Feature Article: Lughnassadh 2017

The PCV’s public Lughnassadh ritual was this year hosted by the always welcoming folk of Silver Birch Grove ADF. Thankyou again for such a lovely and meaningful ritual to celebrate the first harvest. 🙂

Lughnassadh 2017

By Ang Bausch

On Sunday we arrived at Rushall Reserve to celebrate our Lughnassadh ritual. It was a very steamy day and the water in the creek very low.

Laughnassdh is a day where we Honour Lugh by show our skills or make meaningful offerings. Silver birch grove followed the core order of ritual, our deity of the occasion was Lugh.

Shaz first offered small apples, her first harvest and then we showed our skills and offerings. Then our senior Druid Shaz, took the omen with the ogham cards. Alder was the card chosen- meaning a shield, guidance and protection. The group took this to be a good omen.

Shaz’s skill was her story telling of Lugh at the gates of Tara, Callum showed his skills in creating our circle, Dean offered his herb smug stick to the fire. Cole offered Obsidian to the grove treasures and an athame he made with birch wood by hand. I offered a poem written for Lughnassdh, Mark offered his herbs and rhubarb, Josie offered her zucchini slice made with her own garden vegetables , Ryan offered us his hand made incense bags, Sarah offered us a beautiful horse shoe, Alex offered his herbs to the fire.

Thank you to all those who attended today and took part in our ritual. We ended our rite with our usual picnic lunch.

 

Lughnasadh Meal and Bonfire

To celebrate the traditions of Lughnasadh (the first harvest of the season) there will be a gathering for a meal and bonfire on Thursday 2 February 2017. During dinner the very knowledgeable Chris Sitka will be making a presentation called Origins of the Great Goddess. Chris’ talk and slides set out archeological evidence of reverence for the goddess among our ancestors in prehistory. After dinner and enjoy the bonfire where you may pay respects to Lugh, the shining one, if you so desire.

Hosted by Caroline Denigan and Geelong Pagans. See the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Throughout and About: The PCV in January 2017

The PCV in January 2017
By Josie, Ryan, Sarah and Dorian

We hit the ground running (and jingling!) this year, with coffee and pub moots happening in the Melbourne CBD, Belgrave and Frankston, as well as the very first rehearsals of our brand spankin’ new Morris side, Oak, Smash and Thorn.

Below is a visual wrap-up of the PCV in January.

Hills Pagan Coffee Meet

We started the year off with our perennial favourite, the monthly Hills Pagan Coffee Meet. We had another bumper group attending, with faces old and new coming along for a chat and a cuppa in the beautiful setting of Earthly Delights Cafe, Belgrave.

The Hills Coffee Meet, Jan 2017

 

Oak, Smash and Thorn Pagan Morris

Our newest initiative this year is Oak, Smash and Thorn Pagan Morris. This began as the brainchild of committee members Sarah and Josie. Rehearsals started in January (on a forty degree day, because we are very sensible), with plans already made for a dance out at Beltane this year! It’s all very exciting, and the support from both the Pagan and Morris communities has been overwhelming. The team is still very green, but will be opening rehearsals up once they find their (tinkly, jingly) feet.

 

CBD Pagan Pub Moot

This was our biggest Moot yet, with organiser Ryan reporting more than thirty attendees taking over the beer garden of our new venue, The Last Jar. We also celebrated Dean’s birthday with cupcakes and a silly hat. Happy Birthday, Dean!

Bi-Monthly Frankston/Cranbourne Coffee Meets

January also marked our inaugural Bi-Monthly Frankston/Cranbourne Coffee Meet, hosted by committee member Dorian.

The first Frankston/Cranbourne area meet was a success with a small but lively group, good food and excellent conversation. The staff at Groove Train were lovely and accommodating. Hopefully word will spread and the next meet in late March will see the meet grow to be even better.

dorian-frankcran-jan17

What’s Next for the PCV?

To see more of what’s coming up in the PCV and in the wider Pagan community, visit our Community Calendar.