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Ritual written* and led by Gabriel
Lughnasadh is the celebration of the first fruits of the harvest. It is considered a time of Thanksgiving and the first of three Pagan Harvest Festivals, when the plants of Spring wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to ensure future crops. The first fruits and grains of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark Winter months. The Sun King, now Dark Lord, gives his energy to the crops to ensure life while the Mother prepares to give way to her aspect as the Crone.
Lughnasadh is the celebration and a way to rejoice over the fruits of your labour. It is a time to consider whether your result has equalled your efforts. It is the time to teach what you have learned, to share the fruits of your achievements with the world. It is time to pause and open oneself to the change of the Season and new possibilities.
The ideals of Leo and Aquarius come into their fullest expression at the Full Moon. As an individual, how fully are you expressing your life purpose?
This upcoming full moon brings to a climax the events that have been swirling around in our lives recently. Times of change are upon us and we must adapt as best we can. Old habits are often difficult to break, but when we do, our lives get unstuck and begin to progress.
Brigid is a Triple Goddess. The Bridgets were sisters and the distinctions between them were based on their domains of responsibility. Brigid, the 'Fire of the Hearth', was the goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing. Brigid, the 'Fire of the Forge', was like the Greek goddess Athena, a patroness of the crafts (especially weaving, embroidery, and metal smithing), and a goddess who was concerned with justice and law and order. Brigid, the 'Fire of Inspiration', was the muse of poetry, song, history, and the protector of all cultural learning.
The name Lugh means "light". He is the Child of the Sun. Lugh is also the God of grain harvests, of crafting, metallurgy, grains & breads, looms, and fire. Lugh is known as a defender of the people, especially those who may be threatened by the forces of Nature. Lugh's Spear is the flash of Light which pierces the Darkness. He is Energy. He is a Sun God and God of the Sky and of Lightening, as well as God of Death and Rebirth. He is Mage, Alchemist and Sorcerer. Lugh teaches us not to fight battles out of anger, but to fight for causes that are just and right. He teaches us to honour our promises and our oaths.
We enter the sacred space as a group drumming, dancing, rattling.
We go around the altar widdershins - antisunwise, reflecting upon and contemplating on the fruits of our labour, and ritually letting go of the past with ease. As we pace forward we name and shout aloud our good fortune in gratitude and joy. Our words have power and coupled with the music we build a cone of power.
Cast the circle – By the power of the Dragons may this circle be blessed, cleansed and sanctified.
Hail to the Dragons of the East
Hail to the Dragons of the North
Hail to the Dragons of the west
Hail to the Dragons of the South
Invocation to Brigid
(The 3 Brigids Together)
Holy water, Sacred flame
Invocation to Lugh
Fearless and wise warrior
We stand in unity,
The Three Brigids to the altar
We are Brigid Three in one
The Three Brigids go around the circle and share the Blessed cider, fruits, nuts and charms.
. . . . . . . . . . . . Meditation . . . . . . . . . . . .
By the Holy rays of the Sun,
By the Holy water and Sacred flame,
Dragons of the South
Dragons of the West
Dragons of the North
Dragons of the East
May this circle be open but unbroken
May the peace of the Goddess be ever in our hearts.
Merry Meet and Merry Part
And Merry Meet again.
* This ritual is a combination of the author's original ideas and information obtained from various books and/or internet sources.