Green to yellow and gold to orange,
and then to brown….
Summoning earth, baked by sky…
courting the Wheel,
stirring the Witch within. Danette Wilson
Soon crows will reign and darkness will fall all over the land. Shadows begin to lengthen, and the nights come, just a bit earlier and earlier.
These are the dog days of summer, and our gardens are full of goodies. Fields are full of grains and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, or Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.
Magic now is focused around the hearth and home, ritually sacrifice negative thoughts, emotions, or behaviors, and relationships that are doing you no good.
As John Barleycorn, the living Spirit of the corn, or grain, is cut, he surrenders his life so that others may be sustained by the grain, so that the life of the community can continue. He is both eaten as the bread and is then reborn as the seed returns to the earth. Death and rebirth. Everything is reborn. This is the wonderful bittersweet of Lammas.
The Goddess becomes the Mother of the Harvest, strong, her face dark from the sun and wind. She carries a scythe and a basket of fruits, vegetables and ears of corn. In order to eat bread we must cut the grain.
Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals. As the wheel turns to Lammas night
power is brought to magick rite.
On the first Sunday in August, the Welsh used to make pilgrimages to Llyn y Fan fach (a lake near Llanddeusant in Dyfed) to watch for the annual reappearance of the fairy from this lake who married a mortal but returned to the lake the third time he struck her. Before she left, she bequeathed her knowledge of herbal medicine to her sons, who became the ancestors of the renowned physicians of Myddfai..
The Perseids, one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, is coming up. Right now, we are in the middle of a meteor shower called the Delta Aquarids, which began around July 12.
The Delta Aquarids will continue until around August 23, overlapping with the Perseid meteor shower (which peaks in mid-August).
The best time to watch the sky for these shooting stars is in the hours between midnight and dawn, around 2 or 3 am..
Because Delta Aquarid meteors can be a little faint, it’s important to look for them in a dark sky, free of moonlight and artificial lights.
Since the beginning of August marks a new moon, the peak of the Delta Aquarids will be blessed with waning crescent moons, which means darker skies and more visible meteors.
Watch the night sky at