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Rituals

Blue Ridge Beltane is committed to community involvement in all the rituals we hold each year during our festival, so that pagans of every tradition are represented and included.

Our festival traditionally observes the following rituals, although the scheduling sometimes changes from year to year, so always check the final schedule for details:

  • A festival blessing Thursday morning
  • A welcoming ritual Friday afternoon or evening
  • The Great Fire Rite ritual Friday night
  • A Main Ritual Saturday afternoon
  • The Maypole and closing ritual Sunday afternoon

Everyone is welcome to participate or simply observe, depending on your comfort level. We only ask that you participate or observe with the utmost respect for the sacredness of the ritual taking place.

2018 Blue Ridge Beltane Rituals

Each year, people from the Blue Ridge Beltane community volunteer to lead rituals. We work together to create rituals that fit in with our theme. Check out the amazing rituals our volunteers are facilitating this year! Updated as of May 7, 2018.

 

Ritual Schedule at a Glance

THURSDAY
11:00am: Festival Blessing—Jenn Hawthorne
6:30pm: Bardic Circle—Eric Eldritch

FRIDAY
3:00pm: Welcoming Ritual—Lily Arrington and Eric Eldritch
7:30pm: Fire Ritual—Lisa Adams, Sunny Adler, and Community Members

SATURDAY
7:30pm: Main Ritual—Members of Shenandoah Valley Reclaiming

SUNDAY
1:30pm: Maypole Ritual—Eric Eldritch
 

RITUAL SCHEDULE 2018

 

==THURSDAY, May 17, 2018==

11:00am: Festival Blessing—Jenn Hawthorne
The Festival Blessing is a wonderful way to kick off the festival, come together as a community, and set our intentions for an empowering, transformative, peaceful and positive gathering.

For this year’s festival blessing, Jenn will lead us in a circle of community whose intention is to create a living altar … a symbol of the harmonious love, growth, and connection that this festival embodies. Please bring a word that expresses your love of the festival, the land, the people, and your walk in harmony. A small object to carry your energy in our living altar. Your beautiful self!

Jenn has been a practicing witch for most of her life. A pillar of the Blue Ridge Beltane community for nearly two decades, she leads rituals and workshops, runs registration, and volunteers in many capacities on the committee. Her presence has made a huge difference to the festival as it has grown, and she is a welcome addition to this year’s planning.

6:30pm: Bardic Circle—Eric Eldritch
Soon after the Festival Blessing, bring your dinner to the pavilion and gather round to tell stories, sing songs, recite poems – your own or someone else’s! The Bardic Circle is one of BRB’s favorite traditions. Join in or come and listen to community storytelling at its finest!

Eric Eldritch is a Radical Faerie, Urban Shaman, and Avante-Gardenarian Witch who lives at the intersection of Sexuality and Spirituality. He is known as a Sacred Fool, a master of the profound and profane, bringing depth and joy to an understanding of body, mind, and soul. He has been invited back to Blue Ridge Beltane year after year to coordinate a “Maypole for All.” (Editor’s note: And because we LOVE HIM!) Eldritch is a community organizer with leadership experience in nonprofit and professional organizations for over twenty years. He specializes in event planning, public relations, and organizational development based on principles of group identity, sociolinguistics, and cross-cultural relations. Drawing on years of experience in ceremonial and ecstatic forms of worship for ritual construction, he specializes in interfaith worship and spiritual retreat planning. Eldritch consults with pagan and community groups to collaborate with, organize, and energize them. Part of his work with these groups includes crafting tailor-made classes, rituals, events, retreats, professional seminars, panels, and fundraisers. He can also create art, graphic designs, flyers, brochures, and promotional materials for groups. Eldritch welcomes your questions, communication, and collaborations! Contact him at Eldritch@EldritchVentures.org or by calling him at 202-309-5486.

