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May Eve: Beltane

 Beltane marks the day when the Sun God and Earth Goddess reach young adulthood and become lovers.  Their marriage ensures that Earth will flourish and there will be abundance for everyone.  Beltane celebrates the beginning of the growing cycle of the year and is the day for fertility rites lighthearted celebration and love-chases, maypole dancing and joy.  It is also a good time for spells involving union, harmony, love and passion.

Beltane May 1


 Beltane is a day for fertility rites, light-hearted celebration and sexual revelry, for love-chases, maypole dancing and performing the Great Rite to honour the Mother: make May Baskets and weave flower garlands - choose a May Queen to represent the Goddess - wear green and crowns of flowers - dance naked in the crops or ride a broomstick through the fields, for the fertility of the land - leave offerings for fairies - gather in sacred groves - pay homage to your household gods.  In the Wheel of the Year, the Goddess and God reach young adulthood; both are in their green prime.  They become lovers and consummate their union.  There is joy throughout the land.




To Celebrate Beltane Today


  • Arise at dawn and wash in the morning dew: the woman who washes her face in it will be beautiful; the man who washes his hands will be skilled with knots and nets.

The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the Hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.


If you live near water, make a garland or posy of spring flowers and cast it into stream, lake or river to bless the water spirits.


Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill, and then give it to one in need of caring, such as a shut-in or elderly friend. 


Beltane is one of the three "spirit-nights" of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them. SIGHT a FAIRY Printable Page - Morgana Magick Spell


Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck—but make sure you tie up long skirts first!


Make a May bowl —wine or punch in which the flowers of sweet woodruff or other fragrant blossoms are soaked—and drink with the one you love.


Tie coloured ribbons to your trees with Blessings written on them:

  • Red for Love and Passion
  • White for Peace and Harmony
  • Green for Good Fortune and Wealth                        
  • Purple for Spiritual growth
  • Yellow for Joy

Or use whatever colours and words have special meaning to you.


Tend sacred wells and springs, meditating on the healing and life-giving properties of sacred places and how these reflect the Goddess


Pick hawthorn blossoms


 Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)


 Braid bracelets out of red & white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family


 Make a dish of fruits, berries and nuts, leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy


 Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!


 Create a unique wreath for the top of the May Pole


 Create hairpieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom



Beltane Correspondences


Altar Decorations - Red and white candles, Seasonal Flowers and Garlands, Small Maypole, Goddess & God Statues, Fairies, Butterflies, Beads,  Growing Plants, Plows, Cauldrons of Flowers, Brooms

Animals - Swallow, Dove, Swan, Cat, Lynx, Leopard

Colours - Red & White (symbolizing the Goddess and God), Pink, Brown & Green

Drinks - Mead, Fruit/Wine Punch, Milk & Honey

Foods - Dairy, Oatmeal cakes, Bread, Cherries, Strawberries, Green Salads  

Goddesses - All Flower Goddesses, Maeve, Tanit, Flora, Maia, Danu, Luna, Guinevere, Gaia

Gods - Robin Hood, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Pan, Bel, All Gods of the Hunt

Herbs - Primrose, yellow cowslip,  roses, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, birch trees, rosemary, lilac  angelica, ash trees, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisies, frankincense, ivy, marigold  

Hawthorn - Branches were used in Maypole Dances.

St. John's Wort - Gathered at sunrise on May Day, brings good luck to the family for its undertakings, especially those begun on that day. Hang the root up in the house on May Day to keep out unwanted spirits. 

Ferns - collected at midnight on May Eve were believed to protect against evil influences and reveal hidden treasure.

White Willow Wands - A wand made from Willow wood has many uses: 

sleep with it and have more vivid dreams, use it to draw down the moon, protection for underworld journeying

Rowan - Beltane is one of the three "spirit-nights" of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them.

