The Fires of Beltane The Witches’ Sabbat of Beltane officially begins at moonrise on May Day eve, April 30th. is a fire festival and is opposite Samhain on the Wheel of the Year. Samhain is the time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, and Beltane is the time when the worlds are furthest apart.
On this day we celebrate the May Queen of fertility and passion, a time when the Maiden of Spring comes of age and celebrates the fullness of her sexuality. The Maypole, symbol of the Tree of Life, or Moon Tree, is decorated with flowers and ribbons. The Great Rite is sexual license, “When we act out the lovemaking of nature by loving each other”. It is the celebration of youth, of love and fun. It is a time of jumping through the Beltane bonfire. You can also light a fire in your fireplace. If you do not have a fireplace, you might light thirteen dark green candles to symbolize the Beltane fire. Dress in springtime colors.
Incense: Frankincense, lilac, rose, musk, civet, ambergris, jasmine, sandalwood, myrrh and myrtle.
Candle colors: Emerald, orange, carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz.
Ritual Herbs: Almond, angelica, ash tree, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisy, frankincense, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, marigold, meadowsweet, primrose, roses, woodruff, yellow cowslips.