Yesterday the Setantii celebrated Lughnasadh at the Grove. Despite the cloudy and overcast conditions we had a good turnout and it was nice to see some old friends again.
UD and Giovanna had both made bread for the occasion – both loaves were delicious! It made me realise that I really ought to have a try myself. It is only the thought of my fathers jaw achingly stodgy hot cross buns we were force fed as children that is putting me off.
It was starting to drizzle as the rite began and was very dull. However just as the Sun King was brought into the circle by the Earth Mother there was a sudden break in the clouds and the circle was flooded with sunlight. Not just the weak half hearted sun we had later in the afternoon when the weather lifted, but full on heat and light. Absolutely fantastic.
Our Sun King and Earth Mother were lovely this year and produced an amazing and moving focus to the rite, which really transported me out of the mundane and into the magical. It was so moving when the Earth Mother’s address was sung rather than spoken.
We also had some really impressive Awens this time round, are we improving or does having more people make it sound better!
The ceremony was followed by the traditional picnic. This time we were lucky and had entertainment, as Paul sang us some songs, one of which had rude verses I’d never heard before!We really do need to cobble together a Druid Song Book then we could all join in properly. We also had half an hour making windmills and paper aeroplanes. Some people took the construction of paper aeroplanes far too seriously and produced the paper equivalent of stealth bombers. We also composed a joint Lughnasadh poem, by each writing a line (without looking at anyone else’s)
Bread baking in the oven,
The strength of the sun is in all of us,
The fruits of the Earth are given to all
Twenty years, but now we begin –
Blessings of the harvest,
The cloudy day I fell in love with God,
the clouds parting to shower us with sunshine.
Wind rustling through gently swaying trees
joyfully playing together.
It was a lovely mellow afternoon, thanks everyone!