After a number of years of solitary as well as group rituals for the Sabbats, I find that celebrating takes many forms. I planned a Litha ritual with my friends yesterday, but the time was a bit late in the day. This led to having the potluck meal beforehand, and guests brought some great food, Sangria, and spiked Jell-O. It was awesome.
Time passed, and we all agreed that it was enough to enjoy the companionship of the meal to honor Litha. I think in hindsight, we should’ve had a group prayer or moment to honor the gods, but I’m sure we’ll work out the expectations of the holidays in the months to come.
My point to this post is the the holidays are as much for us as the gods, to honor friendships, Life, and blessings we have in our lives. Its up to us to decide how to do so.
There’s plenty of traditions to choose from, but its important to follow what feels right, and what speaks to you personally. Go with your heart.
On a side note to those who have groups or covers, I suggest having members participate as a group to help organize rituals and potlucks. This allows for practice for newbies, while allowing the more experienced to share their ideas. The ritual or celebration ends up a group effort, holding more meaning and symbolism that touches upon the souls of all who participate.
Our meals consisted of;
Homemade gnocchi with garlic
Broccoli and cauliflower cooked in broth and garlic
A meat and cheese tray
Homemade Sangria, served in apples with fruits
A ribbon Jell-O mold spiked with Vanilla Rum (this was very good!)
Cookies and cakes