Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2019: Lammas/Lughnasadh Edition
Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
“As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
And a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
That this season of waning light
And increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!”
– Faille, Lammas Ritual
ThoughtCo: Lammas Craft Projects
Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.
Wise Woman Herbal: Lammas by Susun Weed
The least known of the eight major Pagan holy days is Lammas, celebrated on the first of August. (The other primary holy days are the Summer and Winter Solstices, the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, and the Cross Quarter Days of Imbolc and Beltane.)
Lammas, or “Loaf Mass,” is the Feast of the First Harvest, the Feast of Bread. This Holy Day honors the women who created agriculture and bred the crops we cultivate, especially the grains, or corn. In the British Isles, celebrants make corn dollies from the last of the newly-harvested wheat.
Pioneer Thinking: Lavender Bath Salts
If you love soaking your stresses away in a hot, fragrant tub, then you’ll want to save this recipe for lavender bath salts. It’s quick and simple to make, for yourself or as a gift.
Raven & Crone: Lammas, Lughnasadh Rituals, Spells and Activities
For the Lammas ritual contained here you will need your regular altar supplies. It is appropriate to have corn husks, corn dollies, wheat and grain decorating the altar and the quarters. In addition you will need:
Pagan Library: Lammas Night
I stood before my altar at Lammastide
And asked the Lord and Lady to be my guides.
“Please show to me a vision that I may see
What sacrifice is worthy to give to Thee.”
“Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!”
– Robert Burns
EarthSky News: Spot the young moon in early August
From most of the world on August 1, 2019, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see the waxing crescent moon after sunset. After all, the new moon happens on August 1, 2019, at 3:12 UTC; translate UTC to your time. At that instant of new moon, according to astronomers’ definitions, the old moon becomes a young moon again, as the moon transitions out of the morning sky and into evening sky.
Patheos-Pagan: 5 Simple Ways to Bring Lammas to Our Modern Lives
Lammas. Probably one of the most overlooked of Pagan and Heathen holidays – and it’s not the only option this time of year. We don’t know when it was first celebrated, but it certainly goes as far back as early medieval England. There, it was a celebration of the wheat harvest. It was also the time that tenants would present their rent payments to the landlord – usually in the form of wheat.
TRUST IN ABUNDANCE
“Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is atthe moment.'”
— Deepak Chopra
How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?
Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.
“Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but firstwe must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us.”
— David Spangler
A Note from the Universe
By design you are stronger than whatever you may create.
Including the lions and tigers and bears now in your life.
Today’s Recipe: Mixed Greens with Blueberries and Feta
This salad boasts savory and sweet ingredients to make it a favorite all around the table. Blueberries, currently in season, can be swapped out for other antioxidant and fiber-rich fresh fruit as it comes in season like cherries, raspberries, and peaches. Top salad with salmon or roasted poultry for a complete dinner.
Magical Correspondences for Lammas/ Lughnasadh
Lughnasadh (loo-nas-ah)-Northern Hemisphere: August 1
Southern Hemisphere: February 1
Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter day
Colors are Yellows, Red, Bronze, Brown, Orange, Dark Green
Food: Corn and Grains, Nuts, Cider, Ale BeerBread, all garden produce,
Scents & Herbs: Frankincense, Hollyhock, Rose, Heather, Hops, Sunflower,Marigold,Blackthorn, Yarrow, Vervain, Sandalwood, Basil
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Citrine Amber, Tiger’s Eye, Obsidian
Deities: Lugh, Cerridwen, Isis, Ceres
This Sabbat is also known as the Feast of Bread and is a time of transformation. It is the first of the 3 harvest celebrations and was seen by our ancestors as the beginning of Autumn.
Sacred Symbols: Corn and Gourds, Corn Dollies, Harvest Tools, the Cornucopia and the Cauldron
Aug 1, 2019
“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
-Madame De Girardin
I love this! The nose doesn’t “think” – it just senses- our brain then translates what scent is coming through. Our instinct is the same way- sometimes we don’t know why we know something, but we just do. So rather than try to translate or decipher this information in the brain, it might do us well to just go with it every once in awhile, and find out just where our intuition leads us.
Daily Tarot: Death
There’s a sense of security in what is old, and with something new coming into your life it’s natural to be a bit afraid. Give this new situation a chance and give yourself time to get comfortable with the new conditions. It could be as simple as getting your hair cut or changing your glasses frames, but it could be much bigger than that
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