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Happy Beltane!
The Mysteries of the Divine Apprenticeship Program is still going strong. Completely kept on the site. We do have two electives available on the forum as well. We have been selling our spells and rituals. We also offer many other great services through WC so check them out. Have a blessed Beltane!

 
 
 
 

Emerald

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Healer's Companion



Element: Earth
Goddesses: Diana, Artemis and Venus
Zodiac: Taurus, Gemini and Aries
Planet: Venus

Also known as the birthstone of May and a form of Beryl (another stone of Beltane). The deep hypnotic hues of greens leave an impression upon you and set its long history. 
Upon the long history of Emeralds, many ancient people believed that an emerald served as a type of mirror to a persons past lives; might make a good practice tool if you wish to look upon an past lives.

Even serving as a talisman combined with gold made it a strong combination to bringing love, hope, fidelity, wisdom, courage and foresight. Though alone, this stone is strong enough to bring serenity and wisdom, as well as guarding against unfaithfulness, believing that it would break down or apart of a spouse was being unfaithful to another.

The healing properties of this stone has astounded me with all of its traits. Naming some of these amazing healing powers of this stone: looking upon the stone before you go to sleep, is said to help with those who suffer from insomnia. In turn helping to increase heart health and immune system prowess. At the peak of its power, is the time of the full moon. Better place them in the light of the full moon so that they may absorb her great energy. Though remember, that this is only an alternative, you should still advise your doctor about your issues and find treatment.

by Healing_Touch

 

 

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Beltane Ritual

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Succor of Hathor

 

Take in and Celebratye the power of Joy


Supplies:

--statue of cow or picture of cow
-chalice
-milk
-honey
-bowl of oats (or oatmeal)
-ribbons, flowers, and other summer decoration.

Preparation:

If it is not too windy or bad weather, this ritual would be great under a sunny sky.

Wash and dress in bright clothing. Any and all colors welcome. Using ribbons or flowers, decorate your chalice's stem or bottom.  Braid it like a maypole or simply tie on flowers. Set it on your altar when you are done. Decorate your altar as you wish, with the theme of summer, creativity, and fertility. Place your cow image on your altar. You can also decorate it with ribbons and flowers. Set your bowl of oats in front of your chalice. Keep the milk and honey close by.

Succor of Hathor

Sit (or stand) before your altar. Place your hands over your heart and feel the warm, sun shining above you. Even if it is cloudy or cold, picture the sun. Draw its warmth into your body. The sun has many names and many deities associated with it. Today the goddess we call to our side is Hathor. As a goddess of beauty, fertility, creativity, and joy she celebrates in every person's heart. Visualize the goddess Hathor. She has a few forms, that of the cow, a human beauty, or a woman with cow horns. But always the sun sits brightly upon her head. Hathor radiates joy and pleasure with abandon, seeking to share it with all. Hold the image of her in your mind and feel that warmth she gives off along your skin. When you have cemented that image in your mind, hold out your hands in front of you. Say,

"Sweet and joyful Hathor! Among sweet grasses you rest and in bright tones you are adorned. Celebrate with us your brilliance and great power. Like the sun between your horns, let us take in your sweetness."

Take a deep breath and take the cow statue/image from your altar. Hold it in your hands. Visualize Hathor before you and tap into that great joy. Say,

"Golden One, Lady of Joy, Lady of Heaven, Mother of Mothers, Unique One, Beautiful of Face, Lady of Gold, Gold of the Gods, Mistress of the Southern Sycamore,  and Many of Names bless us this day. Bring your great force to our working. In all love and adoration, bless us with your grace."

Place your cow statue/image back upon your altar. Pour milk into your chalice, try to fill it as much as you are comfortable with. Put the milk back and hold up your chalice.

"The Great Cow, who gives of her overflowing fertility, bless this chalice with your power."

Put the chalice back on your altar. Pick up your honey and hold it up.

"Lady of sweetness, of creativity and the sun, bless this honey with your power."

Drip a drop of honey into your chalice of milk. Put your honey away and pick up your chalice again. Hold it up and visualize the two forces of fertility and creativity blending in the chalice. It glows as bright as the sun. Hold it out towards the altar.

"In milk and honey does your power brew.  In warmth of sun do we feel your joy. May we be blessed with sweetness, fertility, and joy this day and every day."

Take a drink from your chalice. Hold it out once more.

"May your power flow, as milk and honey, over the earth forever."

Pour the rest of the contents of the chalice into the bowl of oats. Place your chalice back on your altar. Sit quietly, giving thanks to Hathor for her creative force that now becomes part of you. Let the warmth of the sun linger in your heart. When you are ready to close say,

"Lady of the Sky and Heaven, rest amongst the shining stars forever! Bless us and keep us in your bright heart. So mote it be."

