Beltane Ritual 2012

If you go down to the woods today…

We should have known from the gathering of cars and perplexed faces that something was wrong.  Indeed we couldn’t get into the Grove- the key would not unlock the gate!  So, with access denied we went along with plan B.  Something that came as a surprise for both myself and my lift (LadyMorgana) weren’t aware there was a plan B.  Good for us, that there was!

We went instead to Swithland Woods , a beautiful woodland filled with birdsong, bridges over babbling streams and bluebells… maybe doggers, but I didn’t see or hear any.   Both me and Luchdorcha looked, but failed in our task as respectable neighbourhood watch types.

Coming to a clearing just off the main track, we lay siege to a bench, which became both our feasting table and altar.  It was an odd feeling as at anytime we could be gazed upon in wide eyed- open mouth-breathing awe, so we decided to play it low key and made peace to the quarters, I have to confess I have never seen a circle drawn whilst prancing before!

Cthulhudruid led a healing meditation, where we drew the energies of the elements from within ourselves; then allowing the cup of mead to become our medium of energy which could be physically shared.  This was an exercise, I think, we should do again as I found myself distracted after being bitten to death by midges crawling and biting into my scalp.  It’s ok, I took it as revenge for eating that Water Scorpion.  Bugs: We’re even alright!?

We then held the cup of mead up and announced for what we are giving thanks and honouring this season for.

Recognising Beltane as a time of initiation (childhood to adulthood, marriage, etc) we at the Grove of the Corieltauvi are a sneaky bunch; we had plotted to ‘surprise’ Cthulhudruid with a birthday card, cake and bottle of wine!  We didn’t get chance to sign his card earlier so I sent him away until he could be summoned back.  Reappearing from a totally different place (ninja skills taught by horses: FACT!), he was assailed by our gifts and affection.  So yes, Beltane was celebrated as a time of change, with wine and cake and mead… yummyumyum.

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About locksley2010

Based in the Midlands, Locksley2010 is now studying the Ovate Grade of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. He is seeking to be a full-time actor, likes cats, honest people and thinks he's hilarious. Do not feed after midnight!
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