Things to do Sun in Libra

 

 

libra woman

Things to do while Sun is in Libra

  • Enjoy the beauty of life through arts.
  • Resolve conflicts to bring peace and balance.
  • Cooperate with others and conduct business transactions.
  • This is a good time for collaboration.  Who do you want to collaborate with?
  • Now is the time for socializing.
  • Get together with old friends and catch up
  • Making personal relationships and partnerships top priority.
  • Seek actions and solutions that will attract balance and harmony in your life.

 

Sun in Libra

sun in libra

The sign of Libra is one of the cardinal signs of the Zodiac and ushers in the Autumn Equinox every year.  It is a sign represented by the scales, so this will be a time of seeking balance in life.  Libra’s balancing scales seek to restore peace and harmony.  Libra seeks fairness, justice, balance, harmony, equality, through relationships with others and through art.  Libra is the sign of the peacemaker.  Tactfulness, style, tolerance, and sociability are some of the keywords for Libra.

Libra rules relationships with others as mirrors of ourselves.  Meeting others halfway compromise, and negotiation, come under the rule of Libra. Peacemaker Libra also focuses on relationships of all kinds.  Whether business or personal this transit will put a spotlight on any issue that need addressing. This is a time to work with others, compromise and meet them halfway.  This could result in mergers, collaborations, and negotiations.

Regarding personal relationships, those seeking a partner can use this transit to their advantage.  Libra encourages partnerships, whether brand new or firmly established.  Also making it a good time to establish new relationships with people.  You may find that you are making it a good time to establish new relationships with people.  You may find that you are drawn to being around lots of friends and socializing this month.  Libra can be a very happy time with the anticipation of the holidays.

Established relationships will also be affected by this transit.  Romantic partners may find a good opportunity to work out issues regarding balance in your life.  Issues that need discussion will also come out now.  This could result in counseling and healing or even breaking up and moving on.  The Sun in Libra will strive to protect all parties involved and seek meditation, resolution and peace.

Libra signHowever, life is not always peaceful with Libra in its attempt to restore balance.  Decision making can be more challenging while the Sun is in Libra. Libra weighs both sides of any situation, and sometimes this process seems endless!  Don’t expect decisions to be finalized.  Libra Sun marks a time of deliberation, going over your options, and weighing out the pros and cons.  The Sun in Libra will bestow upon us a natural diplomacy and a sense of fairness and yet, we’re really never sure if we are making the right choice!  We’ll be sort of in a research stage, investigating the possibilities and potential.

In Libra, the Sun is concerned about not rocking the boat and not rubbing others the wrong way.  You should be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and to more easily see their point of view.  It’s like seeing Life through their eyes.  It is the month of diplomat.  Matters could become prominent during this period as it is a time for seeking justice.

Since Libra represents style, socializing, and the arts; some good opportunities for partnering up are: gallery and museum visits, charity fundraisers for any art group, music events and festivals.

Remember to tune into your own inner wisdom and not get too influenced by what other people are saying.  Be careful not to get pressured into settling for something you really want.

libra statue

 

Libra New Moon

Libra new moon

The New Moon is a time for introspection.  During the dark moon we can find answers when we show up with intention.  It is a time of release.  Libra is all about balance, harmony, partnering, and collaboration.  In order to partner one must know their boundaries  and know their self- worth.  At the Leo new moon you played and connected to your inner radiance through play and creativity.  At the Virgo new Moon you sorted things out and embraced the technology and systems that move your creativity and dreams into reality to be made manifest.  At the Libra New Moon you’re ready to collaborate and it brings up issues of giving and receiving,”How am I partnering?”

