As is our tradition, Northern Rivers Protogrove gathered with Muin Mound Grove to celebrate the Irish festival of Lughnasadh. It was a multi-day event held at Rev. Skip Ellison’s home. A few Northern River Rats were able to attend on Saturday and Sunday. As always, it’s wonderful when the tribes can gather to keep the old ways and strengthen our bonds. It’s also important that we meet with other groves from time to time. It shows us different ways of doing things and inspires us to be inventive.
In addition to the competitive games, there were other activities for young and old alike such as a trampoline, swimming, catch, and kuub. Artisans displayed their work. The pool was especially welcomed as it was a sunny, warm weekend. Saturday night, we had a big feast followed by card games and songs around a bonfire. Muin Mound has some very talented bards!
We honored Lugh during our ritual Sunday afternoon. Muin Mound, being the hosts, lead the ritual, but they opened ritual parts up to us as well. Grey helped with the two powers meditation, Cassandra placated the sky spirits, and Jacob welcomed the Ancestors. Offerings were given, prayers were said, and songs were sung. We parted in good spirits, excited for all we experienced, and already looking forward to next year’s gathering.