Beltane Ritual

incense burner
chalice of water
dagger or sword
four Element candles
chalice of wine
the house guardian or his symbol, in whatever form you have chosen
perfumed oil

With casting the circle as your basic starting point, perform the same ritual illustrated in the Basic Sabbat Ritual, inserting the following steps where the Ritual states, "proceed with your planned spellwork or ceremony..."

Raise your wand in greeting, and say:

I give greetings to the Goddess of things wild,
Of skies, and of waters. I do call upon you,
Lovely Lady, to be here with me.

Dance or at least march around the altar, beginning in the east and moving clockwise. Pause to salute each Elemental quarter with raised arms. Move back to the altar when finished, and say:

Blessed by the words of the Lady of May
And the laughing Lord of the Greenwood.
Let now thy great light come into me.
I am a cup to be filled,
That I may do what is needful.
Blessed ever be the Lord and Lady!

Stand before the house guardian or symbol, and say:

Lovely Lady, great Lord, I present to you
The guardian of this house, the special spirit
I have invited into my home as protector and helper.
I honor this spirit in the symbol of its being.
Great Ones, bless this guardian of this house.
And to your blessings, I add my thanks.
Blessed Be.

The guardian symbol or statue is lightly anointed with perfumed oil. If the symbol is such that it cannot be oiled, at least swing the smoking incense burner around it.

Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments, then lift it high, saying:

Honor to the Old Gods!
Merry meet, and merry part,
And merry meet again!!

Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people.

Refer to the Basic Sabbat Ritual at this time for the standard closing or departure ritual, commencing where the Ritual states "when everything is completed..."

SOURCE: Joelle's Sacred Grove, as taken from Celtic Magic by D.J. Conway
For another Beltane Ritual, please click here.