 

==FRIDAY, May 18, 2018==

3:00pm: Welcoming Ritual—Lily Arrington and Eric Eldritch
Welcome home and blessed Beltane, dear ones! We invite you to join us for a joyful ritual of reunion! We LOWER our barriers AND RAISE OUR GOALS FOR Walking in Harmony with ourselves, each other, and the Earth. STEP BY STEP we allow the presence of each and every one of us to bring us into this present, sacred moment, and together we will create the container to hold us in sacred space for the weekend WALKING IN HARMONY.

Lily Arrington is an Alchemist, a Healer, and a Gladiator. She is a Priestess and a Witch, initiated in the Stone Circle Tradition of Wicca. She currently serves on the Steering Committee and as Coordinator of the Inner Sanctum here at Blue Ridge Beltane. Lily’s mission in life is to assist others in transforming the lead of their human existence to live empowered, loving lives by working to heal the mind-body-spirit connection so that they can experience themselves and others as they truly are: whole, no more and no less than a child of God…Sacred.

See Eldritch‘s bio under Bardic Circle above.
 

7:30pm: Fire Ritual—Enacted by Lisa Adams, Sunny, and the entire community
Join with Tribe in the Fire Rite as we honor our living connection to our Blessed Earth Mother through the expression of Her Fire and our ecstatic dance. Lisa Adams, Sunny Adler, The Fire Tendering Blob, and the Sacred Drummers will guide you through the magic porthole that is the ancient Bel Fire. Embody the Primordial Dancer and celebrate the Holy Trinity of Fire, Dancing, and Drumming that is our birthright given to us by our ancestors.

Lisa Adams is a Spiritual Badass, Renegade Mystic, Priestess, Tantrika, Yogastrologer®, Warrior, Luminary, and Catalyst. Lisa’s fierce dedication to self-growth fuels her passion to help others. She propels people along their journeys to craft extraordinary, sensual, spiritual lives. She believes that anyone can be a force of transformation in the world. Lisa was born to teach and Priestess the ancient, esoteric, and sensual arts. She has worked in holistic health for over 25 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and women’s studies, and is an ordained minister. Since 1999, she has facilitated countless rituals and workshops, strongly believing that sacred ceremony is a key to healing.

 

==SATURDAY, May 19, 2018==

7:30pm: Main Ritual—Members of Shenandoah Valley Reclaiming
Aimee Zwart, Brittany Sorrels, Chrissy Willow RavenWolf, Jane Quadri, Kate Adamson, Lisa Adams, Raven Hawthorne, and Sunny Adler invite you to join us between the worlds to celebrate Beltane and honor the fertile, powerful, exquisite magic of this beautiful Earth as it bursts forth in rapturous beauty. In the Reclaiming style of ecstatic, collaborative ritual, we draw that energy and power into ourselves for the challenging times in which we live knowing that Walking in Harmony with ourselves, each other, our communities, our connections, and the natural world can break hexes, heal wounds and nourish communities. We undertake this work together, singing, dancing and sustaining each other through the art of magic, knowing we are part of an ongoing work in progress for future generations. Join us in sacred space and let the enchantment unfold.

Shenandoah Valley Reclaiming holds public rituals celebrating the four cross-quarter holidays, Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas. As a community of witches, we hold sacred the cycles of nature and the holiness of this Earth, cherishing our communities. Our practices arise from a deep, spiritual commitment to the Earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action. We work for all forms of justice and know everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic. We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. Our values stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.
These commitments are in alignment with the Reclaiming Principles of Unity.

 

==SUNDAY, May 20, 2018==

EE Faerie Hat1:30pm: Maypole Ritual—Eric Eldritch
The BRB “Maypole for All” is a ribbon winding rite for those under seven, over seventy, and everyone in between. Celebrate this inclusive rite of wreath and pole, toss special bean bags in a nod to biology, give a wink to all lovers, and a blessing for everyone. This fecund festivity raises energy for all who plan to conceive, incubate, and bring forth joy. Bring your ideas of what you can achieve … and revel in Maypole Blessings!

See Eldritch’s bio under Bardic Circle above.
 
 
Have questions or want to volunteer to lead a ritual? Contact us with the form below.

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