This post will cover the August Eve / Lammas / Lughnasadh ritual and celebration held by the Circle of Fountains.
This year's August Eve ritual was held by Amy!
Each sabbat, a different Circle of Fountains member writes and leads the ritual. Each member has a different belief system or practice and often incorporates that into their celebration. Amy has written for Witchy Words in the past about her Cartesian Dualism in her Wiccan path. You can check out that article here. Her pragmatic approach to her path is evident in the celebration and ritual she put together at her house on Sunday!
Typically, we start off the celebration with some sort of craft. Amy wanted to combine the craft with the potluck we typically have by supplying organic local produce - along with some contributions from fellow ciremates' gardens. Our "craft" project was to then prep the food for that night's meal!
A huge thank you to my husband for taking over for me on food prep. While I did some slicing and dicing, I mostly stuck behind the camera at this point.
Once the food was just down to an oven timer, we went outside for ritual!
Amy set up this gorgeous main altar as the centerpiece of our circle to stand around.
One by one, we called the quarters and opened the circle.
On Imbolc, because Amy is so incredibly on top of things, she had each of us draw a name from a hat (well, a box, but you get the point). We were told to purchase or create a small, simple gift that reflected the goals, interests and personality of the person whose name you drew. The idea is that the harvest rituals are much like pagan Thanksgivings - a time to celebrate friends and family. By giving each other a gift, we celebrated our circle.
Gifts ranged from thrift-stored trinkets, spells and sachets to handmade gifts, books and more.
And some of us even got snarky with our gifts. (Crap. Get it? Because our toilet flooded the basement? Yeah? Yeah.)
Of course, being snarky is a requirement of our circle just as much as being loved is.
We then passed around lemon cookies as cake...
...and bee sting (mead and cider) as ale. When the teapot of mead and ale got around to Amy, there was none left to pour. So, like the family we are, we all gave a little from our own cups to help fill the cup of a circlemate.
With that, Amy's ritual was complete! We bade farewell to the elements and closed the circle.
Once the circle was closed, we headed inside for dinner!
And just what was dinner, you ask? It was everything we made during the crafting portion of our celebration, which included:
We had quite a feast!
And the berry-stuffed apples were delicious!
Amy's ritual was fantastically put together and exactly what the circle needed after this long summer. Now that we're in the harvest season, we can begin to reap that which we've sewn all year long.
From my circle to yours, I hope you had an amazing August Eve!