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