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Friday, May 13, 2011

Solitary Lughnasadh Ritual

Items needed:

One tall Gold God Candle
One tall Silver Goddess candle
Sandalwood incense
loaf of bread
Chalice of wine or juice
cup of water
bowl of salt
athame and/or wand
4 corner candles
orange, yellow and green decorative votive candles

(Cast circle and call the corners in your usual manner and then light the incense. Invoke God and Goddess) -

INVOCATION OF THE GOD: (light the tall GOLD candle)
"I now do call upon the eternal God in the ancient way, as God of the Grain,. You whom I call Father, Lord, Lover and Consort to the Lady, but above all the vital half within that brings completeness. May I carry your light always within me. As it is willed, so mote it be."

INVOCATION OF THE GODDESS: (light the tall SILVER candle)
"I now do call upon the eternal Goddess in the ancient way, as Corn Mother. You whom I call Mother Earth, Lady, Lover and Consort to the Lord, but most of all the vital half of life within that brings completeness. May I feel your love always within me. As it is willed, so mote it be."

Lugh is a Celtic Sun God and the word, "Lughnasadh" simply means, "the chase of Lugh." Lammas is a more Christianized version of this sabbat and its' translation is "loaf mass."

"Tonight I honor our deities in Their aspects as the Grain God and the Corn Mother,
Blessed be this season of Lughnasadh and the bounty of the First Harvest,
Fruit of the womb of the Mother -
Blessed be Mother Earth,
Blessed be Father God!"

(Place one hand on your heart and say) -
"I am grateful for so many things which our gracious Lord and Lady have bestowed upon me. Our Father has generously given us His light and protection at Midsummer so that our loving Mother could bless us with Her essence once again."

(The Symbolic Great Rite) -
Pick up your athame and slowly dip it into the chalice of wine or juice while repeating:

"Chalice to athame
As Goddess is to God,
Father is to Mother
As man is to woman -
Behold the sacred union of The One!"

(Pick up the loaf of bread and say):

"I will count my many blessings on this sabbat of bounty."

(Break off a piece of the bread and then recite all the many things that you are thankful for. When finished, take a drink from the chalice. Then place the items back on the altar while saying) -

"Blessed be the fruitful Mother,
 Blessed be the God of the Harvest!"

(Set a piece of bread on a plate aside to give back to the Earth after ritual, then say) -

"I give this bounty of the land back to our Mother Earth and Her consort and ask that it be shared with the Faeries of the Fields and the animals of the woodland -
Offerings given in love return three-fold,
Blessed be this gift."

"I am a child of deity,
 I am part of the creative life force which moves the Universe;
 I am part of all that is.
Though we are apart, we are ever together -
For we are one in the spirit of the Goddess and God,
Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again -
Blessed be!"

(Close ritual, thank the deities and open the circle - remembering to give back to the Earth)

1 comment:

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