The actual ritual will be as follows:
- We will open the circle and call the quarters. At the same time, we will light our bonfire.
- We will call the spirits, thanking them for taking the time to be with us and for any guidance and assistance they can offer as we celebrate.
- We will state our purpose for being there and calling upon them. This is the time of the ritual where we will vocalize our commitments to the goals we have. Because this is a family ritual, we will state family goals, as well as some personal ones.
- We will honor the Gods and Goddesses, especially Rhiannon, Freya, and the Green Man (who are all associated with Beltain). At this time, we will scatter some seeds in our "back field" (we live in the country and have one!). The seeds we'll be leaving are cucumbers, lettuce, and pink violas. The vegetables are representative of the sexual aspect of the sabat, while the flowers are for the welcoming of summer. Eating of honey bread (being cooked RIGHT NOW -- yum!) and drinking of wine will also take place here, as will leaving some for the spirits.
- When that's completed, we will have a moment of silent prayer/meditation.
- Finally, we will thank the spirits and close the circle.
Afterward, we can sit and watch the fire and I have a few Enya CDs that I think will be relaxing background noise as we unwind and reflect on the celebration.
I'm looking forward to this!