12 Ways to Celebrate Beltane

10 Ways to Celebrate Beltane

Still looking for ways to celebrate Beltane?  Here’s some ideas to help you design the perfect day.

With spring flowers dripping from every tree and pushing their way out of the rich, fertile earth, Beltane marks the time of year for joy, abundance, and time spent in the natural world.

Use the time to work with all the the land offers you.

From handmade flower crowns to red-and-white themed potlucks and even mini maypoles, I rounded up the best of Moody Moon’s Beltane ideas for your consideration.

1.  Make flower crowns.  

Make flower crowns for Beltane!

A lovely Beltane activity for a coven or if you have little girls in the family.  

Everyone can pick their own wildflowers.  Or, make an afternoon of it and take a trip to the flower farm.

Here is a basic tutorial on how to make flower crowns.

2.  Make mini maypoles.

OMG mini maypoles. The cutest, easiest Beltane craft. Would be good to do with little ones!

Certainly, if you have the time and space to create an epic maypole in your backyard, complete with streamers and wildflowers and the whole deal, go for it.

But if that’s not in your budget or doesn’t fit within your time constraints, try this adorable tutorial for making mini maypoles.  

Make them with the kids and let them pick the ribbon colors, or design your own and give them away at your Beltane ritual.

3.  Whip up some fairy cakes.

Honor the fairies or woodland spirits during the time between Beltane and Litha, when the forest comes alive with the spirit of spring and summer.

Make Beltane cakes from candied wildflowers and give them away, or leave one as an offering along your favorite woodland walking path.

4.  Get busy.  

This is generally a family-friendly blog, so I decline to go into details here.

But if you happen to be in a relationship right now, Beltane is a traditional time to . . . reconnect with your partner.

Be creative and adventurous.  A lot of people enjoy the outdoor setting.  I recommend a secluded area.  There’s no need to get arrested.  But you wouldn’t be the first couple, so whatever moves your groove.

5.  Have a red and white themed potluck.  

The colors red and white have strong association with Beltane.  Why not throw a pot luck where all the guests bring something edible that is either red or white?  Let everyone get creative to come up with different ideas.

To start, try making this Beltane Cherry Bourbon Strudel.

6.  Get stupid drunk on a spring wine of your choice.

Rieslings, dandelion wines and floral blends are all popular choices.

Go ahead.  Kill the bottle.  Kill two.  I think we’ve established this is a day of indulgence.

(For more ideas on using wine for the Sabbats, check out Pairing Wine with Ritual.)

7.  Build an enormous fire.  

Beltane is a fire festival, and jumping over the Beltane fire is supposed to heal old wounds and bring good luck.

Whether or not you actually jump over it ought to depend on how much dandelion wine you’ve had.

The wrong ratios here can go very wrong.

8.  Experiment with wildflowers in your spell craft.

Using wildflowers in witchcraft.

Take advantage of all those wildflowers.  They’re free, abundant, beautiful and totally usable in spell craft.

Here are some of the many ways to use wildflowers in witchcraft.

9.  Cast a fertility spell.   

Both Ostara and Beltane are nice timing for fertility rites if you’re planning on conceiving soon.

Harness the fertility of the natural world with a fertility ritual.

Or, if you’re struggling, take the time to honor your struggle with fertility and acknowledge all the feelings that come with that.

10.  Cast a love spell.  

There is no better time of year for pushing your romantic situation in a better direction.

Get started by trying your hand at a love spell.

11.  Decorate your altar in honor of a love goddess.  

Aphrodite is my go-to choice, but there are lots of them.  Here’s an example love and passion altar to get you inspired.

12.  Indulge in a ritual bath for beauty.

Goddess bath ritual for Beltane beauty.

If you’re a solitary, a ritual bath nice way to celebrate Beltane in a private way.  

Fill the tub with flowers, herbs and skin-nourishing oils.

In particular, Beltane is ideal for beauty spells, so create a bath with that theme in mind, with gorgeous spring flowers, rose oil and images of beauty.

Happy Beltane!

Creative ways to celebrate Beltane, the first summer holiday on the Wheel of the Year and a magical time to commune with nature. From garden parties to mini maypoles and fairy cakes, there's an idea on this list for everyone.

7 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Moon In Selene and commented:
    BELTANE: Celebrate love and togetherness – eat, drink and be merry!! I love these suggestions, simple and adaptable to celebrate the magic and energy of Spring. Enjoy!!

  2. Little boys might also enjoy making wearing flower crowns. Self adornment is for anyone and everyone. 🙂

  3. Hi Moody Moons!
    I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved this post about Beltane celebrations. I live in Australia, so for me, Beltane is next week on October 31st instead of Samhain which is what you’ll be celebrating! Due to the season changes and where I live, I was struggling to find ways I can celebrate in my own backyard. Where I live in Australia (particularly the suburb I live in), we don’t have many flowers that grow i.e. wildflowers and such, but florists will definitely have some variety that I can decorate my home with, and make some flower crowns and sachets. Unfortunately, I can’t celebrate with a bonfire, however I am very open to getting drunk on some spring wine! I am a kitchen witch so will definitely be baking some fairy cakes to give to the fae as gifts, as well as to my friends and family (even though they won’t know why I’m giving it to them—I can just say I made them because I was craving them 😉. Thank you for these ideas, and I will definitely keep you posted on how my Beltane goes! I hope your Samhain is wonderful!
    All the best,
    Gabrielle

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