|“Balor Archery Target” painted and photographed by Weretoad, 2012|
We spent Saturday with my grove mates to celebrate Lughnasadh. It was wonderful to see them after staying with my family for the Summer Solstice. We held our traditional Lughnasadh games! They were more low-key and less structured this year. We had other activities planned this year and the heat was oppressive this weekend. We spent a lot of time, including our business meeting, just floating around the pool. The games we did have included archery, spear throwing, and Kubb. Because nobody was really keeping track, we didn’t declare a champion this year. Instead, everyone who participated charged a wreath which was given as an offering during ritual.
This year included a special women-only ceremony for one of our younger members, Dragonfly. We welcomed her to womanhood and shared our words of wisdom and wishes for her. It was very lovely and well-planned. I know that, if I have a child, I would very much like for them to have a coming of age ceremony. I know I would have liked something like that. What I liked best was that it was very personal and not connected to a spiritual mandate of some sort. It was all linked to physical changes and her life.
|“Artisan Showcase” – Photo by Grey Catsidhe|
In addition to games, our Senior Druid felt it important for the artisans to show their work as well. We did not compete – simply shared some of our recent work. Painting, sewing, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, photography, and jewelry making were all represented!
|One of my more recent dolls – “Dryad.” Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012.|
|One of my “Wee Greenman Pins.” Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012.|
|“Lughnasadh Altar” – Photo by Grey Catsidhe 2012|
Our ritual was held in the shade of several trees behind our hosts’ home. As the sun set, the air became less stifling and we focused on the cooling waters our bodies and lands so crave. At the same time, we acknowledged the searing truth that is high summer and the lessons it teaches. We praised Lugh as champion – as the many-skilled one who inspires us to reach for our goals and work hard each day. We thanked the Nature Spirits for the harvest.
After that – we feasted!
It was a good day with wonderful people. I’m looking forward to the Autumn Equinox already!