker is speaking.)

Eastern Caller: 
The East wind blows, gentle and soft, carrying the breeze-blown Elementals. 
May your wind swirl around our heads
Clearing and purifying, 
Carrying sweet scents!

Hail and Welcome!  

(Caller goes back to the East.)

(All the Eastern team lays their palms in front of their altar)

(The Southern quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar.  
The speaker remains, the other proceed to South. 
The Southern torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:  
perhaps while the speaker is speaking.)

Southern Caller: 
From the South we summon the scorching Elementals,  sacred to Fire.
Bring us your Warmth and Passion.
Lead us to ecstatic fulfillment!

Hail and Welcome!   

(Caller goes back to the South.)

(All the Southern team lays their palms in front of their altar)

(The West quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar.  
The speaker remains, the other proceed to West. 
The Western torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:  
 perhaps while the speaker is speaking.)

Western Caller: 
The tides of our great planet ride in our veins, 
and carry the watery Elementals on powerful waves.
You who rule the fluid depths of our emotions
Are summoned to our Rite!

Hail and Welcome! 

(Caller goes back to the West.)

(All the Western team lays their palms in front of their altar)

(The North quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar.  
The speaker remains, the other proceed to north. 
The Northern torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:
  perhaps while the speaker is speaking.)

Northern Caller: 
Every Elemental sacred to Earth 
– be you gnome, pixie or fey, growing thing or sturdy rock,
Be our guide in all things of Nature and the essence of  this earthly plane.

Hail and Welcome! 

(Caller goes back to the North.)

(All the Northern team lays their palms in front of their altar)

SACRIFICE TO THE OUTSIDERS: 

Spel:
Ancient and dark ones; unseen, unsightly, and unloved
We make this offering to you
You twisted and misshapen
You cold of heart and dim of mind
Take this offering and trouble not our rite.

(He takes the Blessing cup and 
pours  “ale” onto the earth, outside the circle.) 

Ash:
We have called to the quarters, now let us open the gates.
 
OPENING THE GATES:

(Oil and Incense are added to the fire:)

"Mannanan Mac Lir, Keeper of the Gate, We ask You in reverence, 
to keep our passage safe. 
Part the mists of the Worlds Beyond here, 
Keep us safe, and keep us near.

Spel:
And now we’ll have the story sage.

DRUMMERS:  Drum her in!

STORY SAGE:

Too HA day don  (pronounce like this)

Danu is the mother of the Irish Gods, linked to the Goddess Dôn in Wales. 
Her tribe is the Tuatha Dé Danann, the People of the Goddess Danu. 
Danu is a Goddess of fertility and plenty, and there is evidence 
that the river Danube is named for Her. As mother of the faeries 
she is close to the land and waters.
 
Goddess Danu is considered the most ancient of all Celtic Deities.  
Her name means knowledge, wisdom, teacher, wealth and abundance.  
 
This multi-faceted aspect of the Divine Feminine is experienced as:
the air we breathe, 
as the river that nourishes all of life, 
as the bounty and abundance of earth and 
as the cosmic energy of universal wisdom.
 
A Triple Goddess, which means she is able to take the form of the Maiden, 
the Mother or the Crone, and a Divine Lady who is the essence of the earth, 
the air, and the essence of water, Danu is able to bring the power of versatility 
and teaches us to honor and respect diversity within ourselves and within others 
and reminds us to honor each stage of our phy 
Some of Danu’s symbols include holy stones, horses – particularly mares, seagulls, 
fish, amber, gold, royalty/empress, rivers, sea, flowing water, air, wind, 
earth, moon, keys and crowns.
 
Danu is commonly considered the first Great Mother of Ireland, 
Divine Creator aspect of the Goddess who birthed all things into being.  
She is an Earth Goddess, associated with fertility, growth, plenty, 
abundance, agriculture, cultivation and with nurturing of the land. 
 
Rivers, flowing water and the sea are also Danu’s Domain. 
Within this water form she wields the magic of Divine Flow.  
This River Goddess offers to clear stagnant energy and to remove blockages 
so that our efforts easily flow into fruition.  
As the river eventually flows into the sea, here Danu brings motivation 
to move within the direction of our dreams.
 
