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Wicca is indeed a joyous faith! Tell us your thoughts on Page 18 here and what you feel you have received from it. Any insights brewing? Any memories to share of joy you’ve found in the religion of Wicca?
At the Wolfa Coven, we certainly have had many beautiful memories and I can recall fondly many happy times spent in the rapture of ritual. For me, some of my happiest memories are from May Eve or Beltane which is the season of Wine & Roses. This time has always been very special to me and I look back in nostalgia at all the many experiences and blessings I have gained from it.
One special thing I have always enjoyed doing is setting up a Maypole for a special dance outdoors. While dancing the Maypole isn’t part of the Sabbat ritual proper, we tend to do it before or after Sabbat with much joy and laughter – but at the same time, with heart and meaning.
Beltane weekend always brought, in times past, many years going to local May-Day Festivals with shopping at vendors, feasting and watching many live performances celebrating the welcoming of the coming Summer.
Then, when it comes time for ritual, the Beltane Sabbat wording is so moving and beautiful and has even struck happy tears of contentment and love in the beauty of it all.
The wearing of seasonal crowns and chaplets during the dances and the tossing them to the flames for luck along with leaping over the fire – these are but moments I visit with nostalgia, and look forward to in anticipation for the coming year as we drink the wine and dance with the symbol of the Rose being the main theme.
Below you will find The Wych Cross Cricle, as told by an Elder, Tarostar V*. All text is copyright 1984 by Rollin G. Bennien, filed at the Library of Congress and printed here with permission: