Mabon 2011 Celebration - The Hagging
Above are photos of our altar, including a close-up of some things on it, our feast table and my Hag. Our incense of the season was WonderWorks Equinox blend.
This is a special ritual for two reasons, it was the first one the AWC has had since we decided to formalize, and also because it was the largest ritual we’ve had yet with many special guests in attendance. I love this ritual, it’s my third year (or is it fourth?) doing it with this my lovelies, and its definitely a highlight of our celebration calendar.
This ritual has a definite Celtic flavour, as it is lead by one of our members who originally comes from that path. There are obviously some anachronisms in some of the choices of materials, as it has been adapted to Canadian circumstances and the use of corn instead of wheat. (The former is indigenous to the Americas, whereas the latter is not.)
This ritual is joyful, yet heavy at the same time. We embark on a great commitment of time and energy. We bring forth the heart and wisdom of the crone (Cailleach) into our lives for the continuance of her protection and nourishment in the upcoming seasons of cold. If you take care of her then she in turn will also take care of you. We honour the dark half of the year with the creation of our hags. We care for her throughout the dark her until spring Equinox, when she is then released.
My hags, have in the past, enjoyed offerings of whiskey (traditional), gin and rum (not so traditional). I’ve also heard of hags that enjoy Jägermeister. They all have their own personalities, and I’m excited to get to know this one better. I think this year she looks a bit like a showgirl with a fancy head-dress. LOVE IT!