Lammas: Now the Dying Must Begin

August 1-2 marks the mid-point between summer and fall. Known as Lammas, or Lughnasadh (LOO-nesah), it’s one of the 8 ‘Cross Quarter Days of the year. I am quoted in this article. 

Lughnasadh wicca pagan Tara Greene

Lammas or Lughnasadh can be also celebrated on AUGUST 2nd. I am quoted in this article.
Technically the SUN is at the 15th degree of LEO on AUG 8th for those who like to be actually aligned with the passage of the SUN.

August 1 is known as LAMMAS in the wiccan/pagan calendar of the 8 rounds of the wheel of the year

Lammas is a Christianized version meaning “loaf Mass.”

Lughnasadh is its other name. We are half way to the AUTUMN Equinox now.

This feastival honors the Grain gods. It’s a very very ancient festival. From the races before the Celts.

At this time of year, The Bees are Buzzing, or should be. Where have all the bees gone? Monsanto?

It is traditionally celebrated as the wake of the Sun KING, who is dying now in the waning of his own Light. The Goddess cuts down the sun king. We are in the Feminine half of the year since Summer solstice.

British witches celebrate it on August 6 this is a cross quarter station in the round of the year.  It occurs in relationship to Leo the Lion, the Royal watcher related to Archangel Raphael and the heart chakra and the deep emerald-green colour.

It was a time for communal festivities, crafts, jams, plays, dances, what we think of as a Renaissance fair.

A highlight of these festivals was a wheel set afire and rolled down a hill called  “Catherine wheels. ” Based on a mythological figure, her worshippers were the CATHARS or Cathari= heretics who were routed out by the Catholic Church. The word catharsis comes from the same Latin root.

BONFIRES are always part of this festival perhaps to give the Sun more light.

Celebrations include making cookie people figures and star cookies are baked in celebration.  It is time of anxious waiting, we are not yet assured of a harvest which will keep the people alive. It is a time to free oneself from FEAR.  A snake dance is created going counter clock wise, bread figures are thrown into the bonfire to symbolize the burning up of one’s fears. Then one says what one hopes to harvest.

Symbols of STARS are held up. The High Priestess would say,

“MAY THE STAR OF HOPE BE WITHIN US ALWAYS.”

The conveners would eat the star cookies and celebrate.

Like the Tarot image of THE STAR-#17 THOTH deck

The STar Thoth Tara Greenealways a message of Hope- when you wish upon a star.

Think about how your seeded ideas and goals have manifested since Spring EQUINOX. Measure what has grown high, what has blossomed, what hasn’t. Take stock of your life on all levels, as a measure. You are now in the home stretch of greatest growth. Use the time wisely.

Enjoy your Lammas celebrations.  I will be having a small ceremony with my family. We send blessings to you and yours.

Source: Lammas: Now the Dying Must Begin

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Witches Fire festival, Celebrating Goddess Brigid

Feb. 2 is a very powerful cross-quarter day in the 8 spoked wheel of the year. Goddess Brigid’s Day is celebrated as IMBOLC or CANDLEMASS, an ancient pagan, Wiccan Festival of the quickening of the light. Catholics, who had to add the ancient holidays onto their new Catholic ones, celebrate this as the Feast of the Purification of Mary.

Popularly known as GROUNDHOG DAY, the movie starring Bill Murray is a classic film based on some very spiritual ideas about Karma.

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This day marks the Goddesses’ coming out for the first time after giving birth to the SUN at Winter solstice. Visualize this time as the baby sun nursing from the Goddess’s breast. Traditionally all women had a 6 week “lying in” period after giving birth where they stayed in their homes with their newborns to ensure the mother-child bond and to make the infant stronger. Mother and child were tended in all ways with food, and any other needs by family friends the community, or doulas.

This day is a Sabbat of purification after the shut-in life of Winter. A festival of light and fertility, it was once marked in Europe with huge blazes and fires everywhere. Fire symbolizes our own illumination and inspiration as well as light and heat. Also called the Feast of Torches, Oimelc, Lupercalia, Feast of Pan, Snowdrop Festival, and the Feast of the Waxing Light.

The old Scandinavian custom was to wear crowns of lit candles but most practitioners carry candles during their invocations and ceremonies.

This date celebrates the changing of the Goddess from the CHRONE back to the MAIDEN. It celebrates the very earliest signs of Spring and the noticeable lengthening of the days in the Northern hemisphere.

 

It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, Smithcraft, and Midwifery.

