Bless, O threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, my children.
Bless everything within my dwelling and in my possession,
Bless the kine and crops, the flocks and corn,
From Samhain Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,
From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.
Be the Maiden, Mother, and Crone,
Taking possession of all to me belonging.
Be the Horned God, the Wild Spirit of the Forest,
Protecting me in truth and honor.
Satisfy my soul and shield my loved ones,
Blessing every thing and every one,
All my land and my surroundings.
Great gods who create and bring life to all, I ask for your blessings on this day of fire.
Adapted from Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing) found in Alexander Carmichael’s book on Gaelic folklore Carmina Gadelica
Under normal conditions I would be halfway up Ilkley Moor having a picnic with the family to celebrate Beltane. Things are far from normal however and this year’s Beltane has been spent making oat muffins and planning a solitary ritual to honour not only the God and Goddess but also celebrate and energise the beginning of an interfaith staff network.
However you are spending your Beltane, in nature or online, I hope your day is filled with the brightest of blessings.