The Libra new Moon occurs tomorrow on the East Coast. Libra is traditionally the sign of marriage.  It represents partnership and collaboration.  Who do you want to be in relationship to people?  Do you feel safe and supported by them?  Libra is very important to women.  Marriage has transformed within these past couple of years to relationship through partnership and equality in the marriage.  Libra signifies collaboration… the power of who I am with you.  Where have you dulled yourself down to be in a relationship?  Not just in regards to your spouse, but what about your kids, parents, family, friends, employment, creativity, etc.?  Have you dulled yourself down because of your parents imposed beliefs and expectations?  Siblings that you couldn’t outshine?  To start a family… Dulled your light to raise your kids or to be a good wife?  You may not want to outshine your co-workers or friends? Often times, especially women and those who are born in Libra will seek peace instead of confrontation so we leave a part of ourselves behind because we judge it, feel that it won’t be loved or not accepted.  It is a form of protection.  Sometimes we never get that part of ourselves back that we left at the curb.  But eventually it will start to knock at the door seeking to be let back in.

two lovers

For me personally, being a Libra according to the Tropical astrology, Libra can be an emotionally awkward time.  This is the time where we are exploring and seeking  balance, harmony, and questioning your relationships with other people.  If not expressed in a healthy manner it can cause friction and disruption within yourself, the people around you, and your life.  All the things that are off which are not making you feel whole and seem unfair, will surface needing to be voiced and fixed.  Being an entrepreneur of 2 businesses, while supporting my spouse’s business, a mom of 3, a wife, an aunt, sister, spiritual seeker, and a daughter…can be quite overwhelming and frustrating.  Being spread too thin and having to be all these things to all these people, when I just want to be myself and by myself sometimes can become challenging.  There is only so much time in the day, so many things to get done, and so little help.  You end up getting irritable and resentful if personal priorities, values, and relationships with people are not being honored or there is no equal exchange of energy.  You can not keep giving out more then you put in and continue to see success  and balance.  You can not be all these things for all these other people if you can not be there for yourself and maintain harmony.  We get caught up being everybody else’s cheerleader and never allow our true self get out in the game.  You dull yourself down to allow other people to shine because this is what you’re supposed to do.  You have to play your role.  But what I have learned and experienced is that if you don’t establish personal boundaries within your relationships, it can be really easy to lose yourself and be taken advantage of.  As an act of self-love, you have to remain true to yourself in order to truly be of service for other people and humanity.

 

balanceHow do you remain true to your self?  One way is through creativity.  Personally, when you are being creative you are connecting to spirit.  This Universe is that of expansion, creativity and love. So when you give in to creativity you are connecting to the energies of this Universe expressing itself through collaboration with you.  It’s easy to connect to spirit through sheer action on creative inspiration.  Go with the flow and create your heart’s desire at that moment.  Relationships could be creativity.  Decide to be in partnership with spirit of creativity.  The creative muse will show up.  You just have to invite it and let it in.  How do you want to be inspired?  How are you collaborating with creativity?  When it shows up are you responding back that you don’t want it then wondering why nothing’s moving?  Dare to step into huge pools of creativity.  Get lost in the moment.

During the pregnancy of my second child I became so sick that I could not keep working.  I went from being a single parent raising one child on my own.  I had a full time job and had my own apartment.  I owned my own vehicle and was as you call it, an independent woman.  I gave it all up to become a stay at home mom.  I had to give up my car because I wasn’t working anymore and could not afford the maintenance, gas, and insurance anymore.  I no longer had stable and consecutive income.  I immersed myself as playing the role of a house mom and spouse.  Every waking hour was spent on and for other people.  Making sure their needs and the darn house’s needs were met. Depending on other people and allowing other people to make decisions for you or making decisions based on the happiness of other people.  I did this for a couple of years until one day I realized how unhappy I was and how I had completely lost myself behind everybody else. If you lose your self-value and if there is no place to be voiced and heard you shut yourself down.  The Aries full moon shined a huge spotlight on this emphasizing on your ability to lead.  So how are you going to lead in these situations/issues that the Libra new Moon is bringing up?  And the seeds that you plant now, you will harvest 6 months from now at the Aries New Moon.