Groundhog Day Imbolc

She is a triple Goddess, honor her in all her aspects. Her symbols are serpents, representing the sacred fire of sexuality. All ancient Goddesses knew the sacred secrets of Tantric sexuality, healing, and transformation. Brigid governed wells. There is still a holy well in Ireland where she is workshopped. This is both a fire and water celebration, the balance of masculine and feminine energies. 

This is a time for communing with Brigid, for tending to and the lighting of your own sacred flame, the KUNDALINI fire of sexual tantric transformation. 

This is a good time for initiations, into covens or self-initiations. Initiations of all kinds are the order of the day.

The TAROT card that would accompany this Festival would be the ACE OF WANDS

The planets are well placed to support the fire and the water.

The MOON is in ARIES for most of the day in PST and EST. Mars is strong in ARIES. The Moon trines Saturn in Fiery SAGITTARIUS in the morning. VENUS is at the last critical degree of watery PISCES. JUNO, the feminine form of genius is at the last degree of SAGITTARIUS. CERES is at the last degree of ARIES. 

As a Purification Day

Use water and salt to purify yourself. Wash your hands and face in salt water. Sprinkle salt water which you have blessed charging it. Sprinkle it in every corner of your home. Water is the most important element. Water transmutes all hardness, breaks down anything over time. Water also symbolizes the emotions. We need to purify our emotional bodies as well. 

The waters of the earth these days needs our help and intentions. The oceans are polluted from Fukushima, from oil spills, fracking and toxins being poured into the rivers and lakes. Send your intention to see the earth’s waters running clear pure, cleansed. Bathing in Himalayan salt water while burning red candles would be appropriate.  

Brigid, GODDESS OF CREATIVITY

Do something creative, read poetry, suspend your critical mind and allow your left brain consciousness to take over and allow a pure stream of consciousness to write a poem, sing, or dance. Dedicate a future work to Her.

IMBOLC RITUAL

At sunset or just after a ritual, light every lamp in the house – if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honor of the Sun’s rebirth. If snow lies on the ground outside, walk in it for a moment, recalling the warmth of summer. With your projective hand, trace an image of the Sun on the snow.

FOODS TO EAT

Imbolc marks the first calving and dairy dishes are traditionally consumed. You could eat yogurt or sour cream. If you are on non-dairy, honor the cows with a statue of a cow, or transmute your non-dairy soya, oat milk, almond milk or coconut milk to  honor the cows and sheep. Hot fiery foods definitely match up with the fiery celebratory nature of this feast.All curries and all dishes made with red peppers, chilies, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic or chives are appropriate. It is traditional to consume Spiced red wines and dishes containing raisins, symbols of the sun’s energies.

Hot fiery foods definitely match up with the fiery celebratory nature of this feast.All curries and all dishes made with red peppers, chilies, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic or chives are appropriate. It is traditional to consume Spiced red wines and dishes containing raisins, symbols of the sun’s energies.

Traditional grains were eaten to celebrate the growth of future grains. Serve crepes pancakes, cakes, and breads. Again if you are on a PALEO, no carbs and no grains diet, use spelt, Kamut, almond, rice, corn, amaranth or whatever and transmute it to honor the ancient grains.  Put out a loaf of bread on your windowsill like they did in Ireland traditionally on Brigid’s day. An ear of corn was also set out. Wheat stalks are woven into X-shaped crosses to serve as charms to protect the home from fires and lightning. Clean out your fireplace.

IMBOLC RITUAL SUPPLIES
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly or Spring Flowers
Colors: White, Orange, Red

Ritual for Imbolc/Candlemas

A white flower or snow in a crystal or a paper cut out snowflake to symbolize winter. You could safely set this on fire and let it burn as a symbol of the spring coming.

You will need an orange candle anointed with cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil (unlit), red candle to represent the elements and your ritual supplies.

HOW TO

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle. Call in the elements.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Say such words as the following:
“This is the time of the feast of FIRE/torches/wands,
When every lamp blazes and shines
To welcome the rebirth of the Sun God.
Celebrate the Goddess, Celebrate the God;
All the Earth celebrates, beneath its mantle of sleep.

Light the orange candle from the red candle on the altar. Slowly walk the circle clockwise/sunwise, holding the candle before you. Say these or similar words:

“All the land is wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and frost envelopes the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun, Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn Of the gracious Mother Goddess,
Lady of all fertility.
Hail Great God!  Hail and welcome!”

Stop before the altar, holding up the candle. Gaze at its flame. Scry with the fire.  Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.

If you need to look into the future or the past, now is an ideal time

SET NEW INTENTIONS

Make new commitments on this day.

