For the second time since I joined a local ADF grove, I missed the public group ritual and had to celebrate Lughnasadh alone. My Lughnasadh ritual was held on August 1st, around 7:00pm. The rite was Celtic Irish in nature and was completed in roughly 40 minutes. I took the time to follow the ADF Core Order ritual and I added some of my personal steps, as I usually do when I’m celebrating as a solitary Druid. In a grove ritual, I follow what is planned, but when I’m on my own, I take more time to connect with my matron Goddess, and I like to play drum as a way to raise the energy.
The ritual was in honor to Lugh, Irish god of the sun and agriculture, and Macha, because this high day is also a time to honor her as it was once celebrated with games of skill and horses races. As offerings, I gave nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, whiskey and beer to the Earth Mother, the Deities, the Nature Spirits and the Ancestors.
The omen was cast with the Witches Tarot deck:
- Five of Sword: Conflict, tension, loss, defeat, win at all costs, betrayal.
- Three of Wands: Preparation, foresight, enterprise, expansion.
- The Emperor: Responsibility, balance, structure, accomplishment, authority, sovereignty, leadership, protection, boundaries.
The omen’s message seems mixed, starting with a conflict or a loss, moving through a preparation for new changes or expansion, but ending on a positive note with a balanced period and some sort of accomplishment. Does it concern my professional life or a relationship in particular? Only time will tell. I thanked the Deities for their message and finished the ritual. Then, I relaxed alone, and enjoyed the fact that we are finally approaching my favorite season of the year!
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