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A May Eve Incantation

This article was written by Timothy Roderick
posted under Pagan

From Wicca: A Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick.

What You'll Need:

- A flower (such as a rose) with many petals that you can strip from the plant and strew about, or a variety of fresh greenery
- A 5-6 inch red taper candle
- Another fresh flower, intact

Traditionally, Witches recite various chants on Beltane Eve. At midnight, mark out a nine-foot diameter circle on the floor using flower petals or greenery. Light a red candle. Hold the candle in your right hand and hold a flower, a well-budded branch of greenery, or other fresh plant in the left hand. Hold both candle and vegetation to the sky. Stand in the east of your circle of flowers and begin walking clockwise. Then recite the following chant three times. Make sure, likewise, that you circumambulate the perimeter of the flower-circle three times while chanting.

O, do not tell the priest of our arts
For they would call it a sin,
But we will be in the wood all night,
A-conguring summer in!
And we bring good news by word of mouth,
For women, cattle and corn,
For the sun is rising up from the south,
With oak, ash, and thorn.
Timothy Roderick
Timothy Roderick (Southern California) is a psychotherapist and educational psychologist who holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.  He is a trained initiate in the oldest established lineage of English Traditional...  Read more

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