Lughnasadh – 2014

Last weekend our grove hosted a family campout at High Cliff state park for the Lughnasadh Lugh Altar Statuehigh-day.

In contrast to the weather report, which showed thunderstorms over
the weekend, the gods gifted us with beautiful weather, and we all had an excellent weekend.  There were children running and playing, good conversation and many games of kubb.

Saturday evening we gathered together to honor the Irish god Lugh, who is the namesake for the holiday.  He is known alternately as Lugh Lamhfada (Lugh of the long arm), or Lugh Samildánach (Lugh the many skilled).  Lamhfada refers to Lugh’s use of both the spear and sling shot, which he uses to kill the Fomorian’s champion, Balor.  Lughnasadh AltarSamildánach comes from Lugh possessing all the skills of the other members of the tuath.

While we started a bit late, we had a fine turnout and a wonderful rite.  We honored our ancestors, the sidhe and our gods.  For Lugh, the story of his coming to the Tuatha Dé Danann and the transfer of the knowledge of agriculture from the Fomorians to the Tuatha Dé Danann was told.  During the rite, many people contributed offerings to their ancestors and gods.

OracleThe oracle talked with each person individually, but also drew an oracle for the protogrove.  For the protogrove, we will see participation from those outside our group, our practices will become more integrated with daily life and we should begin seeing the fruits of our past efforts.

I would like to thank all those who contributed their time, equipment, camaraderie, and energy to make this a successful weekend.

Blessings,
Dale


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