On this most magical day in the Celtic calendar, we bid farewell to the Spring season of Imbolc. In her gorgeous book of prayers and blessings, Celtic Devotional (with eternal thanks to my friend, Laurel, for the beautiful gift of this book), author Caitlin Matthews suggests that we stand at our back window or doorway this last morning of Imbolc, April 30, and offer the following prayer:
Go with thanks and go with blessing,
Season of integrity.
Souls with truth are deeply freighted
Hearts are keen with innocence.
In the cold and darkness traveling,
You have come to brightest Spring.
Infant, who has grown to childhood,
Midwife, wise with mothering,
Touch the hidden beauty in us,
Help us soar on Summer’s wing.
Then, tonight, we offer the Threshold Invocation for the Festival of Beltane (to be said at the front door of the home on the eve of Beltane, April 30 in the evening):
Maiden of Flowers, open the door,
Smith of souls, come you in.
Let there be welcome to the growing strength,
Let there be welcome to the Summer of the Year.
In bud and blossom you are traveling,
In fruit and fragrance you will arrive.
May the blessed time of Beltane
Inflame the soul of all beings,
Bringing energy and effort to conflagration.
From the depths to the heights,
From the heights to the depths,
In the core of every soul.