Five members of our Grove gathered together last week to celebrate Lughnasadh. We chose to assemble at the lake on top of the mountain, which is probably the highest accessible meeting place here on the island. We were surrounded on all sides by the forest, with mountains in the distance, the beautiful lake, and the large reservoir (symbolically – the Well) which provides drinking water to half of us.
We found a circular clearing of trees, with two logs for benches. I preceded the ritual by reading a lovely guided meditation and visualization exercise, written by Glyn Williams and available to read here (© 2000-2005 Glyn Williams). The meditation gives some background to the Lughnasadh festival, including the story of John Barleycorn. I could feel that our assembled group was connecting with the exercise, and the energy raised was quite powerful, almost tangible.
After that was finished, I led a scaled-back version of an ADF-style Celtic Lughnassadh Rite (available here), written by Ian Corrigan (the wonderful writer, blogger, and Archdruid Emeritus of the ADF). The rite is dedicated to Lugh and Morrigan. We made offerings of ale and water, bread and wine. During the invocation of Morrigan a strong wind suddenly arose, and I definitely felt the powerful presence of The Great Queen.
Following the rite, we shared a lovely potluck meal, which included many fresh items from our respective gardens. Surrounded by trees and mountains and water, nourished by good food and good fellowship, we watched the sun slowly set. We discussed the harvest, both the literal harvest (in the case of our gardens), as well as the metaphorical harvest, which includes the next phase of a number of new projects we are either finishing or embarking upon, some of which I hope to be announcing and discussing very soon!
And that’s what I did for Lughnasadh.