Beltane Invocation

Light a fire in a cauldron. Turn to the east, and say:
Out of the east the sun wells and whitens, the darkness trembles into light, and the stars are extinguished like the lamps of a human city. The whiteness brightens into silver, the silver warms into god, the gold kindles into pure and living fire, and the fact of the east is covered with elemental scarlet. The day draws its first breath, steady and chill, and for leagues around, the woods and valleys will sigh and shiver. From every side the shadows will leap from their ambush and fall prone. The day of prosperity has come! This I give to thee, O sacred fire, so that I and my family shall be spared from all evil.

Walk around the cauldron three times, then repeat the following incantation:
Maypole rise to the heaven
Lengths of colored ribbons
Flutter in the morning sunlight
Tokens kept and given.
Costumed lords and ladies
Step quick in deosil round
Waving love and harmony
As the sun goes down.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

Venus rules, her passions deep
In love and games of war
Taurus vows that he will keep
Great riches at the door.
Cupid’s bow is pointed to shoot
Right through the heart
Aphrodite’s scented lips breathe
“Romance is an art.”

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

The maypole is the World Tree
Poteau Mitan of love
That draws from ebony oceans
Stars to earthen shore
And carries power to the dance
Through streamers of each hue
The spark of life that is required
To make a Witch’s brew.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

The first dew of the morning
And rowan on the ledge
Are secrets of the season
Renewing each year’s pledge
Of joy and peace within my home
Prosperity and more
Magick thunders from my palms
And penetrates the core.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!

Deosil thrice around the bonfire
Leap the roaring flame
Cast off the old and birth the new
In God and Goddess’ name.
Protection for the animals
Good fortune, healing too
Bonnach Bealltain, an offering
To make my dreams come true.

Circle in to touch the sky, and out to manifest
Spiral dance around the ring
Grant me my request!