May 1st is the pagan holiday of Beltane, also known as May Day. It’s six months from Samhain (AKA Halloween), which makes it pretty much directly opposite Samhain on the Wheel of the Year. Both Beltane and Samhain are times when the veil between the worlds is thin. At Samhain, we think of these worlds as the realm of the living and the realm of the dead. But in Beltane’s case, we think of the realms of human and faerie.
It’s also a time when, according to author Melanie Marquis in Beltane (a Llewellyn Sabbat Essential), “the solar earth deity, or Horned God, has grown up into a lusty young man ready to mate with the lunar earth goddess, or Triple Goddess, in her youthful, sensual maiden aspect, ripe for fertilizing.”
All this faerie magic and lusty sensuality makes Beltane an excellent day for both frolicking (the old standby), and love magic. So without further ado, here are 4 love spells that would be brilliant choices for Beltane.
Irresistible Charm Spell
While it’s pretty much always unethical to perform love spells on specific people, there is one specific person you can ethically perform them on: yourself. This attraction spell will bring out your charm and make you devastatingly irresistible for about 24 hours. While I’ve created it with Beltane in mind, you can do it any time of year, as long as you don’t do it more than once per moon cycle. (If you do, nothing bad will happen, it just probably won’t work too well.)
Small glass vial
Sweet almond oil
Essential oil of sandalwood
Fill the vial with sweet almond oil. Add 9 drops of sandalwood essential oil and a tiny smidge of cinnamon. Close the vial and shake to blend ingredients. Hold it in both hands and say, Ants to sugar, Moths to flame, My full attraction I now claim. Anoint your belly, heart, and throat.
Old Relationship, Fresh Attraction Spell
Perhaps, like me, you’ve been in a relationship with someone you absolutely adore for a really long time. Beltane is an excellent time to re-infuse such relationships with the fresh playfulness of springtime. (Although feel free to do this love spell at other times throughout the year as well.)
A bright pink cloth, the exact size of your mattress or a little tiny bit smaller (Perhaps a natural fiber tablecloth)
Essential oil of jasmine or jasmine absolute
Remove the mattress from your bed and spread the cloth on top of your box spring. Anoint all 4 corners with the jasmine oil. While standing near the bed, direct your palms toward the cloth. Visualize golden white light moving up from the earth through your feet and down from the sky through your head, coalescing at your heart. Then channel this abundant flow of light down your arms and out through your palms into the cloth. In your mind’s eye, see the cloth pulsating with vibrant light. Say, Lunar Goddess and Lord of Sun, Share with us your freedom and fun. Adored and adoring, wild and free, May our love flow as deep as the sea. Replace the mattress so the cloth is sandwiched between the box spring and the mattress. Make the bed as usual.
Best Possible Outcome Love Spell
Perhaps things aren’t perfect in your relationship right now, and you’re not sure what exactly the best case scenario may be. While breaking up doesn’t sound fun at all, neither does staying together if things don’t improve. This spell will help you gain clarity and/or will just bring about the necessary change rapidly and in the way that will ultimately benefit you most.
A small jar with a stopper or lid
A small piece of paper with both of your names written on it
Fill the jar halfway with honey. Put a little honey on your name and sandwich it together with the name of your partner, so they’re facing each other. Place the names in the jar and fill the jar the rest of the way with honey. Close the jar. (If your hands and/or the outside of the jar are sticky, don’t worry, you can rinse everything off later.) Hold the jar in both hands and say, “Lord and Lady of the Beltane fire, Heal my heart and reveal my desire. In all ways may this relationship be blessed, as you bring forth the outcome that truly is best.” Bury the jar near your front door. The earth is best, but if necessary, bury it in a potted plant inside or outside the front door.
Attract Your Beloved Spell
This spell is for those of you who are ready to attract a beloved life partner.
2 pink tourmaline crystals, cleansed in sage smoke
Arise before sunrise on May 1st. Find somewhere outdoors where you can observe the sunrise, undisturbed. Until the sun rises, stand comfortably, with your spine straight, facing east. Relax, breathe consciously, and center your mind. As soon as the sun gloriously appears above the horizon, hold the crystals in your open left hand and allow them to soak up the fresh morning light. Say, As a new day dawns, a new era of love dawns for me. I now invite my beloved into my life. I am ready. I am steady. I am open. Thank you, God and Goddess. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Blessed be. And so it is. Take a moment to feel the love between you and your beloved, as if it’s already present in your life experience. Celebrate it and marvel at it. When this feels complete, go back inside and place the crystals together on your altar.