Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).
Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld. (taken from www.WitchcraftandMagic.uk ).
**Ritual will be facilitated by our Team of Trainee-coven members**
This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..
Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.
1. Get to Cockfosters (north end of Piccadilly Line Tube station). Come out of Tube station, and turn right onto Cockfosters Road. Stay on same side of road. walk on Cockfosters Road for 5mins – go immediately past Petrol station, then Cemetry… Then you will come to park Gate (big wall/ gate) called `Cockfoster Gate’
2. Enter Trent park.. Walk along the path / road…for 5 mins.. Go past a small monument.. and you will come to a Cafe & Car park areas (with toilet building nearby).
Meet us by the cafe tables.
3. When ready we will walk a little back along the path, to a side field.
If you are late..you can just enter the park…walk 2- mins (past a pond on the right) and turn right into the field (without going on to the cafe).
Here is the aerial map.
link to our meetup event
Wicca Lammas 2016 & Pan’s Picnic at Trent Park
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016, 1:30 PM
Trent Park (north london) Cockfosters Gate, Cockfosters Road, Greater London, GB
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Join us for Pan’s Picnic – to celebrate LAMMAS 2016. (Free outdoor/ woodland event – Family-friendly – to mark the Harvest time with Ceremony and social).Lammas: “All that rise shall fall again.”. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband…
The following guided Meditation was written by me, for use in an Open Lammas ritual in London (for Pagan Federation London seasonal event ..on 30July’15). I decided to share it here for the benefit of others. The art work herein was done specially for this.
“In myth & legends, the concept of personal sacrifice occurs again and again. It is often coupled with some quest and a reward to gain something important. Here are some examples:
-The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, was to remove the sins of the people.
-The Sacrifice of Odin / the God who hung upon the World Tree – was to gain the secrets and mysteries of the Runes.
-The sacrifice of the Corn King / Barley Corn is for harvest and to renew the energies of the land.
-And on the darker side, Hern sacrificed himself on a Windsor Oak tree, for vengeance and Justice.
Now think about your own lives. Think about your own struggles and challenges and quests, and the sacrifices you keep making..over and over.. again and again.. day after day… months..and months..year after year.
Q: Take a moment to think about these personal sacrifices.. The Card you picked at the start may offer some divinatory focus.
Q: Have they produced the rewards? Have you got the results you were seeking? If not, why not?
Q: Sometimes, more often, in order for magic to happen, you must do the spell and then let go.. totally let go…
Close your eyes now..and imagine yourself as the being that is hanging by the feet upon the World tree..like Odin and the Hanged Man. You dangle above the Earth.. neither rising, nor falling.. between worlds.. and not part of the world. You have hung long enough. You have suffered long enough. It is time to drop back into the world and be part of it, so that your magic can materialise in your life!
Get ready to count from 10…down to 1. On the count of 1, you are going to let go, and drop..and glide back to the Earth.
10.. 9..8.. 7.. 6.. 5..4..3..2..
Bright Lammas Blessings
(c) Mani Navasothy
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Kate’s overdue for delivering the future King/Queen of the country ..but only by human standards! She’s right on time by Fate’s clock I say!
In 2 days (17th July to 20th July, then 22nd July) some brilliant astrological transits (grand trines) are about to take place.. and I think the child will be born in that time.. and dare I say, he/she will possess incredible astrological potential for making the world a better place.. more so than Diana or William..
I may live long enough to see that over the next many decades..or not. Doesn’t matter. I am blooming (!) excited about this ..from an astrological point of view. Simple because, any child born in the next week or so (not just the Royal one for Prince William & Kate Windsor) is coming into this world on a most auspicious astrological time. It’s all happening and linking the sun-sign of Cancer, which is what the new Royal baby is going to be..(unless s/he is born after 22nd July..in which case it’ll be a Leo).
Some years ago, some of us in Hern’s Tribe (our outdoor ritual group..now in it’s 9th year) started doing an old custom..of performing a Windsor-Hern ritual, for the well-being of this land.. (they did it for the well-being of Royalty..but we changed it to a Sovereignty of Land ritual). In fact, the very firstone we did happen to coincide with Prince Charles & Camilla’s wedding (well, they moved their wedding date by a day later, and that then fell on the day that we had scheduled to do the ritual.. in 2005). Here’s the link for that page in Hern’s Tribe.
I’ve been planning to `keep our promise’ to Hern, and do the ceremony in Wondsor soon (haven;t done it this year yet)…and this occassion seems ideal for that now.. Sometime in the coming 2-3 weeks.. just as we head into Leo, and also Lammas (Harvest festival of Pagans).
Watch this blog for updates…on when we’ll be doing that Ceremony in Windsor Great Park (may be short notice)..
Lammas is one of the 8 agricultural festivals celebrated by modern pagans – in the UK, Europe, America and other countries where pagan practices are observed (and growing).
What’s Lammas? Agriculturally? Magically? What does it mean for the non-pagans.. and for the world at large? These are questions I have asked myself – for being a pagan doesn’t mean socialising and caring for other pagans, but for the whole world- Paganism is all about nature worships, and nature in my book includes all on Earth!
