Online Mundus Patet! Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Tonight, Sat., August 6, the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple will have its in-person Lammas / Lughnasadh / First Harvest Ritual & Salon. All are welcome to attend! Our in-person gatherng begins 6:30 p.m. at The Hearth Room located in Webster Groves. Just join the Lammas / Lughnasadh ritual event page as “going” and/or email ravins52252@mypacks.net to sign up.

For those who are not able to participate with us in-person, we are sharing an online Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual so that everyone may participate with us! Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan has written this online ritual. While this online ritual is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple tonight.

About the Roman Celebration, basis for our Ritual:

Mundus Patet! As in The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, the mundus:

“according to Plutarch, a pit in Rome dug by Romulus (traditionally sited in the Comitium) in which he put first-fruits and earth from each territory from which his followers came, afterwards filling it up and putting an altar on it. This pit seems to have been called mundus Cereris or Cerealis, ‘pit of Ceres’… Mundus was also the name of another pit dug in Rome, probably not identified with the first, which supposedly gave access to the Underworld. The latter mundus was closed with stone except for three days of ill omen,24 August, 5 October, and 8 November, when mundis patet, ‘the pit is open’. This pit seems to have been called mundus Cereris or Cerealis, ‘pit of Ceres’…”

The pit is open – Mundus Patet! The pit was sealed by a stone lid. It is the pit, the gateway to the Underworld, where we will be placing our first fruits, the fruit of our own harvest, during our Lammas ritual.  On the days where the pit was opened, no business would be transacted (The Oxford Companion of Philosophy, 2nd ed.) – consistent with a sacred day, such as our sacred day of Lammas on the Wheel of the Year, where we celebrate the First Harvest.  We join together on this sacred day, to pay homage, to express our gratitude and to make offerings to the Great Spirit, to deity and to the helping compassionate spirits.

We make offerings of the first fruit of our own harvest. Grains are the primary offering of this time of the First Harvest, though fruits are soon to come with the Second Harvest at Mabon/the Autumn Equinox. According to Wikipedia, when the pit was opened, “offerings were made there to agricultural or underworld deities, including Ceres as goddess of the fruitful earth and guardian of its underworld portals. Its opening offered the spirits of the dead temporary leave from the underworld, to roam lawfully among the living, in what Warde Fowler describes as ‘holidays, so to speak, for the ghosts’.” It is hypothesized that the Mundus was originally for storage of seed-corn, Rome’s original seed-corn storehouse, as written in Mundus Patet by W. Warde Fowler, in 1921 (for more please read his paper HERE).

Ceres is the Roman Goddess of grain, agriculture and fertility. “As a whole, the various days of the mundus suggest rites to Ceres as the guardian deity of seed-corn in the establishment of cities, and in her function as a door-warden of the afterlife, which was co-ruled during the winter months, by her daughter Proserpina” (Wikipedia). Ceres’ daughter Prosperina of course is also a deity associated with prosperity, and the First Harvest or Lammas is in many ways a celebration of prosperity.

Lammas is a time, as was the opening of the Mundus in ancient Rome, of giving thanks for our harvest, the harvest of the grains from the field. Each year we take the grains of the harvest and save some back to seed our crops in the next growing season come spring. So now we save the seeds, and we offer the seeds to the Gods, with our gratitude, in thanks and to plant the seeds for our harvest next year. We also may wish to make a vow, in which we will receive something in return, in the spirit of Gebo, equal exchange. But be certain what you wish to vow, because you will be expected to complete that vow, that promise, to Spirit and the spirits, before receiving your blessing in return.

Do not make a vow or promise in the Mundus lightly, as it goes straight to the ears, hands and hearts of the Gods. In this case our offerings will go straight to the eyes, ears and hands of the Goddess Ceres, the Goddess Pomona (Goddess of Fruit and Prosperity/Abundance, gardens, and of course highly associated with Apples) and Mercury (Messenger of the Gods, he is a psychopomp/ guide to the dead, and is associated with communication, boundaries, financial/ prosperity). Mercury is also akin to the God Hermes who is one of the three anchor deities of the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and Tradition.

