This turn of the wheel found us at Lammas. Our aspirants and new Shadow Sister joined us for this ritual, and Chelsea led it as part of her third degree training. We focused upon sacrifice. We honored John Barleycorn and Brigantia- the sovereign goddess of Britain.
Here’s an excerpt from our lore:
John Barleycorn in a personification of the cereal crop. The British folk song tells the tale of the death of John Barleycorn and of his rebirth and nourishment of the people. We also honor Brigantia today- she is the personification of the land. It is she who creates the growth, she who pushes the green out of the ground, and she who feeds the roots of the trees and stalks and buds and blooms. It is she who makes this harvest possible. And it is she who watches her hard work- the nourishing plants -wither and die as the light begins to wane. This is her sacrifice. It’s in this sacrifice that we find strength and nourishment.
We talked about the sacrifices that we make in order to create a good harvest, and what sacrifices we’ll need to make in the future. Heather led us in a corn divination, and following the ritual, we had our traditional ritual feast. We look forward to spending more time with our future dedicants!
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Last weekend, we held a meet and greet for our aspirants. We had a lovely time meeting two of our aspirants, and enjoyed lots of good food and drink. We were planning to meet at a local park, but thunderstorms and rain had us scrambling to find a new venue. We ended up meeting at the HPS’s home and we met and chatted with the rain and thunder providing the soundtrack.
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We spent Summer Solstice at Pacific Circle Revival – a local Pagan camping festival. We were blessed to present the evening summer solstice ritual. Our ritual honored Aphrodite and Dionysus. Everyone was invited to give offerings to Aphrodite and to Dionysus while singing songs in Their honor. The ritual ended with libations. All of the leftover libations were brought up to the fire/drum circle that followed our ritual.
It was also really fun to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. We decorated our campsite with tapestries, hanging macrame shelves and candles. It made our campsite homey and comfortable, even in the really hot temperatures. We’ll likely attend the festival next year, too!
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June esbat found us honoring the goddess Securitas, the Roman personification of security. Heather C. centered this ritual, her first esbat center since becoming a first degree priestess. Blessed be!
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Last month, we took a trip up the coast to the Getty Villa in Malibu. We had a potluck picnic and then strolled the museum grounds. The Getty Villa focuses on the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome and it was amazing to see these beautiful artifacts and spend time together in such beautiful surroundings.
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