Celebrate the height of Spring and the start of the light half of the year with these 3 easy Beltane rituals. They're all family friendly so you can explore the energy of the season with anyone.
Beltane is a neopagan festival celebrating the start of the light half of the year. Modern witches have pieced together various folk traditions and myths to create this sabbat which celebrates the Earth's fertility and growing abundance. It's commonly celebrated on the 1st of May.
If Ostara was a cute and innocent, childlike sabbat with adorable bunnies, lambs, and chicks, Beltane is its teenage sister just beginning to explore the wonders of her own potential fertility. It's all frolicking and flirtation and fun. And yes, it's definitely associated with sex magick.
But there are plenty of G-rated ways to celebrate Beltane, so a family sabbat celebration is totally achievable. Fertility can mean so much more than making babies of any species. It's about recognizing our own creative potential. Any time we make something that wasn't there before, we're engaging in fertility and creative energy. So make your life whatever you want it to be with all the fertility energy that's bursting forth in the natural world. All of these 3 easy Beltane rituals can be done with witches of all ages.
Have a bonfire
Beltane is best known as a fire festival. Our ancient ancestors would build fires and lead their livestock over or between them to bestow fertility for the coming season. You can build your own fire to dance around and jump over to invite whatever type of fertility you need into your life.
This can be anything from a giant fire on the beach to a symbolic tealight safely placed on your living room floor. It's your belief that brings the magick, so build your fire in whatever way is accessible to you.
Write your wishes on bay leaves to burn in the fire or create a floral incense blend to sprinkle over the flames and release your intentions to the Universe. Practice fire scrying, or just enjoy the warmth and energy with mindful presence.
Remember learning about May Day in elementary school? You may or may not have an opportunity to dance around a May Pole (definitely a fertility rite), but you can definitely work with flowers for Beltane.
Responsibly forage for wildflowers or buy some from a local florist to create flower crafts. Make flower crowns or wreaths, or simply craft pretty posies and hang them to dry in your home to keep their fertility energy with you throughout the season.
You could also practice flower pressing or make floral syrups to add to your drinks throughout the spring. Or simply fill your home with beautiful bouquets.
If you want to appreciate flowers in their natural habitat, plan an excursion to a locla botanical garden or a natural spot with lots of wildflowers. Instead of picking flowers, take their photo. Download a plant identification app and learn more about the flowers that you encounter. Bring your grimoire and record the metaphysical properties of the flowers you find in your area.
Craft a honey jar spell
Honey jars are most traditionally associated with love spells, and that would certainly be fitting for Beltane. Working with honey is another beautiful way to celebrate the energy of flowers, and this ingredient can be used to attract anything you intend into your life. It's not just for finding a lover.
Set your intention and gather other materials that correspond. If you want your honey jar to be strictly magical, you can add anything you like including coins, crystals, and other objects or herbs that might not be safe to eat. If, on the other hand, you want to use the honey you create in your kitchen witchcraft later, consider adding edible correspondences like dried herbs, edible flowers, citrus zest, and whole spices. You can strain them out later and use the energetically infused honey to heighten other kitchen spells.
May Beltane kindle your creative fire
I hope you give one of these 3 easy Beltane rituals a try. Beltane is a sabbat of pure joy and play, so get out there and have some good old-fashioned fun. If you're looking for ideas for your Beltane feast, be sure to check out these 100 awesome recipes to celebrate Beltane. And if you want even more information on this turn in the wheel of the year, listen to our Beltane episode on The How to Be Awesome Podcast.
And don't forget to reach out on Instagram if you have any questions or want to share your Beltane celebration. I hope you wake up your own creative power. Blessed be.