energy new moon LibraI was consumed  by my unpredictable financial situation and the frustration of not being able to make the kind of moves I wanted to.  I felt hopeless and confused as to how or what it was that I should be doing to create a source of income for myself.  Finally, I was honest with myself and realized that I really had no clue as to how I was going to create income.  So my prayer changed to “I do not know how this is gonna look like for me or what “it” really is for me but that I just ask that it shows up for me at the appropriate time and that I prepare to be in a state of allowing and welcoming for it.” I gave up trying to figure it all out and be in control of the situation.  Forgotten and turning my attention to just getting myself in order.  Eventually being led by sheer inspiration and following through my creative impulses my “it” was born.  The night before Beltane I was led to create a couple vibrational waters and oils and charged them under the Beltane sun.  This gave me the idea for what has now turned into an online store on Etsy.  Sunhealers now has connected to the name behind the company and have found a way to turn my passion into my career.  I make magickal enchantments and charge them under the Sun at each nature celebration to infuse it with the seasonal energies.  Being born in October, I have always believed in the mysteries and magick.  My favorite Halloween costume was a witch and kinda still is!  I was inspired to create objects that would easily add magick to the mundane, bringing magick into your life in such a cohesive and natural process.  I bless and charge candles, necklaces, oils, mists, and vibrational waters that are meant for the empowerment and advancement of humanity.

 

Interestingly, when I stopped focusing on the money in such a painful way, at the right moment “it” showed up.  Explore your Pimp, Pauper, and Prostitute energies.  If money is driving the creativity then it can become a prostitute.  You take on the energy of “I will do this for you but you have to pay me. ” “I’ll do that if you do this.” You end up prostituting your creativity out.  Pauper energies… you spend the money as soon as you get it.  Pimp energies.. Where am I sending out someone to do something I can do for myself?  Where are you making someone else do it for you so that you do not have to face your fears?  When you send your friends or kids to do it or say it for you..

This Libra New Moon is going to be potently charged.  Because of the Autumn energies, and the moon’s relationship with Pluto and Uranus it will be an opportunity to transform/change something and look at the way you are partnering and collaborating.  The New Moon shadow issues will face off with Uranus and it can create a challenge and awakening to happen simultaneously.  How do you want to take it to the next level?  What would your up-level look like?  You have to choose from 3 decisions:  maintain status quo, up-level, or spiral down.  There is nothing wrong with spiraling down because this where you are immersing yourself in the depth of things in order to transform.  It is when you stay here too log that your energy will become stagnant.  In your own way you up-level in each stage.

balance sun and moonAt this new Moon ask yourself “Where have I dulled myself down to be in relationship to you?”  Where have you been over ridding your own intuition for someone else’s?  Where are you living somebody else’s dreams for you?  Where are you pimping and prostituting your creativity and values to be part of someone else’s world?  And once you have answered that, look for the solution.  Don’t stay in the spiral…transform.  These are the parts that you have experienced soul loss and have to come back to center.  What areas in your life are  are you not feel safe enough to do what you want to do? Usually it’s the areas that you feel shaky about because you do not feel safe. Then you have to ask yourself “How can I gracefully transform these things in a cohesive, natural, and synchronistic process and solution for everybody involved.”  How can we change this into a blissful, pleasant, benevolent, abundant, loving, fun outcome for all those involved?”  How can you still partner and collaborate with someone and still reclaim yourself?  Meditate on these things on the new Moon and journal about it.  Ask yourself who you want to collaborate with or what specific energies do you want to collaborate with: abundance, creativity, balance, harmony, wholeness, beauty, grace, love, etc…

Make a pie chart and get honest with yourself.  Draw how much percentage you would say that you have of health, wealth, family time, personal time, businesses, spiritual time, etc.  Then make one of what you would LIKE your life to look like.  A pie chart is the shape of a circle.  An appropriate shape for this time with the Libra New Moon and the Autumn Equinox.  You are seeking completion and wholeness represented by the circle and it starts from the center.  Meditate and Envision your life and what it would look and feel like as if you have shifted your life to balance and created harmony.  This new moon can be a powerful one.  You are either going to question yourself and pass this new Moon with ‘Will I be OK?” energy or adopt an “I’m gonna do it!” type of energy.

