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Solitary Lughnasadh Ritual



Place upon the altar sheaves of wheat, barley or oats, fruit and breads, and a loaf fashioned in the figure of the Sun or a man to represent the God. Corn dollies, symbolic of the Goddess, can be present there as well. Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Stand before the altar, holding aloft the sheaves of grain, saying these or similar words:

Blessed be this season of Lammas, time of the First Harvest, when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive. Oh God of the ripening fields, Lord of the Grain, who give sustenance to the people, grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer. Oh Goddess of the Moon, teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold.

Rub the heads of the wheat with your fingers so that the grains fall onto the altar. Lift a piece of fruit and bite it, savoring its flavor, and say:

I partake of the first harvest, mixing its energies with mine that I may continue my quest for the starry wisdom of perfection. Oh Lady of the Moon and Lord of the Sun, gracious ones before Whom the stars halt their courses, I offer my thanks for the continuing fertility of the Earth. May the nodding grain loose its seeds to be buried in the Mother's breast, ensuring rebirth in the warmth of the coming Spring.

Take the bread from the altar and say:

Many blessings I have been given, I count them now by this bread of the grain of Mother Earth.

Name all the things you are thankful for one by one. With each thing you name, break off a small piece of bread and eat it. Place the bread aside so that it can be placed outside as a libation to the faeries and animals.

Thank you Great Mother. I ask that you humbly accept my offering of this bread. May it be used to feed your loved ones in nature.

Consume the rest of the fruit. Works of magic, if necessary, may follow. Celebrate the Simple Feast. Release the circle.

It is appropriate to plant the seeds from the fruit consumed in the ritual. If they sprout, grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection with the Goddess and God.

Blessed be.


 
 

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