Do you say you’re too worried about money to be happy? Do you insist making a living earns all your time, you can’t take time for joy?
Ancient Mayday, it was not just an elite priesthood who went into the fields to make love. Even farmers did it to bless their crops.
Joy creates abundance.
Know the battle is fixed: When the Winter Queen and Spring Queen’s armies fight on Beltane, the Spring Queen always wins.
What keeps you from Spring? Is it fear, hate, self-doubt, refusal to love the frail arrogant humans populating this planet? What keeps you from Spring? Leap the Beltane fire. Be purified.
You winter heart—what freezes it still!? Leap the Beltane fire.
And be welcomed into Spring by the Faerie Queen.
She gives you a rose.
A dragon appears, climb on its back, take your rose with you, take flight upon this great and honorable beast.
As you fly, your thawed heart blooms a garden, your thawed heart blooms spring, your thawed heart starts to hope.
Become a garden on the back of a dragon,
Throw back your head and howl in mad joy.
Throw back your head and laugh with foolish pleasure.
Throw back your head to watch the moon and sun smile at us all.
Come to earth.
Throw back your head and grin, that Mother Earth caresses your feet.
Bow your head. Looking down, grin that you, a garden, are embraced by Mother Earth.
Thank the dragon, and say goodby as it flies off.
Do not try to keep it by you a second longer,
do not think it has more for you.
Trying to capture or control a dragon is bad news,
even if you do not realize you are trying to imprison it.
As you cry out a wish from the bottom of your garden heart,
a wish for abundance and all your heart’s desires,
throw your rose into the sky.
Do not try to get the rose back, let it go.
Send the gods love and power and hope.
Then say thank you and goodby to them for now.
Joy creates abundance. Take time for joy.
May 2, 2013. Yesterday, I wrote a Beltane ritual in my head while I was leading it. Usually I don’t remember what I channel unless I write it down right then but, for various reasons, some of it remained with me. The above is a variation on what I remember of yesterday’s Beltane rite/poem/concept. One reason I remember it is that, as some of you may recognize, there are bits adapted from a Beltane script/poem/concept I developed years back. I made a new poem out of it today (never try to capture a oral tradition moment, make a new moment instead) to 1) help the rite’s participants, including moi, follow through on yesterday’s work 2) because gods impelled me 3) I am a ritualist, poet, and cosmologist who likes to share some of her ideas in written form, lol 4) I am taking time for joy.