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Lughnasadh blessings

Published July 31, 2016 by Lunapo

Blessed Lughnasadh!

Tomorrow (August 1st) marks the beginning of the harvest season.  

The summer is winding down and the fall is fast approaching.
Leaves have already begun to change their color and fall from the trees. We must take stock and remember that it is the light amount, and not temperature, that rules the leaves. No matter how hot it feels, there is less and less daylight each day. The excessive heat we will continue to feel through the fall and perhaps into the winter…well, we have only ourselves to blame for that one. 

But I digress…

Lughnasadh blessings to all. 

This is a time to take stock in what you have sown. Did you make goals for the year at Yule on Oath Night? If so, how are those goals going? Have you carefully placed yourself and are in a place you want to be? Or have you casually gone through the year paying no mind. 

Are you where you want to be?

If so, give thanks. For all that you have and all that you are. 

If not, give thanks. For all that you do have, and for the realization that you want to make a change. There is no need to wait for Oath Night. Make the change now. 

This afternoon, Witchlette and I took some time to find the magickal in the mundane. We need bread, so we made honey bread. 

All of the ingredients in the pan ready to go

While making bread, we acknowledged all of the steps that go into making flour: the wheat plants who gave of themselves to be our sustenance. The farmers who worked the field and grew the wheat plants. The millers who ground the wheat to make flour. The workers who all pitched in to get the flour to us. And for my sous chef who helps me in the kitchen. 
We talked about Lugh, the god of the harvest, and about the husband and wife team Byggvir and Beyla who work with barley, bees, and honey. This was the first time Witchlette and I have discussed multiple deities existence. 

Later, over dinner, I lit a candle and spoke about Lughnasadh. Ideally, we each would have had a piece of the bread, but there was an hour left of baking at dinner time. Still, we ate together and talked about something we are thankful for. 

Coming out of the darkness, I asked Hubby to be more participatory in rituals at home. He said if I lead them he will join in with family rituals. So tonight we started. And I am super thankful to have such a wonderful and supportive husband who is all in. I am super thankful for my great kids who are inquisitive and loquacious. I am thankful for all of my kith and kin as well as my tribe at Magick Circle. And for being in a happy place. Being out of dominant darkness and feeling as though I am me again. 

Finished product, to be enjoyed tomorrow

Mabon Blessings

Published September 23, 2015 by Lunapo

   
The beauty of the natural Pentacle found in the Apple. 

    
 
May you and yours have a Blessed Harvest. Enjoy the fall produce and the chilling weather. Enjoy the changing colors and the slowing paces. 

It’s amazing how Autumn is so beautiful, so colorful, and many folks’ favorite season. Yet, the colors come from death. This goes to show how off kilter we are as a society with our view of death. Autumn is proof that from death, there can be beauty and from death comes life. 

May you enjoy the harvest of what you have sown, literally or metaphorically, this Mabon. 

Autumnal Blessings!!!

Solstice Blessings!

Published June 21, 2015 by Lunapo

 As it lovely says in one of Witchlette’s favorite books:

The birds are singing
The sky is bright
The sun is shining
I’m feeling alright
-Pete the Cat

Today was a lovely day for a Solstice. It’s quite, very warm. Hot, actually. Hubby, Witchlette, and I went for a morning hike. We had to head back home before 10:30 to get out of the heat. But it was a lovely morning. 

  
Everything is in full bloom. It’s a time of joy and celebration. A time of fulfillment and relaxation. A time to venture out. A time to grow. 

  

Here Comes the Summer, There Goes the Sun

Published June 18, 2015 by Lunapo

This Sunday is Litha, Midsummer.

When I first started on the Pagan path, Midsummer was both a joy and a mystery to me. I suddenly understood all of the pieces of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I also was highly confused that…well, summer isn’t half over. It’s just beginning! How can something be called Midsummer when we’re not even a day into the season which the holiday is saying we are half way through??

Two (or maybe three) years ago, I started paying a lot of attention to the buds on the trees. In early March, trees can be seen full of small leaf buds. By early May, every tree is full. Interestingly, the tree in the back of my house is two-three weeks ahead of the tree in the front of the house; the front of my house would be “full AM sun” while the back is “full sun” based on gardening standards.

The growth on the trees isn’t about the temperature. And no one knows, or cares, what month it is other than humans.

It’s all about the light.

The light begins to return to the Northern Hemisphere at Yule, the Dark Solstice, when the days slowly, slowly, slowly begin to get longer. Likewise, the light begins to recede from the Northern Hemisphere at Litha, the Light Solstice, when the days slowly, slowly, slowly begin to get shorter.

This doesn’t mean the Summer is over.

It doesn’t mean the cold will be creeping in.

It doesn’t mean Fall is beginning.

It means the light is receding. And growth be soon follow.

It means things are beginning to wind down, become quiet. It means that while we are hustling and bustling and enjoying all that Summer has to offer, Nature is setting the stage for us to slide into a place of calm.

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