Danu brings the attributes of inspiration, intellect, change and transcendence 
within her aspect as a Goddess of Air.  As a Cosmic Goddess, Danu is the essence 
of Universal Wisdom and Divine Knowledge.  
She knows the secrets of Divine Alchemy and Divine Magic.
 
Within all her forms, Danu brings the reminder that the power to create the life 
that we desire resides within us.
As a Sovereign Goddess, she assists us in transcending the illusions of unworthiness, 
providing the reminder that our essence is an aspect of the Divine Source. 
Danu reminds us of our Royal Roots, reminding us of our Divine Heritage. 
Reminding us that we are Divine and thus so we are aligned with infinite potential 
and with infinite possibility. 
 
Within this energy, Danu is the Goddess of Dreams Come True. 
 
Goddess Danu specializes in realigning us with our Divine Truth, 
our Truth that is abundant, flourishing, fertile, wise and empowered.  
Danu brings empowerment with the remembrance that we each are the director 
of our own destiny and that within us we wield the power to realize 
our Greatest Dreams Come True. 
 
Danu is an ancient and eternal essence of the Goddess, 
an affirmation of the enduring energy of the Divine Feminine.  
A powerful guide for those who seek to Remember their Highest Truth, 
Danu is dedicated to our realizing our greatest dreams, she is motivating, 
encouraging and always promotes the awareness that the power to achieve anything, 
resides within us.

Story Sage fades back…

OMEN TAKING:

Ash:
The gifts of the people rise to the gods on the smoke of sacrifice. May our prayers go clearly and without hindrance to those we have praised  A favor requires a favor; a song another song, and a gift given requires a gift in return. This is the law of ancient times, alike between man and man and mankind and the gods.  We have offered our gifts to the gods and we ask them in return for knowledge of what tomorrow will bring. Will our lives be renewed and our Summer fruitful?

I ask then, that the youngest  among us draw a Rune that  we may know our Fate.

BLESSiNG CUP: 
Spel raises the Blessing cup filled with juice.

Ancient and mighty ones we honor you. 
Having established the bond of hospitality with the gods, 
what the gods have given to us we distribute freely. Behold the drink of the gods!

All:

Behold the drink of the gods!

Spel:
We will pass out cups. Please wait for the toast to be made before drinking!

Quarter teams pass out cups and pour juice.

When all have a drink, 

Ash says:

When we give, we receive and are blessed.
What we share will be shared in return.
Those we praise in joy will respond to our need.
We are kin to the gods when we drink their mead.

THE BELTAINE BLESSING FIRES:

Spel speaks:

Now as we stand filled with the power of the Goddess, 
let us work the spell of the Beltaine fires to drive away ill 
and bring us luck in the coming summer. 

Fire tender, please lights the Torches.  

Drummers – drum!!!!!

Ash:
Step lightly in the dance and leave your winter cares behind
Receive the blessing of the shining ones
As you pass between the faery fires
Dance now, in the joy of May!

Dance and pass between the two fires!

Drums drum joyously!!!
 
(everyone dances and passes between the 2 fires, 
South quarter team: start the lines! 
Pass through to the West. They beckon those at the South-SouthEast to follow.. 
Everyone circles sunwise, passing between the fires. 

Much  drumming at this time!)

Spel:
Now the formal sacrifice is ended. We bid  the gods and elements farewell; 
to go  or to stay as they will. We bid our Ancestors to watch over us 
  and guide us on our path. 
May truth and honor be your friend and lucky be your days
I'll hold you dearly in my heart, I'll hold you in my mind
And though our branches grow apart, our roots shall be entwined.


Ash says:
Let the fire be flame. (gong)
Let the well be water. (gong)
Let all be as it was before. (gong)
This rite is ended. (gong)
 
Fire-Keeper Extinguishes the fire with water 

(Big bucketful of water = big smokey finale.)

Start the Merry Meet song
Everybody claps and sings and hug.

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References, blessings and credits to: 
Mara Freeman, Kindling the Celtic Spirit
M.M. Sutton, Ph.D, Druid Magic
Sirona Knight, Celtic traditions,
Emma Restall Orr, Spirits of the Sacred Ground
 C & J. Matthews, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom

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