Incense- African violet, jasmine, rose, sage and strawberry



Beltane Fire Incense

    *  2 parts Mugwort
    * 1 part dried daffodil petals
    * 1 part Basil
    * 1 part Hawthorn berries
    * 1 part Patchouli
    * 1 part Cinnamon
    * 1/2 part Dragon's Blood resin


Oils - Lavender, Rose, Frankincense, Myrrh, Jasmine

Stones -  Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Orange Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz




The Magickal Cowslip of Beltane COWSLIP FAIRY Printable Page - Morgana Magick Spell


The pretty cowslip flower is one of the magickal herbs of Beltane.  It is also called Fairy Cup, and Freya's Key (because the flowers resemble a bunch of keys).  They have been grown in the British Isles for both magickal and medicinal uses and were a common flower of the Medieval garden.

 Cowslips are associated with the Planet Venus, the Goddess Freya, and the Element of Water.


  • Cowslip magick includes protection, unlocking secrets, and healing.
  • Wearing a Cowslip flower will preserve or regain your youth.
  • If you wish to avoid visitors, place a piece of Cowslip beneath your front porch and they will leave you in peace.
  • At Beltane, Irish farmers would crush Cowslip leaves and put the juice on their cow’s udders to ensure that their milk wouldn’t be stolen by Faeries throughout the coming year. 
  • Cowslip flowers are favoured by the Fey folk and growing them in your garden is said to attract them. The tiny Faeries are supposed to be fond of nestling in the drooping bells of Cowslips.
  • Many rural people held Cowslip as sacred and would hang it above their doors as a magick charm of protection.
  • Cowslip balls were carried proudly on May Day, and hung on cottage doors to bring good luck!
  • Because of its association with the planet Venus, Cowslip is also an herb that may be used in all magick involving love and attraction.


Cowslip is sacred to the Goddess Freya and is used in rituals to honour Her.  The flowers may be placed on an Altar dedicated to Her, dried, crushed, and burned as incense or the fresh flowers may be used in magick oils, tinctures, and brews.

 Cowslips included in a bunch of spring flowers say 'You are my heart's delight'.

 Cowslip balls are made by hanging the flower heads from a string and tying the ends.  The umbels are picked off close to the top of the main flower stalk and about fifty to sixty are hung across a string which may be stretched for convenience between the backs of two chairs. The flowers are then pressed carefully together and the string tied tightly so as to collect them into a ball. Care must be taken to choose only such heads or umbels in which all the flowers are open, as otherwise, the surface of the ball will be uneven.

 Children would toss the Cowslip balls to each other, reciting, as the ball gradually fell to bits:


Tissty-tossty, tell me true,

Who am I going to be married to?

Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor,

Rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief.

 The flowers' scent is considered healing and is similar to anise. The leaves and flowers can be added to salads, and leaves can be cooked as like spinach or added to soups and stews. The flowers (only the yellow part, not the green part) are made into a tea drunk as a remedy for headaches, dizziness, chills, head colds, cramps, nerve pain, falling sickness, palsy, and convulsions, as well as nightmares, frenzies, false apparitions.


Rowan Morgana 2014

 Sources –


May Wine

White table wine
12 fresh strawberries sliced
sweet woodruff leaves
Place all ingredients in a large glass carafe, cover and chill for several hours


Willow Knot Spell

from Herb Magic for Beginners by Ellen Dugan


To have your spell wish granted, you are to stand under the graceful branches of the willow on the night of a full moon.  Blow a kiss to the moon and state your wish out loud, as you gently tie a loose knot in one of the supple branches.  Then, while gazing up at the rising moon, repeat this verse:


Under the Lady's moon, shining so bright,

Willow tree, hear my request on this night.

In this willow tree, I now leave a marker,

Grant me love and happiness, and bring much laughter.


Close the spell with these standard Craft lines:

By all the power of three times three,

And as I will it, so mote it be.

PUSSY WILLOW Folktale Printable Page - Morgana Magick Spell







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