Photo by Marcus Harpur
On Sunday we had our Alban Arthan ceremony at the Grove – as so many of us were unable to make the nearest Saturday we swopped it for the 30th.
After weeks of rain and wind, the day started off dry, and as we opened the ritual and welcomed the return of the Light, we were treated to a few minutes of watery sunshine. There were a lot of people out and about in the park and at one point we were treated to a someone calling out “Monica” repeatedly, which got a few of us giggling ( Fenton! ….. FENTON!!) We hoped she was a dog rather than a child!
We had a bit of trouble lighting our lanterns from the central flame as there was one of those annoying winds that seemed to blow at you from all directions at once. However, as Mark pointed out, we shouldn’t take it as a bad omen 🙂
Instead of the usual sprigs of Mistletoe, Ruth and Mark distributed a daffodil bulb to us all, as a symbol of light emerging from darkness and growth from dormancy. I have yet to pot mine up, I’m not exactly sure what I should do with it and am thinking maybe I should keep it inside and force it …. hmm… maybe Google can help. After the Ceremony we had slices of xmas cake (thanks Craig!) before some people repaired to the pub to warm up!