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Song to BRIGHID by Lisa Thiel

 

winter Solstice, Yule,

WINTER SOLSTICE/Summer Solstice down under, arrives Dec 21 @ 2:44 am PST/5:44 am EST/ 10:44 am GMT. Happy WINTER. Happy SUMMER to all my friends down under.

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This is the shortest day of light where we are north of the equator and the longest night and vice versa. This is the rebirth of the SUN! which Christmas is based on.

Solstice. The word means Sol=Sun, stands still. The Sun appears to rise and set at the same location on the horizon for three days. It really should be spelled SOULSTICE.

It is an ancient wiccan/ pagan/Germanic tradition called YULE. Al indigenous peoples celebrated in the participation of the turning of the wheel of time. It is the REBIRTH of the LIGHT, in the northern hemisphere. The Christian religion couldn’t eradicate the ancient practice, so they made this into the day of Jesus’s birth -Christmas. This time also marks the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia.

 

 

WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 4 Main power gates and 4 cross- quarters in the Year.

Zero degrees Capricorn marks the WORLD POINT. The SEEDING of all consciousness for the next year. It is a time of great HOPE, the SUN IS REBORN. An ancient pagan festival, Christianity overlaid its religious tenants over the ancient knowledge.

We are in the middle of the Ancient festival of SATURNALIA which the Romans celebrated. Red and Green colours were worn and candles were lit to SOL INVICTUS the SUN which is reborn on the Solstice. There was major partying and revelry, slaves were allowed to be equals, It was quite a wild time.

YULE Ancient Pagan/WICCAN  Winter Solstice Festival is the basis for Xmas.

YULE pronounced EWE-elle is the name for the shortest day of Light in the Year, the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It is when the dark half of the year dies to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, the sun’s “rebirth” was celebrated with much joy. Our ancestors celebrated the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, giver of Life. From this day forward, the days would become longer. As the people participated in the mystique of the turning of the wheel of Life, their participation and prayers to honor this propitious time was all important. For if the Goddess did not bring rebirth to her Son the sun, and the Sun’s Light did not return then that signaled the death of all life on the earth.

Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were ‘wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider. Children were escorted from house to house with gifts of clove spiked apples and oranges which were laid in baskets of evergreen boughs and wheat stalks dusted with flour. Apples and oranges represented the sun. The boughs symbolized immortality (evergreens were sacred to the Celts who worshiped trees, because they did not “die” thereby representing the eternal aspect of the Divine). The wheat stalks portrayed the harvest, and the flour was accomplishment of triumph, light, and life. Holly and ivy not only decorated the outside, but also the inside of homes, in hopes Nature Sprites would come and join the celebration. A sprig of Holly was kept near the door all year long as a constant invitation for good fortune to visit the residents. Mistletoe was also hung as decoration. It represented the seed of the Divine, and at Midwinter, the Druids would travel deep into the forest to harvest it.

The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the Solstice festival. Traditionally, the log must either have been harvested from the householder’s land, or given as a gift… it must never have been bought. Once dragged into the house and placed in the fireplace it was decorated in seasonal greenery, doused with cider or ale, and dusted with flour before set ablaze by a piece of last years log, (held onto for just this purpose). The log would burn throughout the night, then smolder for 12 days after before being ceremonially put out. Ash is the traditional wood of the Yule log. It is the sacred world tree of the Teutons, known as Yggdrasil. An herb of the Sun, Ash brings light into the hearth at the Solstice. The Teutonic God ODIN, was hung upside down on Ygdrasil the World Tree to receive a vision of the RUNES. He is the symbol of the HANGED MAN #12 in the tarot. 

 

2016’s Solstice features Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, conjunct Pluto squaring Jupiter in Libra and squaring Uranus, Eris, and Ceres in ARIES. The Cardinal Cross is very tense and we are trying to find a balance. Jupiter in Libra contrary to what you would think historically produces exaggerated dictatorships and not peace makers. 

The Moon is in LIBRA and inconjuncts NEPTUNE in PISCES later today

disappointment in relationships and dashed dreams. Moon squres Mercury in PDT later tonight.

What do we need to learn from The Hanged Man now?

The Hanged Man symbolizes surrendering the ego.  Allow, simply allow, The Universe has another path in mind. BUT don’t be a martyr either. 

MEDITATE at the SOLSTICE and plan the next 3 months till spring. Rest, it is an intense three days and then its Christmas and Chanukkah this year too.

I will be doing ceremony with my family. I have come down with a head cold.

Blessings of the season to you and yours.

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WINTER SOLSTICE SONG   LISA THIEL

 

The veils between the worlds open.

