I decided that I was going to leave the Fire festivals as is and use the ADF COoR structure for the other four festivals, so this ritual was pretty much what I was used to doing.
I decided that I wanted my ritual to start at sunset so that I could be at home by 11:00 pm, since my husband can’t stay with me in the desert today as I had originally planned (they changed his schedule at work). I got to the desert just before sunset and got busy setting up my altars and getting everything ready for my ritual. Then I grounded and centered and just as the sun set I started my ritual.
The ritual itself went very well. I was using my own structure so I was pretty comfortable and relaxed doing it. My sacrifice consisted of raw milk, raw meat and homemade cheese, all of which came from my father - in - law’s homestead. I usually use the Beltaine ritual to renew my contract with my household Gods and this ritual was no different.
I don’t take omens per se, but today something happened which has never happened to me before. As I was performing the ritual there were three beautiful house crows that came and perched on the tree which I has my altars set up against. They sat there watching me until I finished, and then they took the meat off the offering plate (I had made the meat as an offering to An Morrigan and Lugh specifically). I watched them fly away, then circle back and perch on the same tree again for a little bit then fly away again. I got the feeling that my contract and my ritual were accepted.
I usually meditate after the ritual and during my meditations I ask questions, my question this time was whether it was time for me to try my hand at divination again and the impression I got was that it was time for sure.
During the whole time I was at the ritual site I kept feeling contentment, like I was welcome there. The weather is getting hot here but once my ritual started a nice cool breeze started with it too, and I felt like the spirits of the land were telling me to carry on.
You may find my ritual on my website: