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A Simple Beltane Incense Recipe for Your Wedding

Published Saturday, May. 1st, 2021

Illustration of ingredients for a Beltane Pagan wedding incense
Illustrations by Jessica Levey

Planning a Beltane wedding? Make your own custom wedding incense using this magical recipe! 



This Beltane-inspired incense mix produces a warm earthy scent with bright citrus and sweet floral notes, and brings to mind (and heart!) the abundance and passion associated with this ancient Spring fire festival. 


Whether you’re using this incense as part of a ritual or spell, or simply want to add a memorable touch to your marriage ceremony, this magic mix works perfectly.


Be sure to try out this combination before your wedding day to make sure you love it. Give yourself time to experiment with the amounts of each ingredient you use in order to customize your scent, and remember that you can remove or substitute any ingredient on this list, depending on what you want to achieve. 


Add these ingredients -- either as dried and crushed herbs, or as an oil or resin -- to a heat-proof bowl or electric incense burner, whichever method you prefer for loose incense. (And if you’ve never burned loose incense before, a quick internet search will answer all your questions!)


Then visit our Ceremony Script Library for more inspiration. We have sample scripts and templates for all kinds of ceremonies, including Pagan and inter-religious handfastings and short nonreligious wedding scripts. 


image is an illustration by Jessica Levey of beltane wedding incense, including star anise, lemon peel, mugwort, lavender, rose, frankincense and myrrh resin as part of a pagan wedding ceremony


Beltane Wedding Incense


For a clear mind, full heart, and bright future.  


Frankincense : associated with clarity, mindfulness, the element fire, and the Sun, and has an earthy, balsamic scent 


Myrrh :  associated with serenity, healing, life energy, and the element water, and has a balanced woody scent


Lavender : associated with intuition, love, imagination, devotion, and the element air, and has an earthy floral scent


Lemon Peel : associated with clarity, good fortune, hope, and the element water, and has a bright citrus scent 


Star Anise : associated with awareness, luck, spring, and the element air, and smells like sweet licorice 


Rose : associated with love, friendship, passion, and the element earth, and has a sweet floral scent


Mugwort : associated with psychic vision, imagination, protection, healing, the element earth, and the Moon, and has an earthy, grassy smell





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New Illustrated Guide to Handfasting! 


Cover image of the Handfasting book, reads: Handfasting : From Ancient Rituals to Modern Ceremonies, with a dark blue background, stars, and two hands clasped with a handfasting ribbon, light by the moonExplore the origins of ancient Paganism and learn how to add the magic of handfasting into your own wedding or commitment ceremony.


This deep dive into one of the most exciting trends in weddings is inspired by love stories that reach far back into the misty origins of human history, when Druids and Priestesses dispensed esoteric wisdom, cast powerful spells, and magic and nature were one-and-the-same.


Written and illustrated by AMM’s own Jessica Levey, this book is full of whimsical illustrations, and carefully researched and crafted stories and imagery that are your ticket to your own adventure.



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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