Here’s what I wrote about Lammas in my Witchcraft and Magic website for the festival section:
“All that rise shall fall again.. says the popular pagan poetry! The newborn Sun-child of Yule has grown to be a rampant and playful youth and lover at Spring, committed man and husband at Beltane and responsible Sun-King at Midsummer. And at the time of Lammas, at the height of his supreme power, the King steps down- or rather gives up his life force to the land! This is harvest time in the fields, where Corn and other such grain are harvested. John Barleycorn is `baked’ and sacrificed. In God mythology, the God willingly gives himself up and the Goddess cuts him down, so that his blood may feed the land. Though it may sound alarmingly gruesome, this is to be seen in terms of symbolism, and not actual! The spilling of his blood is in fact the falling of the grains and seeds to the ground, that they may produce next year’s crops! Just as the fallen seed sleeps safely within the soil, till winter passes and next spring, so the spirit of the Lammas-King enters the underworld.”
So effectively, Pagans celebrate the first Harvest of the crops (agricultural).. harvest of the Corn and wheat! And traditionally, the first cut of the corns is kept, woven into a Corn-dolly and kept in the house as a symbol, and at the start of the following year’s farming preparations, it is ploughed back into the fields. Thus the energy is returned to the farmland/ field.
In magical rituals, traditionally, one person takes on the role of the `Corn-King’ , and is invoked with those energies, revered, celebrated, and at the culmination of magical ceremony amidst songs and dance- symbolically cut down as a Willing Sacrifice. No, not in the style of some hollywood horror movie. But a designated Priestess (representing the Earth) passes a sickle or knife across the neck (symbolic!!) and the `Corn-King’ falls gently to the ground (in a dramatic way!) He is then covered up by a cloth, and all dance around and `mourn’ the passing of the Corn-King, and his willing sacrifice. Towards the end of the ritual, he is `resurrected’ (pagans don’t like to leave an enacting person `dead’ !) This is ritual drama – that is all. Cutting off the head, releases the energy of the Corn king, which is needed to replenish the land once more!
But many years ago, I was having a dialogue with the late Maureen Brown (High Priestess) on these matters, and she discussed the idea of `Every man giving (not giving up, but giving) his life-forces – the ability to create life. Yes we are talking about the sperms! There are impulses within all biological beings to procreate. But there are also primal instincts of self-preservation. To procreate one must choose to let go of some of those self-preservation instincts – because the Offspring born will eventually grow and rise, to challenge his/her father (parental figure). The next generation can not truly be free until the previous one lets go. The great Oak must fall, so that the acorn in it’s shadow can see new light and grow. The genetic material goes on (in the Offspring), but not the biological entity (father).
So for a man, the sacrifice is the letting go of his life-force, in favour of his off-spring. The `corn’ must be cut down, so that its seeds can fall to the ground and crate he next generation of crops. The corn holds the mystery. And a man must let go of his seeds, so that they may create the offspring. This is the deeper male mystery that many have become oblivious to! It has been known that in private & personal magical Lammas rituals, some Male priests have symbolically `offered’ their owns seeds to the Earth. As we all know, magic can be done with all sorts of body fluids – blood, sweat, urine, and of course sperms!
KINGS & DICTATORS – a special case
On a communal, world front, the Lammas principle is all about someone who has been in power – and serving the land and people- stepping down willingly his or her time has come!) – so that another one who has proved him/her self may take the place of the Ruler!
There is such a thing as holding on to power for it’s own sake – something Dictators are well known for doing! They do not step down – for whatever reason, and te land and it’s people suffer under such dictatorial rules. So unless old age, illness or some accident removes those dictators from power – naturally – it is left up to the People ..and rebellions to rise, and over-throw the Dictator! (In democratic places, this would be some sort of referendum, public poles, elections etc, and in non-democratic countries, this often is outright civil unrest, rebellions, even warped rebellion which is terrorism of groups fighting against tyranny of their own government or rulership! Here the Robin_hood principle comes into play!)
There are some special cases of people in power – even the `good ones’- holding on to their reign for so long. One must wonder if it is because of fear of their successor not doing a good job, or if it is pure ego. One example of this that I can see is the Royalty in England at the moment!!
The reluctant King who does not step down – is not limited to royalty, but to other politicians, presidents, military leaders, Board of Directors in Companies, Media bosses…and even community leaders! Anyone who stays past their time in a position of power and authority of serving or ruling is simply.. tempting the natural order to step in.. and Lammas principle to enter their lives. And it will happen, sooner or later! (This will happen to all of us, in our own realms and communities, in whatever power and positions we each hold. That must not be forgotten. And yes, I am aware of it. It is why I tend to step down from certain things when I feel my time has come.. and I start to do that quite a few months before Lammas! That is my way of working this energy! )
So every time pagans re-enact a Lammas ritual, the cutting down of the Corn King- we are in fact enforcing and strengthening this magical principle – for I have realised, that is how we the people of the land rule and govern our Kings and Dictators – by magic!