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Magic for Beltane: Simple Spells, Potions and Other Magical Inspirations
Beltane Spells and Magic
Have you ever stood in the April wood
And called the new year in?
And while the phantoms of three thousand years fly
As the dead leaves spin?
There's a snap in the grass behind your feet
And a tap upon your shoulder
And the thin wind crawls along your neck
It's just the old God's getting older -- "Beltane", Ian Anderson
It's that time again... Beltane is upon us. If Ostara is the herald of summer, it's the Beltane season that ushers it in full force. In most places in the northern hemisphere, life is beginning to burst forth in all its glory. If you're planning your Beltane ritual or celebration, here are some magical ideas for you to raid.
Beltane Correspondences 2015
The moon, this year, is waxing and near full. In fact, by the eve of April 30, you'll be able to tap those full moon energies. When sabbats fall on the full moon, they're always that much more powerful for magical workings. Full moons are basically 'all purpose' for magical workings, and the days just before the full moon are ideal for constructive magic (magic involving growth, increase, building, improving, etc.).
The moon will be in Gemini from 9:59 Eastern Standard Time on April 30th throughout May 1st and into the afternoon of May 2nd. Gemini energy is fickle; it kind of like a cheetah-- it comes bounding out of the gate at top force, but quickly loses stamina. As such, it's not the ideal time to do spells to start something new. But it is perfect to use to give a boost to projects in progress. Particularly good areas to work on when the moon is in Gemini include friendships, family relations, improving communication, working on studies or writing projects, or travel spells.
Weave Yourself a Better Life
Weaving is a major activity associated with Beltane, which is quite obvious to see just by looking at a Maypole. The weaving represents bringing things together to form a new and greater whole.
Have you been having trouble with a friend or family member, and you want to re-establish your bond with them? Take a strand of their hair, or a thread from their clothing. Take a small section of your hair (if you don't want it to show, make it a skinny section buried in the back). Braid it, weaving in the strand or thread from your loved one. As you do, think nothing but good thoughts about them-- all the reasons you admire them or love them. Forget the bad for now. Tie off the braid and leave it in until you are able to smooth over problems. Try to set up a lunch date, a meeting for coffee or some time to talk with the person this week; you should be able to come to some kind of meeting of the minds.
One of My Witch's Ladders
More Weaving Magic
This is also an ideal time to try a 'Witch's Ladder' spell. This is a spell that involves braiding ribbons, yarns or fabric intertwined with charged objects. The resulting item is then kept to keep the desired energies flowing in your life. A Witch's ladder can basically be adapted to any need, depending upon the colors and items you choose for it and what kind of energy you charge it with.
To learn how to cast them, see my tutorial at: Spells for Beginners: How to Cast “Witches Ladder” Spells
Beltane Incense Recipe:
With your mortar and pestle, blend:
- 3 tsp ground frankincense
- 2 tsp ground dragon's blood
- 1 tsp rose
- 1 tsp jasmine
- 1/2 tsp mugwort
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Sprinkle on hot incense charcoals to bless your home or during your Beltane ritual.
Herbs for Beltane
almond, blessed thistle, broom, daffodil, dogwood, coriander, dragon's blood, fern, fireweed, nettle, hawthorn, ivy, marjoram, meadowsweet, paprika, radish, rowan, rue, snapdragon, rose, woodruff, tansy.
Beltane Potion for Healing Love
If your relationship is strained or if you've been having problems, and you and your sweetie are working on solutions, sit down and share a cup of this stuff.
You Will Need:
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup rose hip tea
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 3 basil leaves
Add the juice to a non-reactive pot (glass, enamel, etc.) and bring it to a simmer. Add each ingredient in turn, stirring 9 times clockwise after adding each item.
Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. Strain it. You can drink it immediately, or chill it first. Keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
A Favorite Beltane Chant
Dancing the May Pole
If you have the opportunity to romp around the May Pole (or a tree) with ribbons, I highly recommend it. This is not just a dance, this is an act of magic.
As you dance the May Pole, going round with your ribbon, envision your hopes and dreams for the year. All that dancing and chanting is raising some powerful energy. Envision yourself working on those plans, sending energy to them, weaving your design and desired outcome into the into the universe and into your life.
Be sure to consecrate and charge your ribbon before the dance, and when you're finished tie it up tight to 'seal' it tight.
May Day Chant
Beltane Blessed Water
If you want to make a powerful holy water to use in rituals, for cleansing baths, blessing things or to break curses and spells, just do the following:
- Go out just after dawn on Beltane with a bottle or bowl. Collect some dew off the grass and flowers. Try to gather up about an ounce or so.
- If it doesn't get very 'dewy' where you live, place a bowl of water outside under the Beltane moon the night before. Set it down in the grass or in the garden surrounded by plants. If you like, you can pick some non-toxic flowers and sprinkle them in the water bowl. Wake up and collect it on the morning of Beltane.
- Fill a jar with rose water, add the dew, and a handful of fresh basil leaves. If you like, you can also add a rose quarts to the mixture.
- Close the jar and shake it well. Place it on your Beltane altar and bless it in the name of your Goddess.
- The next day, you can remove the crystals and basil. Keep it in the fridge sealed tight.
You can now use your water as ritual water on your altar. Anoint your tools or magical items with it to bless them. Put a few drops in your bath to cleanse yourself. Add a few drops to the wash water when you wash your face to make yourself more attractive and younger looking. Add a few drops to the cleaning water to cleanse your home and disperse any negativity.
If you feel you've been cursed or hexed, get a black candle. Mentally transfer the curse to the candle and affix it to a bowl or cauldron (heat the wax then hold it in place until it solidifies). Add the Beltane Blessed Water, but make sure the top of the candle with the wick sticks out over the water line. Light the candle. When the candle burns down low enough for the flame to touch the water line it will sputter and go out. The curse is broken. Pour the water and candle remnants into a hole.
Wear Turquoise At the Throat to Speak Eloquently
A Writer's Spell for Inspiration
To help you in your writing projects or break writer's block, get an orange pillar candle and some benzoin essential oil. Hold the candle and rub the oil on it, raise energy into it by chanting:
As the candle does glow,
the words do flow.
Place the candle on a plate. Crush some dried rosemary and dittany of Crete, and sprinkle it in a circle around the candle. Lite the candle and let it burn when you write.
Leap a Fire!
One magical Beltane tradition is to leap a small fire after sunset.. This is an age-old tradition.
Do this at your own risk; if you do perform a bonfire leap take precautions. Have 5 gallon buckets of water or fire extinguisher nearby and don't wear loose and flowing clothing. One person should go t time, in turn-- wait for one person to clear the area before the next person goes.
You can build a small campfire on the ground, or use a cast iron cauldron and build a small fire in it. You don't want huge blaze, just something small and contained. Think of prosperity or fertility, and keep it in mind for the big leap.
© 2015 Mackenzie Sage Wright