Yup, me again; 2nd post in one week. Well, sometimes the patterns and seasons are like that. The StarT was a special pattern and today is Lammas, a seasonal festival and an occasion I am moved to send out blessings.
For me it is about giving presence to and honoring the cycles of the Earth and Universe.
For those who may not know, Lammas or Lughnasadh, marks the point (in the Northern hemisphere) is a cross-quarter. Here in the northern hemisphere we are half way between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. It is the first festival of the waning year. In moon rhythms, this is like the 3/4 moon waning. How cool that the 3/4 moon was just a few days ago.
It is a time when summer often feels the hottest. We know and anticipate autumn coming and there’s a kind of rush to take advantage of all that summer offers. As the pace of life is often so fast, it is more important than ever to remember the gifts we receive.
Blackberries are juicy, gardens are full of veg, fields are full of grain, early harvest is beginning. Since many are far removed from the wild, from gardens and from field, remember how crucial farmers’ harvests are to our well-being. Remember Earth, Air, Water, Sun, Bee and the Butterfly who make this food manifest.
It is a time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months. What are you reaping? How will you share your gifts? These are questions I often reflect upon as I sit by Fire. You may want to do the same if you can. Or perhaps light a candle. Hold a stone or flower in your hand. Pause for a moment to listen for an inner answer to these questions. Speak of what you intend to do to share your gifts: responsibility, persistence, strength, practical manifestation.
Celebrate the generous bounty of Earth in her manifest form. Celebrate also the fruit of your/our own labour. Honour your/our strength, skill, and vision which allows us to produce a harvest of abundance for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Celebrate this partnership of us and Earth. We are in this together! That’s what Lammas reminds us. Celebrate the skills and bounty given, and how we apply and use them to care for ourselves, our loved ones, and the Earth.
And in the next few days, also spend some time on clearing, releasing, cleansing, purifying kinds of activities. Good preparation for Monday New Moon! More on this and August coming soon.
As always, Nurture Your Nature!