On Sunday, Líithi Lushede Coven held their public Summer Solstice / Litha / Midsummer ritual at Waterfall Park in Independence, MO. Waterfall Park is truly a gorgeous park for a ritual, with an abundance of greenery and life.
It is truly the perfect setting for a Midsummer ritual. Some might question the Kansas City heat during June, but an astounding 70-80 pagans attended!
|Oh hey look, that's me on the left looking at the camera. Hi everyone!|
The ritual focused on the legend of the Sword in the Stone. This was immediately notable by the chess pieces on the altar...
And a large sword in a stone in front of the altar.
The ritual began by the ladies of Líithi Lushede opening the circle, including High Priestess J and two members spreading purified water and incense around the outer part of the circle.
The High Priestess and High Priest also called upon the Lord and Lady.
During the opening portion of the ritual, the High Priestess explained the Sword in the Stone for the group in an upbeat and understandable way.
Legend has it that the sword was buried in a stone in such a manner that only the true king could pull it. Many knights and nobility attempted to do so, but only Arthur managed to succeed. The fact that he easily slid the sword from the stone represents that he was on the right path. If we follow the path that is right for us, our decisions and actions should be as effortless as it was for King Arthur to remove the sword from the stone.
They then called forth various "Knights of the Round Table" to attempt to pull Excalibur from the stone in a lighthearted reenactment of the tale.
Of course, none could but the High Priest, representing King Arthur himself.
We were also invited to pull our very own miniature swords from a stone...
... as we danced the Spiral Dance.
Music was provided by the bard, John Mitchell and drummer Cathy Burchett.
Pentacles were the theme of the afternoon, representative of protection and the elements.
No fruit more represents the pentacle than the apple! When cut across the center at the apple's hemisphere, you'll find that the seeds produce a pentacle right in the center.
As is tradition, we shared food and drink which included pieces of apple and apple juice. We then thanked the gods and the quarters, releasing the circle!
We then completed the celebration with a potluck feast and, of course, a raffle with some amazing items, including a tea set, several books and some handmade gifts!
Engaging in a public ritual with the pagan community is one of the many highlights of my year. There's such a strong sense of community and energy! As I've likely done in each review of Líithi Lushede Coven's public rituals, I implore you to seek out a public ritual near you. Particularly as a solitary, it's a great way to get involved!
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Happy Summer Solstice!