A Wicker Man Ritual
"For the group ritual of the Wicker Man, we constructed a two-foot high little man out of grapevines. It is easy to find a roll of grapevines at most any craft store, and usually you can find small balls already formed. For our man we used a small ball for the head and a larger one for the body. A small roll of vine was soaked in water to make it soft and pliable and then it could be twined to bind head and body together and then constructed arms and legs. The "man" then has plenty of openings into which papers can be stuffed.
He was displayed next to a jar of papers and pencils as everyone arrived. Before ritual they were asked to meditate on the onset of the season of sacrifice, when the grain of the harvest must die in order to provide food, and to reflect on something that they needed to give away and share in order to make space for new and added growth in their own lives. They were to write a symbol of what they would sacrifice and then stuff it inside the Wicker Man's body. At the central point of the ritual, the priest who was Lugh said the following:
Often we are faced with sacrifices that we must make. We come to realize that something we have must be given to others in order to open space within lives and souls for new growth. In thinking of what that may mean for you, you have placed the symbol of your personal sacrifice within this "Wicker Man," symbol of the sacrifice of your God. Meditate upon your own sacrifice and offer it willingly to the fires of Spirit with your pledge that you will go forth to carry it out also within your Life.
The Wicker Man was then put into the Sabbat fire, while we raised and released energy by drumming. Then the High Priestess blessed the cakes and cider:
Blessed be the sacrifice of the Lord of the Grain, the grains that have been reaped that you might eat. Blessed be the fruits of the vine of harvest. As you receive, share with the person next to you, sunwise around the circle, and savor the joy of sharing.
When all have been served, we will offer a toast of thanksgiving and then taste and savor with love and gratitude. Be sure to save a small portion of both food and drink to return to the Earth, with love and gratitude for her abundance.