Altar/Altar Cloth/Altar Candles: The altar should be in the center of the circle area, facing the Eastern quarter. The altar cloth should always be yellow for the High Earth Rite of Balemas. (This is only if you are using a regular rectangular altar.) The two main altar candles should be yellow.
Other Candles: The four quarter candles should be blue in the West, red in the South, yellow (or gold) in the East, and green in the North. All other secondary candles used for extra lighting in the ritual area should be of various shades of forest green or suited to personal taste.
Special Items: A small wreath of flowers will be needed to serve as a crown for the May Queen. These can be easily made. Another optional item is the May pole and its ribbon streamers. A large candle will be needed for the cauldron as a symbol for the balefire unless the rite is held outdoors, in which case kindling in preparation for a small balefire will be needed in the area of the Southern quarter.
Circle Area/Casting the Circle/Assembly of the Quarters
Prepare the circle with decorations of cut flowers or greenery, as appropriate. (The author recommends hawthorn blossoms.) The circle should be cast according to you or your coven's preference and the Quarters will be called in accordance with the coven's or your personal needs (the author reminds us that East has preeminence for Balemas).
Invocation of the Goddess
Priestess: Hallowed Lady of the Hawthorn, Goddess of the greenwood groves, we call upon Thee in the season of Thy Sensuality, as Thy blossom opens to the amorous advances of our Lord, Thy Lover. In Thy union is the fertility of Spring, and the beckoning whisper of young desire.
Touch us with the breath of Thy passion, that we might seek for the ecstasy of life! Inflame us with the fever of Thine inmost longings that we not be satisfied until our oneness with the God is consummated!
Capture us with the fragrances of Thine allurement, that we may be overwhelmed with an obsession for Thy presence! Bright Maiden of May, be here among us as we celebrate the Beltane blessings of Thy bridal-bed! Blessed Be!
Invocation of the God (as Satyr Lord)
Priest: Horned God of power and play, we hear the music of Thy melodious pipes enchanting our ears upon the evening wind! Beneath the fullness of the May-night Moon Thy silhouette plays hide-and-seek among the shadows of silver-tipped trees; Thy hooves striking sparks like shooting stars as they step in spritely patterns to the rhythm of the Ways of the Wild.
Holy Pan of the shepherds' shrine,Holy Pan of the shepherds' shrine, Goat-footed God, Faunus of the forest glades, we beseech Thee to be here among us as we revel in Beltane abandon beneath the swirling streamers of Thy phallic staff, dancing by the light of the balefire's glow!
Sovereign Satyr Lord, be pleased within this Circle to remain, as we celebrate Spring and the beginning of Thy reign! Blessed Be!
Kindling of the Balefire
The priestess and the priest will go to the kindling prepared for the fire (if the rite is held outdoors) located near the Southern quarter of the circle. Otherwise, a candle within the cauldron is substituted. The priest will light the balefire as the priestess recites the following incantation:
Priestess: Strike the fire and let it rise, Beltane flames 'neath Spring-night skies! Ancient customs we now renew, 'Tween dusky dark and evening dew! Fire with warmth of Summer shine, Invoking Gods from Older Times For fertile crops with Sun-fed rays, Gardens of plenty and golden days!
Crowning of the May Queen
At this point, the priest (or acting Satyr Lord) shall go to the altar and take up the garland-crown of flowers. He will then stand facing the priestess (or acting Maiden), lifting the crown above her head as he speaks the words of her coronation as the May Queen.
The Satyr Lord: I give praise to Thee, vibrant Goddess of youth and sensuality; Lady of Spring, exuberant Earth maiden, dancing in joyous abandon across hillside and field in vivacious hues of brightness, exuding the wondrous essence of waving wildflowers.
Wherefore I offer unto Thee this floral crown of Thy creation, laid now upon Thy daughter's head as the woven splendor of Nature's art; the many-colored Crown of May, scented with the mystery and majesty that is the Maiden!
All Hail, Lady Fair, with flowered garlands for Thy hair!
All: All Hail, Lady Fair, with flowered garlands for Thy hair!
The Great Rite
If this is a custom practiced within your coven, please follow your traditions.
Priestess: Maiden Lady, Queen of May, bestow upon us in overflowing measure Thy youthful passion for love and life as we rejoice in the sensual stirrings of the season.
All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!
Priest: Sovereign Satyr Lord, Pan of the Pagan Ways, at this Sabbat of Springtime's warmth, bestow upon us the heated breath of Thy lust for living as we depart this sacred space with the joyous blessings of Thy Beltane benediction.
All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!
Dismissal of the Quarter-Regents/Releasing the Circle
At this time the quarters can be dismissed and the circle released, per your tradition. It's time for the Beltane festivities to begin! The priestess may close with this benediction.
Priestess: This rite of Balemas is ended! May the love of the Maiden and the Satyr Lord go with us as we venture onward into the warming fullness of Summer's promise!