The weekend of March 15 – 17, 2013 – 10 Warriors in Training treked over the mountains and through the Delta to arrive at the gathering at Warrior’s Field for Lugh’s Ritual Hunt. The first day dawned clear and warm with a promise of more to come. The leaders set up their campsites and called for the coming warriors. They felt the land respond with joy and anticipation.
They gathered and prepared the Council Fire as they waited for the first arrivals. First to arrive were the Deer People four footed all. They walked the perimeter with trepidation waiting for the arrival of the warriors. Next came the Raven people, flying over head calling out to one another while the leaders read the signs in the sky and their call. They were saying – Friends Coming, Friends Coming, be ready!
As the afternoon continued we prepared to receive all the coming warriors and eventually heard – We are in Thayer be there soon!
As the sun sank behind the horizon the four footed and winged brothers left and we lit the council fire to await the arriving warriors. They arrived a little after full dark, tired from their long trek up from the delta. The leaders left the fire and welcomed them with a warriors embrace. We began setting up the campsite with them as the evening sky was ablaze with stars!
After a while the leaders returned to the council fire and one began a soft drum beat on the ceremonial drum that came all the way from Kenya boom, boom boom the warriors gathered around the fire. We began a discussion on what were the qualities of a REAL warrior. Our chief elder Terry Michael Riley, spoke on how a warrior spirit comes from the heart, how it bubbles up and seeks to come out. Alfred Willowhawk spoke on how to let that power out in balance and harmony. How to channel the power to protect, defend, and work out what is holding each individual back. Uthyr Spiritbear spoke of the necessity for physical health and how to channel the energy through movement and sound.
Next the soon to be warriors after encouragement began to talk about their own struggles as warriors and Erica spoke of how warriors come in all sizes and ages and if we are aware we can learn from everyone.
The rest of the evening was spent in contemplation, eating, and fellowship between all the parties Sages, Elders, and warriors.
It was early morning when the gathering began to break up to return to their encampments for rest for the upcoming day.
Stay tuned for – A Successful Hunt The First Day!