Ceremony performed on Sunday 1st May.
The one thing about the lighter months is that we actually get to see the Grove in the last hours of daylight. The grass was long and even the bluebells were out, all heralding the promise of summer. Even Briseilid’s missing watch was found in the earth.
The rain from earlier made it difficult for the flames to take, but with great persistence and team effort, it caught and our fire was ready for the ceremony.
Greenfingers had volunteered for his first leading of a ceremony and a grand job he did of it too!
Taking it directly from the OBOD sources, we went old school and had the union of the Goddess and the Green Man. There was no ritual hanky panky however (we ain’t that kinda Grove!) but any deity based bowowchikkawow was purely symbolic in the poetry read by the representative. For the Goddess, we had Briseilid and for the Green Man, we had Strider (complete in camouflage). And together they led a dance between the two fires to purify ourselves and celebrate Spring going into Summer. I even used my old Morris dance stepping to be part of the dance.
After the dance, words were given on the conceiving of the Mabon as the child within and how we should nurture this being within us all.
There were even gifts of tulips and Hawthorne and yes, the fire was leapt too!
Well done Greenfingers for a stirling celebration of bringing in the May!
All pics by locklsey.