libra constellation

 

Things to do during the Autumn Equinox

 

autumn equinoxThings to do during Autumn Equinox

  1. Start a Gratitude journal
  2. Commence a thankfulness routine.  For example; Either before dinner time or bed time, take turns wit your family mentioning all the things you are thankful and grateful for that day or for each other.  You can also call things forth.  Say things you would like to be grateful and thankful for in present tense as if they already were made manifest.
  3. Center yourself.  Find your center.  define your center.  Meditate on it.  Write or journal about it.  It’s a great time for introspection.  Be raw and honest with yourself.    Get to the core of who you are, what you believe,  how you want to live, and where your power comes from ( your self-generating power)
  4. Meditate on what your essence is.  What is the energy that you are putting out into the world and giving off to people in the world.  Do you give different energy to your co- workers then your kids, friends, or spouse?  What would you like at the very core of who you are the energies that you want to bring and leave in this world and with the people you encounter?
  5. Seek balance and harmony.  Make a pie chart of what your life looks like now and how much percentage you are giving to your kids, spouse, employment, play time, self- care time, health, finances, etc..  Then make another chart on how you would like your life to look like and distribute your time and energy.  How much time would you prefer to spend with your spouse, kids, at work, health to be, etc.  Then mediate on it or journal about it.
  6. Journal on what you have harvested in your life?  From the biggest to the smallest.  Even though it doesn’t look like what you expected, be honest about how it has shown up for you.  A new opportunity, new business venture, any wishes come true, material gains, physical looks, in regards to your health, etc.  Mediate and journal on it.  How were you expecting it to show up?  What has taken you by surprise?  Look back 6 months from now and recognize what seeds you had planted that have now manifested and are in their harvest season.
  7. Go on a nature walk and look for sign of harvest, Autumn, and /or bounty.  No matter where you live there will always be small signs in nature everywhere.
  8. Decorate with seasonal imagery.  Use squash of all sort… acorn squash, butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin, apples, corn sheaves, nuts, acorns, walnut, almond, pecan, marigolds, passion flower, sunflower, apples, sage, etc.  Incorporate colors such as purple, orange, red, gold, & brown.
  9. Seek divinatory guidance… runes, oracle card readings, tarot, scrying.
  10. Meditate on and do work that involves a finer sense of perception.
  11. Community connection.. organize a potluck for the Autumn Equinox or attend and be part of one already being held.
  12. Make a cornucopia with the intention of adding bounty and positive thanksgiving into your life.
  13. Charge stones associated with the Autumn Equinox under the Sun.
  14. Make offerings to the land being thankful for its bounty which sustains us.

inhale lovepeace , love, blessings, Autumn

Autumn Equinox

autumn equinox

The Autumn Equinox, occurring around September 21-23, is the second harvest festival, of the fruits.  Its energy is appreciation and harvest.  It’s about seeing results from all the hard work and the “seeds” you have been planting through the year.  It’s a result-oriented time of year, during which, if you focus hard and remain clear many wonderful things can manifest in your life.

The colors associated with the Autumn Equinox are orange, red, brown, and purple.  Customs associated with the Autumn Equinox are offerings to land, preparing for cold weather and bringing in harvest.  The tools that symbolize the Autumn Equinox are cornucopia, corn and harvested crops.

Autumn food include:  squash, corn, pumpkin, grain, nut bread, apples, seasonal vegetables, and apple cider

cornicopiaDecorations include:  Autumn flowers, gourds, acorns, corn sheaves,and Autumn leaves

Incense and plants associated with the Autumn Equinox include:  pine, sage, sweet grass, myrrh, and marigold, passion flower and fern,

Stones associated with the Autumn Equinox are:  clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, aventurine, and cat’s eye

Herbs associated with the Autumn Equinox are: rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, aloe, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, maple leaves, dried apples or apple seeds.


