Beltane Rite

“The Tree” is the basic liturgical and organizational writing and the basis for Seax-Wica, but it is a ‘base’. It provides the rituals as if being practiced by a coven, but nowadays most Wiccans, especially those of the Seax-Wica tradition, are solitary practitioners (they work alone). The following information on the Beltane Sabbat is adapted from “The Tree” and is only one way that a solitary can use these rituals in their own practice.

Celebrate this Sabbat on the Eve of May. Decorate the Altar and Circle with spring flowers. Set up your Altar as normal, then place a crown of flowers and a large candle on it. Erect the Temple, then read or recite the following:

“With this night do I see
The ending of the Dark Time.
My Lord Woden has passed through
To bring me once more to the light,
And to my Lady Freya.
Woden! My thanks and my love to thee!”

Light the candle, then continue:

“Now I light the Beltane Candle!
To revitalize my Lord
After his long journey.
Welcome Woden!
Welcome Life!”

Now meditate on the Beltane Candle for as long as you wish. When you are ready, continue:

“The Year is a mighty wheel
And the Sabbats are its spokes;
As this Circle is also a wheel.
Ahead now lies the Sun-
Lord Woden still shining down-
Whilst my Lady has begun
To spread her Springtime gown.
With bud and twig and leaf and tree,
I welcome Freya so merrily.
Welcome indeed to my Lady fair.
Welcome, thrice welcome, I fill the air
With my love and devotion for Freya!
As my Lord Woden steps back
So does my Lady Freya move forward,
To guard us and guide us
Through the Summer time.”

Take up the crown of flowers, then continue:

“Let these flowers be my Lady’s crown,
As your humble Gesith
Wears them proudly.”

Place the crown on your head, then take your Seax and kiss the blade, then hold it up and continue:

The word is ‘Love’ and happily do I say it;
The word is ‘Love’ and merrily do I make it;
The word is ‘Love’ and fully do I feel it;
For I am Love.”

Continue with the Ceremony of Cakes and Ale.

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