We give our love and gratitude to the Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest, and to Great Spirit, to the divine that runs through all things, for our may blessings and our bountiful harvest. Blessed be!

Online Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual:

Timing:
You are welcome to perform this ritual at any time, but if you would like to perform your working around 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Saturday, August 6, you will be working in tandem with our in-person ritual in St. Louis.

What you will need:

  • A representation of the Roman Goddess Pomona, the Goddess Ceres, and the God Mercury – a photograph, drawing or statue, or other symbol/ magickal correspondence that relates to her (you may print an image from the Internet if you do not have something); and a tealight or candle; and
  • A small dish with a stone setting in it to represent the Mundus, and
  • A seed offering or a representation of your personal first harvest this year, perhaps something from your garden, something you have made or a packet of seeds for this purpose,
  • A candle for the center of your altar representing Great Spirit, in a cauldron if you have one, but if not, any fire proof container or candle holder will do; and
  • Gold and yellow are great colors should you choose to have a cloth for your altar or sacred space.
  • Incense or sage or whatever you use to cleanse your space.
  • Of course, feel free to embellish your sacred space with anything that speaks to you of Lammas, Lughnasadh, the First Harvest and our Mundus Patet ritual.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Pomona and Ceres and Mercury and their candles, on the left place the Goddess representations (Pomona & Ceres) and on the right of the altar the God representation (Mercury); place the candle for Great Spirit in the center of your altar. Additionally, find a space to represent the Mundus wit your dish and stone. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters.

Speak from your heart to call to Ceres into your space and say:

Loving and beautiful mother, oh great goddess Ceres,
You who are the womb from whence we came
and the tomb to whence we shall return,
Renew us now, great mother, giving of life to all on earth
We bring offerings of our first seeds of this harvest,
We ask you to bless our seeds as we also plant the seeds
for our harvest to come in the springtime,
As the earth begins to move towards its great sleep this autumn,
Hold your light for us in the Underworld so that we might find our way,
We ask you to banish the darkness and reignite the light within us,
We ask you to lend us your ear, your hand and your heart, as we
humbly make our offering tonight in thanksgiving for your blessings.
In the spirit of Gebo, we give you our love and gratitude,
as we ask you to join us this blessed Lammas night!
Hail and Welcome!

Light her candle.

Speak from your heart to call to Pomona into your space and say:

Goddess of Fruit and keeper of the gardens!
Oh beautiful goddess of the Apple, fruit of love and prosperous abundance!
Your blood flows through us, deep as the rich red of the deepest fruits,
Under your guidance, may we too “know the ways of apple and almond, pear and pomegranate, the netted cherry and the sanguine mulberry.”
May we too “know the secrets of grafting scion to stock, and the perfect moment of the ripeness of a peach.”
We will join you in your labors of love, as you “pick off beetles and set traps for caterpillars, chase away deer and outsmart squirrels.”
Teach us to  “know how to encourage rooting by placing a wheat seed in the split stem of a cutting, and how to prune a rose to produce the most hips.”
Hand in hand with you, we will “water (our) fruit-trees deeply and feed them well, and (may they) reward (us) with luxuriant health and an abundant harvest, so that (our) walled orchard is truly Paradise.”
We ask you to lend us your ear, your hand and your heart, as we
humbly make our offering tonight in thanksgiving for your blessings.
In the spirit of Gebo, we give you our love and gratitude,
as we ask you to join us this blessed Lammas night!

Source for quotes above: The Tale of Pomona

Light her candle.

