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Beltaine at Stone Creed Grove

Ritual Script

Beltaine is the time of late planting and the beginning of the growing season in colder climates. For many ancient peoples, this was the beginning of their summer season, which would continue until Samhain.

For Stone Creed Grove, this marks our first ritual of the year performed in our grove's ritual space at Tredara. This is one of our major Celtic rites, honoring the deities Aine Glas ("Green Aine") and Aengus Og the Harper, as well as the various tribes of Sidhe-folk. Many of the customs that are typically thought of as May Day traditions, such as the maypole dance, and the honoring of erotic power, are also part of Stone Creed's annual activities. In addition, if weather permits, we perform our rites under the sky rather than indoors, and use a live tree which is then planted near our summer ritual space.

Tying clouts to the tree, in honor of the Sidhe.

Dancing between the fires, as a way of purifying ourselves.

The May Queen leading the procession to dress the well with flowers.

Although not attested to in Celtic or Brittonic lore, the Maypole dance is a fun custom!
  • Ritual Script, an example of exactly what would happen during the rite
  • Photos of past Beltaine rites