August 2nd, 2015
Deities of the Occasion: Lugh and Ana
Offerings: bow and arrows
Omen: Hagalaz – Jera – Peorth
Return flow: ginger ale
The risky part of doing your rituals outside is that nature happens, and it may not happen in a helpful way. The owner of the site called me on Saturday to warn me that a tree had fallen and was blocking the pathway to the nemeton, and since I couldn’t get anyone out there to deal with it during the day, we had to cancel Fire Watch. Rodney managed to get there early on Sunday, and it was just that the top of one tree had fallen down, not the giant tree lying crosswise that I had feared.
So we had a lovely ritual with a different set of offerings than we usually do for Lughnasadh, but it was just me, Rod and Gen, plus two new people. Frustrating as it is to have a low turnout at ritual, even when everyone has good reasons not to be there (work or other commitments), it’s even more frustrating when we get new folks who are clearly not going to experience the best ritual we could offer. (Frankly, I’m just glad Gen was there when they arrived. I know how it must look when you walk down a forest path and it’s just a creepy-looking guy like me sitting there.)
In any case, we did the ritual, fulfilling our promise to our gods and to ADF to do so, and the omen was passable. And at least it gave us lots of time to answer questions from the new folks.
Yeah, I just hate August in general. Autumn can’t arrive soon enough.
Rev. Rob Henderson
Senior Druid, Shining Lakes Grove, ADF