Huge thanks to everyone who came out to our Lammas ritual tonight.
Our ritual honored Frea, the Golden Grain God, and celebrated not only with praise and offerings, but also with a personal sacrifice from each person, that they are willing to give up until Samhain to ensure a good harvest this year. While we did not announce our sacrifices, I know mine will be hard to keep! (But that’s what spiritual challenges are for, right?)
We also read the Tale of John Barleycorn – which you can listen to here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8878chOvfI (This is a slightly different version than the one in my book, but it’s the more famous version by far.)
The Omens for tonight’s ritual were as follows:
- Have our offerings been accepted? Eh – the Horse – A good friend and valued companion to travelers and soldiers. Yes.
- What blessing do the Ancestors have for us? Ac – the Oak – material strength, adequate resources
- What blessing do the Nature Spirits have for us? Ior – the Beaver – flexibility and adaptability
- What blessing do the Gods have for us? Daeg – the Day – Which shines light on the just and the unjust alike. Hope and happiness.
We must be built of strong stuff, and we must be flexible, and if we can do these things, the world will see us for who we are and what we represent.
This is a VERY good omen! Also, we received Daeg from the Gods at our Summer Solstice ritual, so the Gods apparently want to shine some light on what we’re doing. Can’t complain about that!
Our next ritual will be for the Autumn Equinox, and will celebrate the second harvest. We will be meeting on Sept 18th at 7pm (or a little earlier) – it’s going to start getting dark for our outdoor rituals, but the ritual box has a supply of book lights, so we should still be able to celebrate! Bay Area Park will be our ritual location, per the usual. Our ritual focus hasn’t been selected yet, but we’ll announce it as soon as we have it planned.
Lammas and Full Moon Blessings to you all!