wheel of the year

The time of trial marriages, rolling of the wheel downhill for fertility, the first harvest, time of height of summer and the sun

Berengaria Order of Druids ceremony – Lughnasadh
By Sarah Rooke, Archdruidess

On an altar let there be a phial of anointing oil, a chalice of water, a salver of salt, burning incense, three lighted candles, a rock or crystal, some flowers, a wand and or athame, a sword or bat’leth (if possible), bread and wine/fruit juice and a container of herbs. Druids in white or pastel, or Druidic/Celtic robes

Opening Ceremony

Celebrant: Before I begin, am I ready to start this ceremony?

Celebrant: I am

Celebrant: (Takes sword or wand in the air, going round in a circle) I conjure thee oh circle of power, that thou may be a meeting place of love, joy and truth, a shield against all wickedness and evil, a container and a condenser of all the power that we shall raise within thee. A rampart and a protection. Until the time when the sky falls above our heads, or the sea rises up and smothers us, or the earth opens her maw and swallows us, in the holy names of the gods and goddesses that we worship, I do consecrate and bless thee

Celebrant: The earth is blessed

Celebrant holding a container of salt water, walks round the circle, sprinkling on floor saying:

Earth and water were you cast, let no adverse purpose past. Be in complete accord with we, as is our will so mote it be

Celebrant holding burning incense, walks around circle, wafting the scent everywhere saying:

Air and fire harken now to our desire, awaken the sleeper deep within, let no evil enter in.  Be in complete accord with we, as is our will so mote it be

Celebrant (at East):  There is peace in the East

Celebrant (at South): There is peace in the South

Celebrant (at West): There is peace in the West

Celebrant (at North): There is peace in the North

Celebrant (standing in centre):  There is peace throughout the entire land

Celebrant: Holds athame/wand up and in a sweeping circle points it down saying:

The Earth our mother lies at our feet, the sky above protects us. This circle is now complete, and the ceremony may now commence

The main ceremony

Celebrant: I stand before the Sacred Grove of Minbar of the Berengaria Order of Druids and to the Guardians, Ancestors, and Spirits of this Place.  I declare my intent, I am grey, I stand between the candle and the star. We are grey, we stand between the darkness and the light

Celebrant: Lughnasadh or Lammas is the time of high summer and the height of the sun. The name derives from Lugh or Lir, who was the Sun god. In times past, trial marriages would be contracted as the wedding of the God and Goddess, as the Sun God and Earth Goddess, was remembered and celebrated. In Eire, it was Diarmuid and Grainne who eloped. Wheels of fertility would be rolled downhill and bread would be baked from the first wheat harvest. Thus the time was one of joy and life, as everyone delighted in the green fields and the sun, and games were played as part of the festivities. In Ancient Egypt, the temple procession from Karnak to Luxor in honour of Amum and Muth, with the Pharaoh and Queen in attendance, as Osiris and Isis, took place at the time of the Sirian New Year or Opet and the inner mysteries was enacted in the Holy of Holies. 

Celebrant (offering incense): For without summer, there would be no new autumn. And without autumn, there would be no new winter. And without winter, there would be no new spring. And without spring, there would be no new summer. Goddess to God, God to Goddess, Priestess to Priest, Priest to Priestess, Woman to Man, Man to Woman, Mother to Son, Son to Mother, Daughter to Father, Father to Daughter, Sister to Brother and Brother to Sister. May we all unite in love and peace, joy and harmony, beauty and abundance. Within every Masculine nature lies the Feminine and within every Feminine nature lies the Masculine- the Sacred Marriage or Mystical Union, is truly holy and was well known in the ancient world. Whether the God be known as Diarmuid, Adonis, Ares, Yahweh, Osiris and the Goddess as Grainne, Astarte, Aphrodite, Shekinah and Isis.  For every man and boy are Sons of the God, and every woman and girl are Daughters of the Goddess.

Celebrant takes time to meditate and reflect on this mystery, reflecting in ones own life and at this special time of the year. 

Celebrant: This would then be like Worf and K’Ehleyr, Kira Nerys and Vedek Bareil, Sheridan and Delenn, Deanna Troi and Will Riker. We know what you are thinking though, the Corps is Mother and the Corps is Father! 

