LUGHNASADH RITUAL 5 AUGUST 2017

 

Altar set up at the Center of the circle facing East

 

Arranged on the Altar are:
Rabbit fur.
The mother earth candle and a yellow candle
The Green man chalice of red wine or mead
Bread for the harvest

The wand, and the HP’s and HPS’s Athame’s
A small bowl of water
A small bowl with of salt
The white Bone knife
Incense burner; hand bell

The sword, on the floor in front of the altar, or on the altar itself.

A supply of chosen incense, and matches or a cigarette-lighter, should be handy by the altar.

The elemental candles placings:

East, Water (blue)South, Fire (red)West, Air (white); and North, Earth (green).

Background music (if available)

High Priestess: GOMORY
High Priest: FORESTIERE
Crone: RUNE

The Ritual

HPS and HP take their place by altar.

The HPS places her athame in the bowl of water, and the HP places his athame in the bowl of salt.

Both lift their bowl high and place back upon the altar. HP takes salt and places in the water, and both stir the salt into the water with their athame’s.

Both go to where they will be welcoming other members into the circle.

 

GOMORY: draws the circle clockwise while envisioning the power going into the Circle while Crone reads following invocation:

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou be a meeting place of love, joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within this circle. Wherefore do I bless and consecrate you, in the names of Inanna and Dimuzi.” Gomory replaces sword in front of altar.

 

FORESTIERE:

“Hail and welcome old ones, guardians of the watchtowers. I do hereby summon, stir and call you forth to witness, guard and protect this rite.

Bestow upon us your gifts through the elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth.

Stand along side our friends throughout this earth as we call upon their special abilities to engage with the power of your elements.

Mark well what we do here. Hail and Welcome.”

 

RUNE: lights the candles starting in the East and brings in:

Kristin water east

David fire south

Ivan air east

Lyn earth north

 

FORESTIERE:

Lughnasadh:

This is a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.

At Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields.

Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas — it meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities.

However, on August 1, the first sheaves of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season.

The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

This holiday can be celebrated also as a way to honor the god Lugh, as well as a celebration of the harvest.

In many traditions, this is the season in which tribute is paid to Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Lugh was a master artisan, and known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. The Celts held smithcraft in high regard. War was a way of life, and smiths were considered to have magical gifts, as they were able to master the element of Fire, and mold the metals of the earth using their strength and skill.

 

FORESTIERE:

Prayer to the Harvest Gods

The fields are full, the orchards blooming,
and the harvest has arrived.
Hail to the gods who watch over the land!
Hail to Ceres, goddess of the wheat!
Hail Mercury, fleet of foot!
Hail Pomona, and fruitful apples!
Hail Attis, who dies and is reborn!
Hail Demeter, bringing the dark of the year!
Hail Bacchus, who fills the goblets with wine!
We honor you all, in this time of harvest,
and set our tables with your bounty.

Bless the earth that grows the grain,
Bless the water that gives us rain,
Bless the wind that helps seed spread,
Bless the fire that bakes our bread.

Prayer to Lugh

Great Lugh!
Master of artisans,
leader of craftsmen,
patron of smiths,
We call upon you and honor you this day.
You of the many skills and talents,
We ask you to shine upon us and
bless us with your gifts.
Give us strength in skill,
make our hands and minds deft,
shine light upon our talents.
O mighty Lugh,
We thank you for your blessings.



SABATH WORKING AND FULL MOON WORKING:

 

 

FORESTIERE (PARTING PRAYER):
“Great God, Father of the Earth,
Shine down on this, your strongest day.
Blessed Goddess who gave us Birth,
Bless us who honor your ancient way.
As Summer’s light falls to the ground,
lending crops and trees it’s power,
the Summer winds blow warm and round,
touching the corn silk and the flowers.
We give you thanks, our Mother Earth,
We praise you, fire of the Sun.
We dance this Solstice day with Mirth,
from dawns’ first light ’till the day is done.”

 

FORESTIERE:

Old ones, guardians of the watchtowers, we thank you for bestowing upon us your gifts, and for bearing witness, guarding and protecting our rite. Hail and farewell!

ALL: Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!

 

RUNE dismisses Deity and GOMORY takes the coven wand and traces the Circle counterclockwise as FORESTIERE sings:

May the circle be open, but unbroken, may the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart. Merry meet, and merry part and merry meet again.

ALL:  Join in singing a second time before leaving the space.

Cacama