Halloween, known as Samhain is the ancient pagan New Year. This is the night when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. Traditionally this is the night when you honor your departed ancestors, with ceremony, candles and prayers. It is the day to hold a seance. Set up an altar to honor those you loved and who loved you. Your physical DNA and the emotional and physical traits and talents of your ancestors actually lives in you.

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SAMHAIN SHAMANIC RITUALS

Bring out your crystals and special blackened water bowls to scry with.  Go visit your dead ancestors at cemeteries. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these spirits to comfort, guide and support you. This would be the best day to tune into David Bowie, or Prince, two of the most beloved musicians who passed on in 2016. I will be channeling both of them tonight and will report afterward.

It’s also good to take a nature walk. Samhain rituals include bonfires, dancing, feasting and building altars to honor the ancestors. Some pagans bake special loaves of bread and leave offerings to the spirits outside their homes. 

In some Wiccan traditions, the Goddess has become the Crone.

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She is the Old One,  the wise woman who we turn to for wisdom from experience. Her counterpart is The God,the Horned One, the great antlered stag, the very masculine, sexually potent God of the Hunt. We honor the two at this time.

Bring in symbols of the God, antlers, acorns, pine cones, phallic symbols and symbols of the Goddess, red flowers, cups, and pomegranates.  If your tradition honors a specific pair of male and female deities, feel free to substitute their names in this ritual wherever it says God or Goddess.

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Horned God, the Goddess’s Consort

Cast a circle to mark a sacred space. Before starting the ceremony, place three sheaves of corn or wheat around the ritual space. Place a statue or other images of the God and Goddess at the center of your altar. Around the statues, place five candles, red and black for the darker aspect of the Goddess, and green and brown to symbolize the wild male God and nature, and white for the central hearth and home and the New Year.

Near the center of the altar  put a plate of dark bread, for each person present, and cup of wine or cider.  The youngest person present acts as the Handmaiden, and the oldest as the High Priest (HP) or High Priestess.  If you’re performing this rite on your own, act both parts.  The H.Ps. lights the red and black candles, and says:

“We light the candles  in honor of the Goddess.
She is Maiden Mother and Crone.”

Next, the H.P. lights the brown and green candles, saying:

“We light the candles in honor of the masculine God.
He is wild and fertile and tonight we honor him as the Horned God.”

The Handmaiden takes the bread and walks the circle, offering each person a piece.  The H.P. says

“May the blessings of the Goddess be upon you.” The cup of wine or cider is passed around, and each person sips from the cup. As they do, the H.P. says:May the blessings of the God be upon you.”

The Handmaiden then lights the fifth candle, for the hearth, saying:

“This candle is lit in honor of hearth and home.
The mother and father, the Goddess and the God
watch over us tonight as we honor them.”

The High Priestess says

“We light the candles for the most powerful Goddess
and her mighty horned consort, the God,
and for the safety of hearth and home.
On this, night of Samhain, the Goddess is a wise Crone,
and the God is a wild stag, and we honor and celebrate their Union.”

The H.P. states

“This is the time between the worlds, a time of life and death.
This is a night unlike any other night.
Ancient ones, we ask for your blessings.
Goddess, great Crone, mother of all life,
we thank you for your wisdom.
Horned One, master of the wild hunt, keeper of the forest,
we thank you for all that you provide.”

Everyone can give thanks in their own way. Place offerings to them on the altar.

Once all the offerings have been made, and thanks given, consider the gifts that the gods have given you over the past year, and show your gratitude. Meditate on the new beginnings of Samhain. State new intentions for the New Year.

As this is also a New Moon in Scorpio the energy is stronger than normal on this day. 

The Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto in Capricorn trines Chiron in Pisces inconjuncts Uranus in Aries and sextiles Mars in Capricorn. 

Scorpio is ruled by both Mars and Pluto as co-rulers so there easy access to this Moon deepens our ease of access to the Depth, the Underworld, Pluto’s realm, the realm of the Dead. This is the fertile land of the ghosts, ancestors, and our spirit guides. 

The inconjunct of Scorpio Moon to Uranus  brings in an element of surprise and chaos. Ride the electric current of Uranus energy to the farthest out unbeknownst worlds. This is inventive, pioneering, brave new horizons. 

The MOON is VOID of COURSE at 7:44 pm PDT/10:44 pm EDT/ Nov. 1st @ 2:44 a.m.

November 1st is the Day of the Dead in Mexico 

SUN trines NEPTUNE in PISCES  in the wee hours. I would stay up late Halloween night to really tap into this energy as it is super powerful and may blow your mind. Stay in the void the place of total creativity and potential.

I will be doing ceremony ritual and meditating, remembering my mother and father and ther ancestors. Sending you many blessings for the New Year. 

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Samhain by Lisa Thiel