The Druids Oath;
We swear by Peace and Love to stand, heart to heart and hand in hand,
Mark, Oh Spirit, and hear us now, confirming this our sacred vow!
The mighty wheel of the year has turned upon us once more,
And I give thanks for the bountiful harvest.
All hail the Sun, whose golden rays have bestowed magic
upon the growing fruits of our lands.
All hail the Sun He has ripened our fields And blessed us by grain without number.
This joyous time is the first harvest of Lammas!
So All hail the great Sun And He will come again.
And now all about us as days do shorten, we stand ready for the dark time ahead.
With corn stored in abundance against the cold darkness of winter
we face the bleak hardship without any dread.
So mote it be!
Lammas c. The Bard Of Ely, 2011.
Poems narrated by The Bard of Ely.
Welsh Translation kindly provided by Gareth Owen
Rheolwr y Theatr / Theatre Manager, Theatr y Pafiliwn / Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl.
For full details please see Blog here;
( celestialelfdanceoflife.blogspot.com/2011/06/lammas-wickerman.html )
The Bard of Ely is an eco-warrior, poet, author, Arthurian Druid, master of herblore, singer-songwriter, techno-folk fusion pioneer, actor and performer originally from Cardiff, Wales.
In the tradition of Welsh Bards such as Taliesin, The Bard of Ely shares his skills as Principal Bard of the Loyal Arthurian Warband Druidic Order (Stonehenge) and Gorsedd of Bards of Caer Abiri (Avebury), as well as across the wide reaching area of his spiritual mission.
In 2002 and 03, The Bard of Ely was both compère for the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival and played there, as well as at the Green Man Festival. The Bard of Ely's albums are avaliable from DMMG Records:
( dmmg.webs.com/ ) and at iTunes.
As a writer He has authored Herbs of the Northern Shaman and written widely, including for Permaculture and Feed Your Brain magazines, CJ Stone's Prediction and the NFOP magazine. You can find about more about The Bard of Ely at his Blog ( bardofelysays.blogspot.com/ )
Lammas, also called Lughnasadh (Loo-Nah-Sah) in commemoration of The Celtic Sun God Lugh, occurs at the beginning of the harvest season, in the Northern Hemisphere 1st August, in the Southern February 1st.
Lugh, also known as the patron of Bards and Magicians, came to be associated with grain in Celtic mythology because Tailtiu his foster mother died from exhaustion after clearing the great forest so the people could cultivate the lands. Before she died she told them that her son Lugh, the Sun King, would pour his spirit into the grain to sustain them over the long fruitless winters. People honor Her gift and the crops with a day of thanksgiving for the harvest.
Grain has been associated by many cultures with the mystery of death and rebirth for centuries, English folklore represents John Barleycorn as the crop of barley, corresponding to the same cyclic nature of planting, growing, harvesting, death and rebirth.
Sir James Frazer cites John Barleycorn In The Golden Bough as proof of a Pagan cult in England that worshiped a god of vegetation, who was then sacrificed to bring fertility to the fields.
It is tempting to see in this tradition echoes of human sacrifice as portrayed in The Wickerman film (1973), but that is not really what this time is about.
Whilst there was a Celtic ritual of dressing the last sheaf of corn to be harvested in fine clothes, or weaving it into a wicker-like man or woman, it was believed that the Sun 's spirit was trapped in the grain and needed to be set free by fire, so the effigy was burned. This tradition is thought by many to have been the origin of the misconception that Druids made human sacrifices, along with Julius Caesar's politically motivated accounts.
Bright Blessings to you ~
Grateful thanks to The Bard of Ely for permission to use his song I AM;
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