During the equinoxes the plane of the Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun.  At that instant, the tilt of the Earth’s axis neither inclines away nor towards the Sun.  On the Equinox the Sun rests above the equator and day and night are equally divided giving us 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of moonlight.  In actuality though, the balance of light and dark occurs a couple days after the Autumn Equinox and precedes it a couple of days before the Spring Equinox.

Each equinox and solstice period is a “power time” and loads of intense spiritual energy or “Earth chi” comes flooding forth. It’s really easy to access this energy in prayer, meditation, or psychic work.  It’s also a great time for any creative work whether you come up with grand ideas or and it’s a super time to do healing work or receive healing work.  There are multidimensional gateways of energy that open up at these times and the indigenous people celebrated and used the energies that are available at those times.

cherokee autumn equinoxThree days before and three days after the Autumn and Spring Equinox, the ley lines of the Earth give off a heightened electromagnetic charge.  This can make you feel a bit hyper or unsettled but if you can ground the energies and apply it correctly, this is an amazing time for healing, meditation, cleansing, and any type of power prayer, manifestation, and/or psychic work.  These cosmic occurrences  are interpreted as the need to seek balance in ones life, find your center, and re-align yourself.

The Autumn Equinox is a very powerful time when subconscious messages, information from your spirit guides, and spiritual  information can easily break through and inspire you.  It’s also a lot easier during this time to do any type of psychic work which requires finer sense perception.  Psychic readings will be uncannily more accurate.  Holistic health treatments will be more effective and on target.  The truth seems to penetrate more readily  during this time where too often we can become mentally cloudy or emotionally unbalanced.

The Autumn Equinox signals the beginning of Autumn.  It signals the need to balance light and darkness within us.  Far too often we only adore the light and fear the darkness. But when you can befriend your inner darkness it becomes less of an enemy and more of a place of nurturing for slow and steady growth. The sun is moving into Libra, a balanced and measured sign which is famous for being fair in issuing balance where blame is due.  It is a time for harmonizing what is off balance before the end of the year.  I find that this can be a challenging time because it may come out weird and unusual, especially if you have been off balance for a while.  It may bring up anger, especially with people that need to be addressed.  You may feel resentment and a sense of “you can’t take it anymore”.  This is how your stuff is showing up.  This is what you need to focus on because this is what is calling your attention to seek balance.

autumn equinox sun centerAs the plane of the earth’s equator passes the center of the sun this too is an opportunity for us to re-align and find your center.  Far too often, we get so caught up in our life and forget to center ourselves.  We lose track of our directive and may steer off course for a bit.  This is an opportunity to re-align yourself with your purpose, dreams, and goals, or even just to re-align with yourself.  Spending time around people is great but their beliefs, thoughts, actions, and even language can become imposed on you from being around them so much.  So it’s very important to re-align yourself with your true nature… who you really are and all you were meant to be.  Re-align yourself with your intention or change and integrate new information or experiences to re-define your intention.  Center yourself.  Find your center.  Define your center….your connection to Source, the magick within, your spiritual connection.

For centuries, the Autumn equinox has been a way to recognize the blessings of life.  Before the days of supermarkets and the convenience of readily available food, life was hard.  People farmed the land and provided sustenance for themselves. Weather, as always, has often been unpredictable as one of the many events that could destroy an entire mainstay of existence.  Other problems such as mass insect infestation may have left weary crop farmers wondering how they would survive.  So it’s no wonder that when harvest was bountiful, gratitude became important.  Hence, many celebrations of thankfulness cropped up.  These were heartfelt sources of joy.  This is the time of rituals regarding thanksgiving, harvest, and introspection.