You may pack up your altar. Place the cow statue/image by a window (decorated or not) as a reminder of the sun goddess. Cook your milk and oats and either eat them yourself or feed them to family as a blessing. Happy Beltane.

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Gods of Ferility

 

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Feronia and Faunus

Feronia, a Italian goddess, is a deity of wildlife, fertility, health, and abundance. Like many goddesses she has two side. On one side she tames the wild nature with orchards and order. On the other hand she is a deity representing the wilderness and elemental forces. For this reason her shrines were built outside of towns in nearby wilderness. Her animal is the wolf, in its wildness and fierceness. Feronia is a independent and fierce goddess with a love of running free. Yet she can be called upon for fertility, creativity, taming chaos, protective, divination, and shamanic journeying.  Honor her when you dance among the fire and howl as her wolves when you celebrate your free spirit.

Faunus, an Italian god, is a deity of fertility, the woods, fruits, and sex. Much like Pan, he is portrayed as half man and half goat. Faunus brought fertility to cattle and animals. He also gave oracles and prophecies.  For these reasons, Faunus can be called upon for divination, meditation, sex magick, fertility, inspiration, and abundance. Offer him wine or luxury foods to gain his favor. Run amongst the woods and call on his fleet feet as you make your way home.

 

 
 

Candied Flowers

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• Edible flower petals or blossoms, rinsed and dried
•Water
•1 egg white, beaten
•Sugar

Combine a few drops of water with the egg white in a small bowl, and whisk them together. Hold the flower petal gently between two fingers and dip into the water mixture. Shake off excess water, and then sprinkle sugar on the petal. If your petals seem to soggy, use a paintbrush to brush the water mixture onto the petals instead.

As you complete each petal, place it on a sheet of wax paper to dry. Drying time is anywhere from 12 hours to two days, depending on the humidity level in your home. If your flower petals aren't drying fast enough for you, place them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 150 degrees for a few hours.

Store your flower petals in an airtight container until it's time to use them. 

by Thistle

 

Make A Floral Crown


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•2 to 3 dozen fresh flowers or small bunches of fresh flowers 
• Scissors 
• Floral or craft wire 
• Floral tape 
• Wire cutters 


Gather several fresh flowers in a variety of sizes and colors. The number of flowers will depend on the size of the crown and the types of flowers, but most crowns will require approximately 2 to 3 dozen individual flowers or small bunches of miniature flowers. Choose any flower you like such as jasmine, stephanotis, baby's breath, daisies, bluebells, carnations or orchids. Wildflowers work beautifully in real flower crowns, or take advantage of bright yellow dandelions that appear every spring.

-Use scissors to cut the flowers. Leave 4 to 5 inches of stem on each flower

-Cut a piece of floral or craft wire long enough to wrap around the crown of your head twice. Make a hoop shape that fits comfortably on your head, then secure the ends with a small piece of floral tape.

-Place the stem of a flower on the hoop and secure it with floral tape. Leave about 2 inches of floral tape so you can tie a knot when you finish the crown.

-Overlap the next flower over the stem of the first flower and continue to secure the stems to the wire with floral tape. Add flowers until the entire hoop is covered, then tie the ends of the floral tape.

-Trim any long stems that protrude from the flower crown.

by Thistle

 


 
 
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Welcome the Birds at Beltane

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Plant a bird friend garden. Consider these:

• For protection and nesting: dogwood trees, firs, spruce, pines, mulberry trees, juniper
• For seed and fruit: bee balm, sunflowers, snapdragons, coneflower, goldenrod 
• For hiding to observe the yard: shrubs and vines like hollyhock, crabapples, chokecherry, Virginia creeper, sumac, yew

Also a bird house, bird feeder, or a bird bath.

by Thistle

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Beltane Correspondences

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Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron

Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz

Symbols & Decorations: 
May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers

Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals

Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff

Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.

Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard


 

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Beltane Poem

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Come on everyone, lets show some love
Lets sprout wings to soar to the sky of doves
Harmony lifting our souls ever higher

Peace holding tightly between friends hands
Search for those that have lost their way in foreign lands
Give to them great tough within your hearts

Don't worry about the insecurities of your lines
It is to the land that which our feet grows vines
Press towards the brightening horizon of dreams

Touch the lock and key trapping your mind
Grow through the rock, sprout through for the sun to find
Nourish your disadvantages to let them shine

Share your advantages with sorrowful keys
It is inspiration to locks that sings to the fey
Climb the pines skyward, never letting the tops stop

by Healing_Touch



 
 

 

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