Lughnasad

August Cross Quarter 2015

Lughnasad (Northern Hemisphere)

Lughnasad

Lughnasad traditionally celebrated August 1
Exact Astrological Point August 7

Lughnasad, (pronounced loo-na-sah), is named after the sun god Lugh, and is the cross-quarter Wheel of the Year point following Summer Solstice.  Also known as Lammas, it marks the starting point of the turn toward autumn. The cross-quarter days which fall between the solstices and equinoxes signal the turn toward the next season. For ease of timing, the day of the celebration became more focalized on a certain day, say August 1, when the energy of the cross-quarter day might vary by as much as a week.  Astrologically, Lughnasad falls exactly between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox.

Lughnasad is the first of three harvest festivals celebrated each year as the growing season begins to produce bountiful crops. Celebrating the harvest was an extremely important part of life that was deeply connected to the land and the growing cycle. Gratitude for the blessings of fruit and grain that would carry the community through the harsher days of winter expressed a heartfelt appreciation for the core of nature that sustains life.

The relationship between the abundant Earth Mother and the Solar Fire God is vital to the survival of the species. Those who honor the Wheel of the Year connect to this primal understanding, showing their gratitude and giving blessings back to the land. Just as any other being appreciates your gratitude when they have bestowed you with a gift, Nature also loves receiving your power prayers of thanks.

Lammas actually means “loaf mass” and was named from a Christian mass for honoring the grain that we grind into flour and then transform into food for our bodies. This process of transformation provides you with a wonderful example of how you can integrate all of your experiences, regardless of how they felt at the time, into food for the soul, food that wisdom rises from in order to nourish your life. During the week of Lughnasad, take a look around your life and notice where integration and the blessings of transformation may be showing up for you. Be sure to give thanks, celebrate the bounty of your harvest, and work with this powerful window to enhance your creations.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle. 

Personal Action Suggestions for Lughnasad:

  • Ask yourself what you have to be thankful for in life and in relation to your creations. List all those things in your journal. Also ask yourself what desires have come into form that are now ripe and ready for picking. 
  • Notice if there is a place in life where you are releasing the grain from the chaff or pounding your creations down so they rise again in a fuller form.
  • Lammas serves as a good time of year to pay attention to which part of the transformational cycle your creations may be in and perhaps honor them in ceremony.
  • Honor the abundant Earth Mother in some way. Thank the Corn Goddess for her fertility. Create an altar with corn, bread, flowers that bloom this time of year, grapes, and seasonal produce.
  • Create a ceremonial meal with seasonal vegetables, grains, and fruit. Serve it with corn bread or freshly baked bread. Finish it off with blackberry cobbler. Be sure to set a beautiful table and express your gratitude fully before and during your ceremonial meal.
  • After working with each element around your harvest, create an art piece to represent their messages from this point on the Wheel.
  • Elemental Journaling: Take the time to listen to each element and their message to you about producing a good harvest.

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Lughnasad:

  • Pay attention to what is being harvested or coming into fruition in yourbusiness at this time. Give thanks.
  • Tune into what your business creations need now in order to continue to produce an abundant harvest in the months ahead.
  • Connect to your financial growth. What do your finances need from each of the elements for a more abundant harvest this year?
  • Lughnasad begins the turn toward autumn. Ask yourself what needs to fall away or be released in your business in order to streamline, simplify, and create more success.
  • Notice what needs to be transformed in your business or finances.
  • Make a plan for the changes that need to occur in the next few months.
  • Take the time to sit on the ground outside and ask the Earth Mother what additional pieces you need to create in your business in order to produce your desired results.

GIFT:  Click here for more Lughnasad ceremonial ideas & meditation.

Elemental Guidance:

If you have an Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle, you may want to draw cards for additional guidance from each element and/or add insight from other decks.

Give thanks to EARTH and askiStock_000016700435Large
  “What do my creations need in order to produce a good harvest?”

Give thanks to WATER and ask
  “What do my creations need in order to produce a good harvest?”

Give thanks to AIR and ask
  “What do my creations need in order to produce a good harvest?”

Give thanks to FIRE and ask
  “What do my creations need in order to produce a good harvest?”

Give thanks to SPIRIT and ask
  “What do my creations need in order to produce a good harvest?”

Now ask the unified field of all of the elements and Spirit
for a unified message for what your creations need to produce a good harvest.
 

 

Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere) 

IMBOLC

Imbolc is the cross-quarter Wheel of the Year point following Winter Solstice. Also known as Brighid’s day or Candlemas, it marks the starting point of spring. Here, you begin to subtly notice that the days are lengthening, and depending on the where you live, you may actually start to see signs of spring.  In colder climates, Imbolc may simply bring the promise of spring as the light of the sun slowly begins to increase. Tune in this year to the subtle shifts you notice in the air and light around and after Imbolc. What does it signal internally for you? What things do you get a renewed urge to do?

Imbolc is the time to call forth the idea seeds that have been germinating in the inner realm and that are now stirring with life, ready to grow during the upcoming cycle. A great opportunity exists during Imbolc to ceremonially create a “treasure map” or a creation journal, a collage of pictures and ideas that represents what you want to manifest in your life this year, a visual reminder of the creations that are ready to sprout, grow, and bear fruit. Or you may want to engage in some other creative project to make use of Imbolc’s powerful creative urges.

Use Imbolc’s energy of renewal for spring-cleaning of both home and body, to purify the darker energy of winter. This point on the Wheel represents a potent time for creativity, for invoking a muse, or starting a new project or initiation cycle.

Imbolc means “in the belly” and is associated with ewe’s milk, the lactation that begins in order to nourish the baby lambs during this time of year. The Celtic Fire Goddess Brighid brings healing, purification, renewal, fertility, and creativity at Imbolc. If she interests you, take a few minutes and do a search online about her to find out more information. She is a wonderful Goddess to work with at this time of year, and she will bring you many gifts and blessings. Candlemas was the name given to Imbolc as the old ways gave way to the Christian tradition. The ceremonial candles for the year were customarily created at Imbolc.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle.

Personal Action Suggestions for Imbolc:

  • In ceremonial space, invoke and connect with the Goddess Brighid if she interests you. Ask her to assist you with inspiration for your creative pursuits.
  • Ceremonially set aside time for the spring-cleaning of your home.
  • Ceremonially begin a cleanse for your body if it feels appropriate for you to do.
  • Ceremonially do traditional crafts associated with this time of year by creating your ceremonial candles for the year. Infuse your candles with energies for things such as abundance, fertility, inspiration, clear communication, etc.
  • Initiate projects that need to be taken on during the growing cycle and, depending on their nature, you may want to begin them with a ceremony.
  • Take time to journal any insights you receive about bringing your creations into form.
  • Receive Elemental Guidance: Take the time to listen to each element and their message to you about your creativity for the year.

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Imbolc:

  • Connect to your business or profession and ask what you can do to renew the energy you have for your work.
  • Tune into what needs to be released or freshened in your business for more creativity to flow.
  • Spring clean your office and business environment.
  • Open for creative insights about how to take your business or profession to the next level. Write down any ideas you receive.
  • Ask the Goddess Brighid for creative business inspiration.
  • Create a vision board with images for your business growing cycle.
  • Receive Elemental Guidance: Take the time to listen to each element and their message to you about your business creativity for the year.

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