Summer Solstice Ritual
June 19th, 2016
Deities of the Occasion: Bel and Danu
Offerings: oil, sun wheel
Omen: Sowilo / Peorth / Fehu
Return flow: water
Our first ritual at our temporary location in South Lyon. The site worked out very well, there’s a shady spot near the barn than was pleasant for doing ritual, plus we had access to a house with bathrooms and air conditioning.
I’m sorry that only six people were there to enjoy it! Since we switch to Sunday rituals, I’ve been advocating that we hold the ritual on Father’s Day rather than hold it the weekend of Michigan Pagan Fest, but given how few people from MPF ever come to our rites anyway, I’m reconsidering that now. (Then again, we got 15 people at last year’s rite, so maybe Father’s Day isn’t a guaranteed issue.)
In any case, those of us who were there honored Bel and Danu with our usual Sun Litany and passing the sun wheel (no hills to roll it down after setting it on fire) (not that anyone will ever let me do that) to honor the sun at its high point while remembering the cold time of year that is coming. And the potluck included homemade marshmallows, with strawberry and lemon flavoring, which were way better than I’d have expected!
Rev. Rob Henderson
Senior Druid, Shining Lakes Grove, ADF