We have been actively working and expressing… putting ourselves and our ideas out into the world, growing and changing. Now is the time to pause and go within, and take stock of how far we have come.  Our inner work, our growth, is our harvest.  Time to honor our journey and the rebalancing that has taken place within us.  Notice the seeds we planted and how they have blossomed thus far.  Lets open our hearts in gratitude.

mabon altar

 

Things to do during Lammas

lammas blessings

    Things to do during Lammas

  • Making corn dollies
  • Baking bread
  • Braid onion or garlic charms
  • Gathering late summer fruit or the first harvest
  • Getting crafty
  • Go to a craft festival or any festival
  • Meditate on the completion of a goal or project
  • Perform a ritual for prosperity, generosity, continued success, and abundance
  • Write your regrets on pine cones or corn husks and burn them
  • Find visualizations that represent your farewells and burn them in a bonfire as well
  • Make a list of all that you have harvested this year
  • Make preserves
  • Make memory preserves.. think of all the sweet memories you would like to savor
  • Make a bonfire as it is a Fire festival
  • Make a list of all the abundance in your life

Lammas

happy lammas

Lammas is the first of harvest festivals, which also includes the Autumn Equinox and Samhain.  Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering and giving thanks for abundance.  It is traditionally celebrated on August 01st.  We work with the cycle of Mabon or the Autumn Equinox, (the Second Harvest of Fruit such as apples), and Samhain, the (third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries).  The energy of Lammas is fruitfulness and reaping prosperity.

Lammas is all about the fulfillment and fullness of the present harvest holding at its heart the seed of all future harvest.  So as the grain harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and through the harvest is the seed of next year’s rebirth, regeneration, and harvest.  Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth.  Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

The first sheaf of  corn is extremely important.  It produces the first and the best seed and assurance of future harvest.  There are many customs throughout Europe around the cutting of the grain or corn during Lammas and they applied to all cereal crops including wheat, barley, rye and oats. Both the cutting of the first gain and the last grain are significant.The first sheaf would often be ceremonially cut at dawn, winnowed, ground and baked into the Harvest Bread which was then shared by the community in thanks. The first barley stalks would be made into the first beer of the season. The first sheaf guarantees the seed and thus continuity.

The last sheaf was also ceremonially cut, often made into a ‘corn dolly’, carried to the village with festivity and was central to the Harvest Supper. The corn dolly was made into a Corn Maiden (after a good harvest) or a cailleach, hag or crone (after a bad harvest). She could be dressed with ribbons, even clothed. This last sheaf would live in the home, often above the fireplace or hearth of the home, until the next harvest. Or it might be placed in the branches of a tree or mixed with the seed for the next year’s sowing. In some way it eventually needed to return to the earth from whence it came.

In some parts of Europe the tradition was to weave the last sheaf into a large Corn Mother with a smaller ‘baby’ inside it, representing the harvest to come the following year. Once the harvest was completed, safely gathered in, the festivities would begin. Bread was made from the new grain and thanks given to the Sun’s life-giving energy reborn as life-giving bread.

In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas.  It meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities.  The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

Lammas is also a time to celebrate talents and craftsmanship. It’s a traditional time of year for craft festivals, and for skilled artisans to peddle their wares. In medieval Europe, guilds would arrange for their members to set up booths around a village green, festooned with bright ribbons and fall colors. Perhaps this is why so many modern Renaissance Festivals begin around this time of year!

lammas craftsNow is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents. Learn a new craft, or get better at an old one. Put on a play, write a story or poem, take up a musical instrument, start getting crafty, or sing a song. Whatever you choose to do, this is the right season for rebirth and renewal, so set August 1 as the day to share your new skill with your friends and family.

The natural world is thriving around us, and yet the knowledge that everything will soon die looms in the background. This is a good time to work some magic around the hearth and home.  Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centered around this. At this time it is appropriate to perform rituals for prosperity, generosity, continued success.  