Celebrant: This Sacred Marriage refers also to all forms of partnerships and relationships, as well as to True Love. True Love and Marriage means a marriage at all levels, that is the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, intuitive, spiritual and astral planes, and all in unison. We need to transcend what we know and go beyond to what lies ahead, so that we can progress the boundaries of space and time. One way of doing this, is to look towards the Spiral of Oneness, where True Love can be found.

Celebrant: Know that Isis and Osiris, the True Loves of the Cosmos throughout Time and Space, and Daughter and Son of Nuit, Goddess of the Sky, and Geb, God of the Earth, were born on the Five Intercalary Days of the Sirian New Year, along with their son Horus, sister Nephthys and brother Set, after Thoth, God of Wisdom, had won a seventy second part of the moon’s light from a game of chess. The actual arrival of these Neters or Gods sparked a New Era in the history of the planet. Now, as myths go, this really describes a series of events on Earth through the Ages that was known in Arcane tradition and was handed down in Ancient Egyptian temples through the priesthood. 

Celebrant: And the Neters may well be the protégés of the Timeless Ones, or the Time Lords, or possibly even Atlanteans escaping the Flood from the Old Country, as that continent sunk into the oceans of Earth many thousands of years ago. Or maybe they could be visitors from the Stars, like Sirius, come to teach and guide us. For we are all made of Star Stuff. 

Celebrant: This sounds like a job for the X Files! Where’s Mulder and Scully? Or it could be even likened to the Arrival of Valen. For we are all made of the Stars as we are of this planet, and we are also of the Sun and Moon, in being created from the same matter in the cosmos, like atoms of molecules of the universe. From the big bang, to the big crunch, and to the big bang again. Just like the ourobouros or serpent eating its own tail. Alpha and Omega. For there is truly no end. 

Celebrant: May the Goddesses and Gods bestow their gifts of joy and love to all in peace and harmony.

 A path working or meditation in the celebrants chosen path may follow. Celebrant may seek to commune with the Gods and Goddesses of their tradition.

Celebrant: I give thanks to the Guardians, Ancestors and Spirits of the Place for the Inspiration, Originality, and Imagination that has been bestowed on me today.

Celebrant holds out platter of bread, with wand/athame makes pentagram to bless it

I hereby bless this in the name of the Gods and Goddesses

Celebrant holds out chalice of wine, with wand/athame makes pentagram to bless it

I hereby bless this in the name of the Gods and Goddesses.

After partaking of bread and wine, celebrant intones druidic chant of Awen three times: 

Awen, Awen, Awen

Celebrant: I shall now recite the Druids Prayer, Grant oh God/Goddess, thy protection, and in protection, strength. And in strength, understanding, and in understanding, knowledge. And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice, and in the knowledge of justice, the love of it. And in the love of it, the love of all existences. And in the love of all existences, the love of god and goddess and all goodness

Celebrant: I shall now say the Druids Oath, We swear, by peace and love to stand, heart to heart and hand in hand, mark oh spirit and hear us now, confirming this our sacred vow.

Celebrant may like to offer their own poems, dancing or songs here, and also any special prayers or thoughts at this time as they feel appropriate

Closing Ceremony

Celebrant: As is tradition, I raise my hands in the air, sending out thoughts of peace and harmony to all things and beings, and any projects I have in mind

Celebrant:  My ceremony completed, I close this circle so I may return to everyday life. But first i thank the Guardians, Ancestors and Spirits of the Place.

Turns to East: There is peace in the East

Turns to South: There is peace in the South

Turns to West: There is peace in the West

Turns to North: There is peace in the North

Standing in centre: There is peace throughout the entire land

Celebrant: In the Name of the Gods and Goddesses that I worship, I send blessings out to the cosmos and the soma of our Universe, and all lifeforms, things and beings, remembering that the truth is out there! We also give thanks to the Gods and Goddesses for the love, beauty and truth that surrounds us now and forever. May we go forth with the Divine Blessing. Live Long and Prosper. May the Force Be With Us! Happy Lughnasadh!

Celebrant: Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again

 Note: This a solo use ceremony that can be performed alone by oneself or with others

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