I recently joined a new ADF grove in my area, and I celebrated Beltane with them! We were eight Red Maple Grove members and the ritual was held outside at the Tree Ring, on May 1, 2016 from 2:00pm to 2:40pm. The day was rainy and chilly (8o Celsius) but not cold enough to prevent us to enjoy our Beltane celebration!
The ritual was in honor of Epona, a protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, and also a Gallic goddess of fertility, which is a major theme during Beltane. I was declared the one responsible to invite the Nature Spirits, an assignment that I liked a lot! We offered nuts, seeds, grains, water and fruits to Earth Mother, the Deities, the Nature Spirits and the Ancestors.
The omen was cast with Ogham discs of wood:
- Past: Duir (Oak) Champion. Our deities especially highlight for us those aspects of the past connected with the knightly virtues: courage, courtesy, leadership, hospitality, etc.
- Present: Onn (Gorse/Furze) Gathering. Our deities are suggesting this is a good time for gathering what is needed in all aspects of life: physical, mental, intellectual, and, especially, spiritual.
- Future: Beith (Birch) Beginning. They are telling us that the future is the start of a new time, the dawn of a new day, the turning of the page, the beginning of something new.
The traditional question, “are we satisfied, or would we hear more,” was asked. We were satisfied and we thanked the Kindreds. After the ritual, five of us decided to stay longer together and we went to a restaurant to discuss about many things like past rituals, Celtic lands and also Celtic languages. I loved the experience! It was fun to meet new members from the grove and to connect more with some of them!
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