ADF Dedicant Path: First High Day Recap (Lughnasadh)
I celebrated Lughnasadh with the Silver Branch Golden Horn (SBGH) grove on August 4th.
The rite was Celtic and honored the god Lugh as patron. The sea-god Manannán mac Lir was the gatekeeper.
Before beginning, our senior druid told us about the god Lugh for the benefit of new members or anyone not familiar with Celtic lore.
For my own part, I gave silent praise offerings to my ancestors and to a particular deity with whom I tentatively wish to establish a relationship. I’ve been actively shutting out my affinity for this deity until now since she is not of my hearth culture. But I decided that it can’t hurt to open myself up to communication and see where it goes.
This rite included a supplemental working, wherein we each got to hit a piñata representation of the one-eyed giant, Balor, who represented a personal obstacle which would prevent us from harvesting the fruits of upcoming endeavors. The piñata was filled with candy and runes. We each grabbed a few runes, without first looking at what they were.
I picked up Mannaz, Eihwaz, and Inguz. I also drew Eihwaz and Inguz during my solitary First Oath ritual. Apparently the powers really want me to exercise patience for new beginnings about the emerge. Since taking up a serious interest in my spirituality (moving out of in-name-only pagan status), I have been rushing to establish my place in the pagan world. Rushing to a hearth culture, avoiding deities who don’t fit into my pre-defined identity, etc.
The omen (rune) drawn for the group as a whole was Wunjo. We accidentally did the supplemental working before receiving blessing since our leader forgot his script guide, but the ritual ran smoothly otherwise and the omen of Wunjo was interpreted as a good one.