On Sunday, Líithi Lushede Coven held their public Lughnasadh / Lammas / August Eve ritual at Waterfall Park in Independence, MO. The rain we had in the morning gave way to beautiful weather. Around 70 or so Kansas City pagans attended this event! This includes all the members of Circle of Northern Fountains - even the newer ones that will be joining us for Mabon! Welcome Kira, Julia and Marla!
This sabbat focuses on the first harvest of the grains. Wheat, corn and straw were common themes on the altars and within the sabbat.
The ritual began with the High Priestess and High Priest opening the circle and calling upon the appropriate energies.
Both the High Priestess and High Priest took turns describing Lughnasadh, Lammas and the various traditions and beliefs associated with each holiday. They also spoke of goal making and the cyclic nature of those goals. If you do not meet your goals this season, there is always another season and another turn of the Wheel.
The ladies of Líithi Lushede spent an immense amount of time and energy creating enough for everyone. A basket of wicker men was given to one person in the circle and each doll was passed one by one down the circle, charging it with intent.
Everyone got a wicker man doll. Everyone.
As we passed the wicker men around the circle, the bard John Mitchell played John Barleycorn.
We were also handed a slip of paper with a poem on it.
Once everyone had a slip of paper, the music stopped and we read the poem in unison to charge our wicker men!
|Ignore my chipped nail polish. Time was not something I had a surplus of yesterday.|
Once our wicker men were charged, the High Priestess and High Priest cut the bread...
... and poured the drink.
May you never hunger.
May you never thirst.
May you never thirst.
We then did a series of community announcements...
... and closed the circle!
Líithi Lushede celebrations never stop with just the ritual! There's always a pot luck afterward. Everyone who attends is asked to bring one dish to share.
In addition to the pot luck, there's also a raffle that helps raise money for Líithi Lushede events and space rental. There were some spectacular items available this round! Fellow CNF member Jessica even won a candle set!
And, of course, there's always socializing after the event.
There's even a guest book to sign. All CNF members signed their name individually, but I added that all of Circle of Northern Fountains attended!
Líithi Lushede Coven's ritual energetic, inviting and heartwarming, full of festivities perfect for the sabbat! These public rituals are such an essential part of the Kansas City pagan community. However, Kansas City isn't the only city that has public rituals hosted by covens, groves and circles. I know many pagans who read my blog are solitary practitioners. If you're looking for a great way to get involved, public rituals and your local pagan community are the best way to start! Check your local metaphysical store on online for listings.
I hope you've had a fantastic Lammas!