Beltane ritual, honoring Belenos

A fantasy image of stars and sun, glowing in mystic fractals.

Date: May 2, 2021 3:00 pm

Three Cranes Grove invites you to join us for a celebration of the Spring Equinox! We will be honoring Belenos, the “bright one” of Gaul, associated with the sun, the starry cloak of heaven, and this spring fire festival.

This rite will be held hybrid — Grove members will be present together in the ritual space, while guests will join us via Zoom. We’re using this as an initial step toward being able to offer in-person public ritual again, so lift up your prayers for us! In the meantime, we invite all guest participants to pray at their home shrines along with us if they have them, or in the shrine of their heart if they do not.

3:00 — Zoom meeting begins
3:15 — Pre-ritual briefing
3:30 — Ritual begins

What you absolutely need:

  • a computer, tablet, or phone with an Internet connection
  • a beverage (of any sort): we’ll be blessing the Waters of Life with the blessings we receive, and each person’s beverage will receive those blessings.

Other things you may want, but are not required:

  • A copy of the ritual script
  • Representations of the ADF-style Hallows: the Fire, the Well, and the Tree, about which we create our Sacred Center. These can be physical objects, or even representations that allow you to focus upon the mythic Hallows.
  • Offerings for the spirits. As is customary in Three Cranes rituals, there will be time for the folk to give offerings to the spirits that are dear to them, and also to Belenos himself.

How to use Zoom:

  • If you already know about Zoom you just need this link:
  • New folks, you basically just need to click the link. If you’ve never Zoomed before, there’ll be a quick app download, but then you’re basically set!
  • You are more than welcome to turn on your video so we can all see each other’s faces in community, but the meeting’s set to have all participants muted, to avoid overwhelming background noise. Unless you’re asked to unmute, we ask you to leave your mic muted.
  • There’s a chat function in Zoom, and you’re very welcome to use it, both to participate in a textual way, and as a troubleshooting venue. For troubleshooting, we’ll have a couple tech folks there, though they may also be performing ritual parts — we’ll do our best!
  • Chat isn’t open by default. On a computer click “Chat” at the bottom of the Zoom window to display it. On mobile, click “Participants,” then click “Chat.”