Yesterday we had our Alban Hefyn ritual in the park. Because UD was working we decided to meet up a little later and picnic before beginning the ritual. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon, with a bit of a breeze which blew clouds over occasionally so that we didn’t all bake to a crisp.
We usually try to include some sort of activity during our rituals, either in the ceremony itself or at some point in the afternoon. Preferably something thought provoking and fun! So after filling up on food we set to. Bracken and I had mysteriously asked everyone to fetch some sort of bird food or seed with them and when it was all piled up we explained that we thought we would have a go at a mandala. Which of course the local wildlife could clear up for us afterwards.
It was decided, as this is the midsummer ritual, that it would be appropriate to make a sun, so we set to and produced the most fantastic mandala which we used as a centre piece to our ritual circle. The sun’s forehead was decorated with an Awen and the quarters were marked. Two stoats were added, of course! As we were working we were aware of a ominous rustling in the hedgerow as the squirrels and pigeons began to gather…
When it was finished we began the preparations for the ritual. Bracken produced a sweet grass plait (for use in the south) and began a traditional midsummer Setantii rite ”the taunting of Druid 2" We were practically prone with laughter but UD didn’t seem to find it that funny …
Bracken had asked to bring poems, stories and blessings of all sorts to celebrate the sun. She had regaled us earlier with a Japanese myth concerning the sun goddess Amaterasu which was quite an eye opener, as I didn’t know anything about Japanese divinities, and hadn’t realised how down to earth they were. We had quite an eistedfodd in the ceremony which matched the mellow mood of the afternoon.
All in all I wonderful, happy, relaxing afternoon.
The rising sun
Blesses the mind
The setting sun
Blesses the heart