The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Beltane Ritual and Salon on Sat., April 22, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple.
About our Beltane Ritual
Thanks so much to everyone who attended our Beltane Ritual and who helped make it such a special celebration! We look forward to having our online friends join us now in Spirit!
The photos are up on our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple page Beltane album HERE and in our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon FB group page Beltane album HERE (just click and ask to join – all are welcome!). You may also check out the fun pictures from our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle – HERE and HERE, respectively.
It was such an incredible and magickal evening of community and Spirit at our Temple’s Beltane Ritual! A powerful working with the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel and the Mayan God Kinnich Ahau, both Guardians of the Temple of the Twelve Signs on the Inner Planes and Guardians of our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple & Tradition.
Ix Chel is a Mayan Goddess of fertility, water, the moon, medicine, healing, sexuality, fertility, women’s reproductive system, protecting women in pregnancy and childbirth, weaving and magick.
Kinnich Ahau is the Mayan Sun God. In one aspect, he is Lord of the Underworld as the Jaguar Lord, or Ahau-Kin.
Ix Chel gave birth to four Jaguar Gods with Kinnich Ahau. They are the jaguar gods, the B’alams, named for the Four Directions. It is said that each one is responsible for holding up his corner of the earth.
There was a lot of information shared by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan in our in-person Salon discussion on Ix Chel, Kinnich Ahau, the Jaguar Gods and the Mayan Fire Ceremony.
There is a wealth of information available online, but Shea would like to point you to a blog post that had a great rendition of Ix Chel & Kinnich Ahau’s mythos together and highly recommends you read it.
Our Beltane Ritual was a ritual of love, joy, passion and zest for life! It was followed by a fun and festive time of fellowship and feasting!
The fire was fabulous and was quite present in the ritual. We have some amazing video of it as well in the photo albums, along with more photos of course. As we chanted “Beltane, Beltane, Beltane”, the flames kept getting higher! So appropriate for the idea of a Mayan fire ceremony! If you scry into the flames, you can see images – Jaguar, the God and Goddess, and more!
Love and gratitude! Blessed be!
Keep scrolling for your online ritual!…
Online Beltane Ritual
You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual.
Beltane is traditionally celebrated on May 1st so performing your ritual anytime during the first few days of May would be fitting.
What you will need:
- Images or representations of Ix Chel & Kinich Ahau *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
- A small piece of petition paper, a length of ribbon to tie it and a pen *and*
- If you wish to work with herbs like we did during the Temple ritual, a charm bag (or a square of cloth that you can tie (in which case an extra tie/ribbon too), a bowl, a spoon and a portion of herbs appropriate to Beltane, Love and this work of passion. We worked with Violet, Jasmine, Lavender & Rose, but you may choose what you have on hand (if you’re a kitchen Witch, you surely have cinnamon, vanilla, basil, and more in the kitchen cabinet too for substitution as needed! Or you may go outside and pick Violets which are blooming now at least in the Midwest in the U.S.) *and*
- Your journal or something to write on and a pen.
What to do:
Prepare your altar space with your images of Ix Chel and Kinich Ahau and your two candles. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.
Speak from the heart to call Ix Chel into your space, or you may say:
Call to Ix Chel
Hail Ix Chel! Maiden of Moon and Grandmother Maya
Oh Jaguar Goddess, Lady of Healing and Mother of Birth
Fertility or storms, she carries it first
Keeper of water and sacred powers
Her serpent heals all in her bower
Herbs and medicine and gifts of plenty
She brings to us, her loves are many
Healing, beauty, joy and power
Come to us in this magick hour
Now she comes, four Jaguars, defenders of night.
Lend your magick to ours in this sacred rite.
Hail & Welcome!
Light Her candle.
Speak from the heart to call Kinich Ahau into your space, or you may say:
Call to Kinich Ahau
Hail Kinich Ahau!
Great God of the Mayans,
Sun God with your Golden Vessel o’er the jungle skies,
Oh virile and passionate God, we call on you tonight!
Impregnate our lives with your sweet nectar,
that the fruit of the Gods may bear forth into manifestation in our lives
Fill our lives with joyful and passionate ecstasy of the divine
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!
Light His candle.
Turning of the Wheel
To be read aloud…
Now we Turn the Wheel of the Year with the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente. … Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who of old was called among men, IxChel…
And by many other names.
Whenever ye have need of anything,
And better it be when the Moon is full,
Once in the month then shall ye assemble in some secret place
And adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witches.
There shall ye assemble,
Ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets
To these will I teach things that are yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery
And as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance,
make music and love,
all in my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings
Keep pure your highest ideal;
strive ever towards it;
let naught stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality
I am the Gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice;
for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the Earth.
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;
she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven and whose body encircles the universe.
I am the beauty of the green Earth
and the white Moon among the stars
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
I am the call unto thy soul
Arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men,
let thine innermost self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth;
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
Honour and humility,
Mirth and reverence within you.
And ye who think to seek for me,
Know thy seeking and yearning shall avail ye not,
Unless ye know the mystery.
If that which ye seek, ye find not within,
Then ye shall never find it without.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning
And I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
You may wish to adapt the following if you are not working with herbs or working with different herbs.
To be read aloud…
Passion. Now I unite four herbs to fuel and feast on the passions in my life. I now call on the herbs of…
of Jasmine and
to lend their passion and delight to mine to grow, fuel, nourish and enflame my passions and joy in and for life.
(Add each herb to your bowl one at a time and gently stir in any intentions you may have.)
I seek my heart’s desire, my soul’s purpose. I tend that sacred flame and garden of passion. I light the flame and water the garden of passion within my heart. I stoke the flame of my soul.
Write Your Petition
Next, sit in meditation and contemplation on your heart’s desire and soul’s purpose. When you feel ready, write your petition of the love and passions you seek to grow in your life. You are weaving a spell of love, bringing in and waking into your life, that which you seek, for the highest good, harming none.
When you are finished, read your petition to yourself, three times, focus within yourself, draw on all of your passion within, united with the divine, to lend your Intent and make this Act of Power tonight with yourself.
Then, roll your petition into a scroll and tie it with the ribbon. If you are working with herbs, spoon them into your charm bag and then add your petition scroll before tying it off. Then hold your charm in your receptive hand and using your projective hand, seal and charge your charm with intention.
Ponder and journal on…
• Your heart’s desire and soul’s purpose…
• What mundane work you can do to support your petition…
• What does this time of Beltane mean to you?
Closing the Ritual:
At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Ix Chel & Kinich Ahau. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Place your charm/petition on your altar or in a special place where you’ll see it often and be reminded of your work.
Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.
May blessings come to you and yours this Beltane! Beltane, Beltane, Beltane! Blessed be!
Our Temple’s Beltane ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan and this online ritual was complied and adapted for our online community from Shea’s ritual by Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech, with the “About Our Beltane Ritual” section above added by Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved.
It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at firstname.lastname@example.org for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.