Be at the acreage by noon
Noon - Lughnasadh Ritual
1pm - Games start
Hammer throw heavy (distance)
Hammer throw light (accuracy)
Hunker down (balance)
4pm - Lunch: Chili, cornbread, Crunchy salad, Spinach dip, Watermelon
Games continue after Lunch
Hand to Hand
7pm - Ritual for Mabon
8pm - Supper: Roast Mutton, Buns, Crunchy salad, Apple pie, Cherry torte
After supper Bonfire, drum circle and storytelling.
We started prep a week in advance decorating and getting the yard ready.
4 days before we dug the pit for the pit BBQ 5 feet deep and 8 ft by 5ft
3 days before we started to burn in the pit to prepare the coal bed. we had to burn for 2 days straight to have a coal bed 3 feet deep. The Minions and I did alot of research before we started. There is no room for error when feeding 20+ people.
2 days before we started marinading the meat.
The night before we got the mutton ready and put it in the pit to cook.
All week I asked the Gods to please let us have a beautiful day and I could not have asked for a better one. We woke up the morning of the 22 to a beautiful warm sunny day and started to cook the last minute things we needed for the rituals and feast.
|Bread God ready to be baked for the sacrifice|
|MMMMMM GOD SAUCE nuff said|
|Golden Bread God fresh out of the oven|
|getting ready for Lughnasadh ritual|
|Me explaining why we are there. We had over 20 guests join us for our celebrations and for a few of them it was the very first time they had been to a Pagan ritual.|
|Everyone gets smudged with sweetgrass sent to me by my bestie Darlene|
|Circle was cast and offerings made to the Goddess, God, Ancestors and Fae|
|We talk about and give thanks to the God for the sacrifice he is about to make. Then the young men of the family go off to find a suitable sacrifice.|
|They return with the sacrifice of Grain baked into Bread made into the form of the God|
|The Bread God is torn apart in sacrifice to be shared amongst the guests|
|Then the Harvest Maiden comes forth and offers to share the Gods seed with the land.|
|The boys share the bread with the circle and the Harvest maiden goes round with the bowl of God sauce for dipping. We go around the circle and share what we have sacrificed this year.|
|Then one of our favorite parts, The dance of the Horned God! My nephew donnes his horns|
|Zed only had one lol we were calling him Elliot from the movie Open season|
Then we sang the circle closed and declared the games started!
First was Hunker down
|This is a medieval game that tests balance.|
|You stand on a small raised platform and hold a rope. Then it is basically tug o war until one pulls the other off their platform.|
|Light Hammer throw.|
|This one is all about accuracy|
|Line up for the light hammer throw :) The games are always so much fun!|
|King Connaher dominates in this art|
|Heavy Hammer throw|
|This one is all about distance.|
|Some hand to hand|
|Both my son and nephew and trained martial artists. King Connaher dominates again.|
|King Connaher also dominates this sport|
|My boys play rough|
|Champion of the games King Connaher!! Makes his mama proud :)|
|More smudging and the circle is cast.|
|Some of our guests|
|Explaining the significance of Mabon. Giving thanks for the harvest of the fruits and vegetables.|
|Offerings are made to The God, The Goddess, The Ancestors and The Fae|
|The cup is shared as we share what we are thankful for. Then we closed the circle and watched the fireworks.|
|Then it was time to feast!! We dug out the meat and OH MY did it smell amazing!!|
|We did two legs of Mutton and one shoulder and we only had a small plate of leftovers. The Mutton was so tender it fell off the bone. Mouth wateringly delicious!! We will defiantly do it this way again.|
|Mabon feast. Roast Mutton with mint jelly, buns, grapes, figs, crunchy Greek salad, potato salad, chicken soup and bannock|