Happy Lughnasadh To You!!
Well... 2020 will most certainly be one NONE of us will forget!
As there has been some months this year that felt like it dragged on forever, there has also been some fast and exciting months too!! Lots of highs and lows felt by all!
The exciting thing we get to look forward to is the close of Summer and onward to Fall!!
Lughnasadh is the half way point!! Where summer is coming to a close and Autumn is soon to follow!
For me... it's been another year of growth!
During my down time I was able to write & release my 2nd book... "Heal Yourself Holistically"!!
I became a certified Life Coach !!
And I learned and now teach QiGong!
This month also holds great importance to me... as on 8/8 I celebrate my 1 year anniversary of my Minister Ordination! I have enjoyed a year full of Officiating Weddings and I absolutely love it!
I'm so super grateful for the Universe and all the amazing opportunities I have had this year!!
I look forward to many more good times ahead!
As we celebrate Lughnasadh.... 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!
I'm thankful for the abundant harvest in my herb garden. My garden started out small this year and grew yet again! I'm honing in on my Green Witch skills!
We actually grew a cucumber this year... from a seed to a full on cucumber you could eat!! That was a pretty exciting moment for me! I absolutely love cumber and eat them all the time, so It was quite thrilling!
I have continued working 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 Fall... it is my favorite time of the year! I even got married purposely in October because I love Fall 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 bring Halloween, which is my home decor!
To balance Fall out, I also enjoy the Spring season.. seeing the first sprouts of life making a come back! 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 Lughnasadh is? Well... let me break it down!
This is the celebration of of the first crops being harvested. Usually these crops consist of berries, 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. 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 this year.
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. Here I made some Lammas Lemon & Rosemary Pecan Bread. I was able to harvest my Rosemary and Lemon Verbena for this recipe and it turned out so yummy!!
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)
6. Harvest Herbs. One thing I like to do is harvest my herbs!! They tend to be quite abundant during this time... so not only can you use them in your baking, but... you can also make Smudging Sticks. I made Rosemary Smudging Sticks this year!!
It's super easy to make. Just harvest your Rosemary, use some cotton type string or thread in my case... wrap it and hang them to dry! Once they are dry you can use them to smudge your space!
As we head into my favorite lovely Fall Season... I wish you all Lughnasadh Loves !!!
Light, Loves and Lunar Hugs,
Bridget M. Shoup
"The Crystal Healing Gypsy"