Summer Solstice Ritual
June 18th, 2017
Deities of the Occasion: Bel and Danu
Offerings: oil / sun wheel
Omen: Gebo / Tiwaz / Fehu
Return flow: the Lemonade of Life
(Ritual photos by David Rozian can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidrozian/albums/72157685344104785 )
The weather was sunny but windy, preventing us from getting the pavilion set up, but with none of the possible showers I’d been worried about, it worked out fine. (Well, I did end up having to navigate my way up the steps into the house for the potluck, but honestly, I need the exercise.)
We had a good turnout, especially considering we did the ritual on Father’s Day to avoid conflicting with Michigan Pagan Fest. It would be nice not to have to make that choice every year, but that’s the nature of running a public group.
The ritual itself was our usual summer fare of singing and burning things for Bel and Danu. The solstices tend to be less intense than our other rites, but that’s what Bel and Danu have told us they prefer.
The new site is definitely working out well so far, I just hope Lughnasadh isn’t windy as I suspect it will be hot enough for us to want that pavilion up for shade!