Speak from your heart to call to Mercury into your space and say:

Merciful and swift-footed God, Mercury, Psychopomp between the living and the dead,
We ask you to gently remove all that no longer serves us, remove all dis-ease and illness from us, taking it with you as an offering to the Underworld,
May that offering be transformed into fertilizer for the seeds that we hold back this first harvest for our crop and new growth next spring,
“Father (Mercury), I pray and beseech thee that (you) be gracious and merciful to me, my house, and my household…
That (you) permit my harvests, my grain, my vineyards, and my plantations to flourish and to come to good issue,
(That you) preserve in health my shepherds and my flocks, and give good health and strength to me, my house, and my household”, to my loved ones.
(source for quotes above: De Agricultura, CXLI)
Guide us now with your torch, lighting our own torch within, making safe our path and warming our home and hearth this autumn.
Oh Pater familias, divine essence of the Gods and all of life,
Guide us today and always, protecting us, watching over with us and granting us with prosperity in our lives.
We ask you to lend us your ear, your hand and your heart, as we
humbly make our offering tonight in thanksgiving for your blessings.
In the spirit of Gebo, we give you our love and gratitude,
as we ask you to join us this blessed Lammas night!

Light his candle.

I call to you, great Gods of the Harvest,
I call to you Goddess Ceres, Goddess Pomona and Father Mercury!
Join with me in this sacred Lammas night, lending your power to mine for this rite.
I give you this offering, the seeds from my first harvest, freely given.
In the spirit of Gebo, I ask you to bless my harvest and the seeds for my harvests to come.
I call on you to open the Mundus – Mundus Patet!
Be with me, protect me, walk with me, commune with me this night.
From my mouth to the ears, heart and hands of the Gods,
As I will it, so shall the Universe fulfill it.
Blessed be!

Light the Great Spirit / divine candle in the center of your altar.

Give your  “seed” offering to your Mundus by placing your seeds in the bowl, placing your stone on top of your seeds/offering.

Watch the candle flame grow…flicker… move. As you feel their presence grow within your circle, and feel their power merge within your circle, know that you may commune with Pomona, Ceres and Mercury. Know that they support you in this work. You may see, feel, hear or know their presence and you are open to their messages for you. If you like, you may enter into a meditation or journey to commune with them in that way, perhaps journeying to them for deeper contemplation.

As you sit in communion with them on this blessed night, you might ponder and journal

  • What does this sacred time of Lammas, Lughnasadh, the First Harvest mean to you and for your life?
  • What is your harvest this season? What might you do to improve your harvest for next year? Have you done the physical work, the work on the physical plane to manifest your harvest this year, for your harvest to flourish? What seeds do you plant from this year’s harvest to grow your new crops come springtime?
  • What is your relationship with the deities called on tonight? With Ceres, Pomona and Mercury? How do you see their archetypes and messages playing out within your own life and on the Wheel of the Year?

You may speak words of love and gratitude to Ceres, Pomona and Mercury or spend time in quiet meditation on the offering you have given. Be aware of any impressions or messages you receive during this time.

When you feel you are finished, state:

I call on the Great Gods of the Harvest,
on the Goddess Ceres, the Goddess Pomona and the God Mercury,
I call on you to close the Mundus!
I thank you for your presence in my space this blessed Lammas night.
I give you my love and blessings and I wish you farewell.
Blessed be!

Then, close your space according to your preference. Extinguish your candles or allow them to safely burn out (be sure not to leave your candles unattended and practice fire safety!)

Take your seed offerings outside and bury them in the earth. This will complete your working and close the Mundus.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual! We encourage you to post photos of your working to share your celebration of Lammas / Lughnasadh on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!), Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (all are welcome to join!; posts on this page are private, and you also have access to our private Lammas / Lughnasadh ritual event page from our group page); and the public Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual & Salon event page!

Many blessings to you! Blessed Lammas! Blessed Lughnasadh!

This ritual was adapted and/or written by  Shea Morgan and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published elsewhere without attribution and also not without written permission.

© copyright 2016 Shea Morgan. All rights reserved.

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