Blessed Lughnasadh To All!!
It's time to celebrate as the Wheel of the Year turns another notch! I for one enjoy Lammas, as it's the celebration of Summer beginning to come to a close!
As we celebrate Lughnasadh (The Witches Thanksgiving) .... I think back on all I'm grateful for. I'm grateful for all the love and support I receive from my family and friends! My Hubby and Daughter for being so supportive and amazing always! I'm thankful I can share my healing gifts with other lovely Souls... it's my Life's passions & I'm happy to be able to assist people on their lives journey! I'm thankful for the harvest of my labor that is abundant in my herb garden & thankful for the lovely Crystal Babies who assist me each and everyday!
I have added more herbs to my Garden this year! Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, White Sage, more Lavender, Garden Sage, & Basil....and let me tell you how happy I am to have been able to extend my Garden! My Rosemary & Oregano has taken off and I was able to harvest them just recently as you see above!
I have never had a green thumb in past years, but as I have grown as a Witch so has my gardening skills. I have taken classes on herbology with The School of Witchery just recently; it has helped me to understand what the plants need... as well as how to use them to the best benefit and how to identify them! I continue to harness all these new things and to work even more with the elements!
I feel so lucky to have also taken more Crystal classes...this time w/Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy! I learned more about how to identify Crystals, more about their mineral makeup, and their formations! As all good Witches know, knowledge is Key as it truly is the only thing we get to take with us into our next life!
With my recent Meditation work I have continued to work with my Chakra's and have become more connected to all that is around me! I am connected to all living beings small and large. I appreciate being able to grow and learn more this year!
I for one, enjoy Autumn... it is my favorite time of the year! I even got married purposely in October because I love Autumn so much!
I love seeing the leaves change colors, to be able to wear boots and warm clothes, plus...my favorite, it's the best time to redecorate or add decorations to my house as fall brings Halloween, which is my home decor 24/7!
To balance Autumn out, I also enjoy the Spring season.. seeing the first sprouts of life making a come back is super exciting! Seeing the lovely leaves and flowers bloom... loveliness! What is your favorite season?
WHAT IS LUGHNASADH???
Lughnasadh or Lammas, is celebrated on August 1st...half way between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.
You probably are wondering by now, what is Lughnasadh? Well... let me break it down for you!
This is the celebration of of the first crops being harvested. Usually these crops consist of berries, herbs, grains and corn. It's a time to recognize that the long Summer months will soon be coming to an end. It's a time to be grateful and thankful for the abundance of things in our lives big and small. This celebration dates all the way back to the 15th century and originates as a Gaelic Festival that marks the beginning of the harvest season. It gets it's name from the Irish God Lugh who is the God of Light, Fire and the Sun.
WAYS TO CELEBRATE:
1. Decorate! Revamp your Alter to show your thanks for the harvest. I will share a pictures of the bouquet I put together for my Alter last year below.
2. Bake! As this is the time to celebrate the 1st crops being harvested... baking breads is the perfect way to share and spread some cheer. Use some of the herbs from your garden to spice things up in your bread!
WATCH US MAKE "LAMMAS LEMON/ROSEMARY BREAD!
(a special Thanks to my lovely Daughter Kelsey for not only helping me make our Lammas Bread, but also for capturing the moment w/your photo talents! Love You!)
3. Make a Harvest Meal. As we go from the end of Summer and heading into Fall, making a lovely meal consisting of the following is a great way to celebrate the seasons change. Pumpkin soup, Potatoes, Blackberry or Blueberry Pie.
4. Meditate. Take some time out of your day today to go outdoors for a mediation. During your meditation you can give thanks for the abundant things in your life.
5. Sing. You can make up a cute song to sing today! Here is an idea....."The leaves on the trees are falling down, falling down, falling down." (to the tune the Wheels on the Bus)
As we head into my favorite lovely Fall Season... I wish you all Lughnasadh Loves !!!
Light, Loves & Lunar Hugs,
Bridget M. Shoup, CMP
"The Crystal Healing Gypsy"