Several members and friends of Columbia Protogrove were able to attend our Archdruid Rev. Kirk Thomas Summer Solstice Ritual at Trout Lake Abby Druid Sanctuary.
We invited and made sacrifices to the deities of the occasion in a Gaulish style ritual. We offered to Taranis to bring the rains to end our terrible drought and to petition him to keep his lightning to a minimum. and to Sulis the Goddess of the Sun.
The weather was perfect and we were graced by the most spectacular sunset. Mt Adams seemed to glow in the background and the sounds of frogs were everywhere. I walked around a Celtic stone labyrinth and we burnt a wicker man during the ritual that contained our thoughts, fears and hopes written down on scraps of paper. I could literally feel everyone around me let out a sigh of release as the wicker man burnt.
My sacrifices for this ritual included a song from our local Grove to our Sovereign goddess Columbia, and personal offerings to my patron Brigid for helping me heal my previously broken foot so quickly in order to attend the ritual altogether
One of the offerings to Taranis was a bushel of wheat that would not catch fire, and our fire portal also had a hard time catching fire, so we collectively decided that this must be a good omen that Taranis did not want to spread fire during such a hot, dry time. This was a good omen against wild fires.