Beltane Prayers

Beltane falls on May 1 in the Northern Hemisphers (it's six months later for our readers below the equator) and is a time to celebrate the fertility and greening of the earth in spring. By the time Beltane rolls around, sprouts and seedlings are appearing, grass is growing, and the forests are alive with new life. If you're looking for prayers to say at your Beltane ceremony, try these simple ones that celebrate the greening of the earth during the fertility feast of Beltane.

Beltane is a season of fertility and blessings. Image by Matt Cardy/Getty Images News

The Carmina Gadelica features hundreds of poems and prayers that folklorist Alexander Carmichael collected from residents in various areas of Scotland. There is a lovely prayer in the Gaelic entitled simply Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing), which pays tribute to the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This is a much shorter version, and has been adapted into a Pagan-friendly format for the Beltane sabbat: Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing) More »

Cernunnos, the Horned God, is featured on the Gundestrup Cauldron. He symbolizes fertility and the masculine aspects of Deity. Image courtesy National Museum, Copenhagen

Cernunnos is a horned god found in Celtic mythology. He is connected with male animals, particularly the stag in rut, and this has led him to be associated with fertility and vegetation. Depictions of Cernunnos are found in many parts of the British Isles and western Europe. He is often portrayed with a beard and wild, shaggy hair -- he is, after all, the lord of the forest: Prayer to Cernunnos More »

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Prayer to the Earth Mother

Many cultures have goddesses associated with the earth. Image by Tom Grill/age fotostock/Getty Images

The Beltane season is a time to celebrate the fertility of the earth, whether you honor the masculine aspect of the gods, or the sacred feminine of the goddesses. This simply prayer offers a thanks to the archetype of the earth mother for her bounty and blessings: Prayer to the Earth Mother

Celebrate Beltane by offering a ring of flowers to the May Queen. Image by Johner Images/Getty Images

The May Queen is Flora, the goddess of the flowers, and the young blushing bride, and the princess of the Fae. She is Lady Marian in the Robin Hood tales, and Guinevere in the Arthurian cycle. She is the embodiment of the Maiden, of mother earth in all of her fertile glory.Make an offering of a floral crown, or a libation of honey and milk, to the Queen of the May during your Beltane prayers: Prayer to Honor the May Queen More »

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Prayer to Protect the Herds & Flocks

Offer a prayer to protect the herds and flocks. Image by Bob Pool/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

In the Celtic lands, Beltane was a time of fire symbolism. Herds were driven between large blazes, as a way to protect them and guarantee their for the coming year. You may not have cattle or livestock, but you can offer this prayer to protect your pets and animals: Prayer to Protect the Herds

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Prayer to the Gods of the Forest

Celebrate Beltane by honoring the gods of the forest. Image by Joakim Leroy/E+/Getty Images

Many Pagan traditions today honor the sacred masculine as part of their regular practice. Honor the gods of the forest and wilderness with this simple Beltane prayer - and feel free to incorporate additional deities as they pertain to your own belief system! Prayer to the Gods of the Forest

If the weather is good enough, try to get outside for your Beltane celebration. Image © Patti Wigington; Licensed to

It's Beltane, the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to celebrate the fertility of the earth. This Sabbat is about new life, fire, passion and rebirth, so there are all kinds of creative ways you can set up for the season. Here are some ideas for dressing up your Beltane altar! More »

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Wigington, Patti. "Beltane Prayers." ThoughtCo, Aug. 31, 2016, Wigington, Patti. (2016, August 31). Beltane Prayers. Retrieved from Wigington, Patti. "Beltane Prayers." ThoughtCo. (accessed November 21, 2017).