Lughnasadh Ritual done silently.
This ritual was written for the Sweetgum Protogrove Ritual for 2007.
No one said a word during
it and was one of the most spiritual experiences out there.
Pre set up:
Two areas are set up. One will be set up to gather for pre-ritual
and for last part of the night. The
other will be where the actual ritual will be.
(Bell rings or hand drum done in parts of the ritual where
there are stars. Brian will ring the bell
where the person doing that part is.)
Initiating the Rite
Opening Prayer and intro by Lesley In Sign Language (Signed English)and
spoken all done in
Introduction to the rite. At this time we will give information about
We are here to keep the old ways.
O Shining Ones, hear us as we pray
As Children of the Earth.
Let our call come unto you
With honor and truth,
As we work the work of wisdom.
Mighty Mother of All, First Goddess,
Bless and uphold this rite
We pray you with love and reverence.
As above, as below, so be it.
Processional - from this point on silence observed by all.
This is announce by hand drum Tom Tom which is played all the way
into the ritual space.
An innocent will purify each person with the sage. This must take
place prior to Opening the
Gates. The person will sage the people.
Another person will takes a plate of food to the outsiders and the
GO will blesses the fire and
water by oil.
*Honoring the Earth Mother
Druid 1 throws dirt.
Statement of Purpose
Unrolling of a sign to show that it is Lughnasadh by Druid 2.
*(Re)Creating the Cosmos
Sacred Center must be established in a triadic Cosmos Druid 3,
Druid 2, and GO. Three stand in
a triangle, one lifting hands up, one lowering hands to the earth,
and one with one hand up one
The Three Worlds or Realms must be acknowledged
Sacred Center is most commonly represented as Fire (Druid 2), Well
(Druid 3) and Tree (GO)
same three offer oil to one.
Opening the Gate(s) - Must include a Gatekeeper by vesta powder by all three
Inviting the Three Kindreds
*Offerings of berries and nuts for nature spirits by Druid 2
*Candles are lit by members for the ancestors.
*Pause and lift hands for the hearth deities.
*Invitation of Beings of the Occasion Incense for Lugh and *herbs
Praise Offerings drums and music and let others dance
*Prayer of Sacrifice signed out by GO and will not be spoken!
Prayer of Sacrifice:
Through our praise, love and sacrifice;
We honor deities, as they walk among
Through communication with the Otherworld;
We receive their guidance, inspiration
Tonight we call out from the crossroads
to our guests of honor!
As we prepare to make our final sacrifice.
The final sacrifice is prepared.
It is in love, honor and respect that
we have offered hospitality to the Kindred this night.
We have given them praise; made our
It is our hope that our silence and
sacrifice have conveyed our love.
We ask once more through the Gates
and deep within the Otherworld that all shall know of our
Mighty Kindred, we honor you.
The final sacrifice is made.
Kindred, accept our sacrifice!
Prayer of Sacrifice
Text © Raven & Carrion Mann
Druid 3 draws a rune and shows everyone
*Calling (asking) for the Blessings
Druid 2 grab horn and brings it to GO
Hallowing the Blessing
GO holds it up for the blessing
Affirmation of the Blessing Passing
of the water for all to take a sip.
Volunteers pass that around, bread and juice
Thanking the Beings
All bow in silence and thank them.
Closing the Gate(s)
GO offers oil to signify this.
Thanking the Earth Mother
Druid 1 gives back the earth that was not used
Closing the Rite
GO stomps ground with staff to signify this and all
file out the area.