Activities for this celebration include: making corn dollies, baking bread,  braid onion or garlic charms, gathering late summer fruit or the first harvest, getting crafty, go to a craft festival or any festival.

lammas breadCustoms around Lammas include Games, the traditional riding of poles/staves, country fairs, breaking bread with friends, making corn dollys, harvesting herbs for charms/rituals, Lughnasadh fire with sacred wood & dried herbs, feasting, competitions, Lammas towers (fire-building team competitions), spear tossing, gathering flowers for crowns, fencing/swordplay, games of skill, martial sports, chariot races, hand-fastings, trial marriages, dancing round a corn mother (doll)

Like all holidays, Lammas calls for a feast. When your dough figure is baked and ready to eat, tear him or her apart with your fingers. You might want to commence the feast with a prayer or blessing emphasizing the gratitude of being “given this day our daily bread.” The next part of the ceremony is best done with others. Feed each other hunks of bread by putting the food in the other person’s mouth with words like “May you never go hungry,” “May you always be nourished,” “Eat of the bread of life” or “May you live forever.” Offer each other drinks of water or wine with similar words. As if you were at a wake, make toasts to the passing summer, recalling the best moments of the year so far.

corn dollyAnother way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. Take dried-out corn husks and tie them together in the shape of a woman. She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you.

Ideas for decorating your home for Lammas is rally quite simple.  You can use any of the following below, or even all, to dec out your place for the celebration of Lammas.

  • Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
  • Grapes and vines
  • Dried grains : sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
  • Corn dolls : you can make these easily using dried husks
  • Early fall vegetables such as squashes and pumpkins
  • Late summer fruits like apples, plums and peaches
  • Colors include yellow, orange, brown, green, amber
  • Herbs include goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, honey, bee pollen, wheat
  • Symbolism: Fruitfulness, reaping, prosperity, reverence, purification, transformation, change, The Bread of Life, The Chalice of Plenty, The Ever-flowing Cup , the Groaning Board (Table of Plenty)
  • Insence: Wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood
  • Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, Cat’s-eye, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone, carnelian

lammas_celebration1Lammas is one of the eight major power days; which are each an incredible doorway through which everyone can enter into cocreation with Spirit.  Identified long ago by indigenous …times when the “veil” between dimensions becomes the thinnest, and spiritual seekers can more readily access the energy of the Divine.  If you do artistic work, meditation, prayer, or any form of spiritual expression during this time, you’ll find it easier to tap into feelings of flow, harmony, and light.

Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. It is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire. While you’re sitting around the fire, you might want to tell stories. Look up the myths of any of the grain Gods and Goddesses mentioned above and try re-telling them in your own words.

It is a time when we not only think about the fruits of the Sun God and Mother Earth, but also about our own personal harvest. A time when we think about what has happened in our lives and letting go of anger, injustice, hates, and past regrets enabling us to move forwards and planting our own new seeds. Some goals may have been achieved, but some not as we had hoped.

food mandalaRegrets: Think of the things you meant to do this summer or this year that are not coming to fruition. You can project your regrets onto natural objects like pine cones and throw them into the fire, releasing them. Or you can write them on dried corn husks (as suggested by Nancy Brady Cunningham in Feeding the Spirit) or on a piece of paper and burn them.

Farewells: What is passing from your life? What is over? Say good-bye to it. As with regrets, you can find visual symbols and throw them into the fire, the lake or the ocean. You can also bury them in the ground, perhaps in the form of bulbs which will manifest in a new form in spring.

Harvest: What have you harvested this year? What seeds have your planted that are sprouting? Find a visual way to represent these, perhaps creating a decoration in your house or altar which represents the harvest to you. Or you could make a corn dolly or learn to weave wheat. Look for classes in your area which can teach you how to weave wheat into wall pieces, which were made by early grain farmers as a resting place for the harvest spirits.

Preserves: This is also a good time for making preserves, either literally or symbolically. As you turn the summer’s fruit into jams, jellies and chutneys for winter, think about the fruits that you have gathered this year and how you can hold onto them. How can you keep them sweet in the store of your memory?

LughnasadhBlessingstoYou

 

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