The Harvest of Lammas: Transformation and Change
With Lughnasadh/Lammas behind us, until it returns again, the Wheel of the Year turns steadily along. How do we experience the first harvest of summer if we are not living the agrarian lifestyle? Perhaps it is in the changes that have occurred in our lives over the past and passing year? John Barleycorn is transformed into Bread, Mead and Ale through fire and pain, dissolution and transformation. That is the alchemy of the season. Perhaps the sacred fire of the burning wicker man, is also the fire of transformation, if we carry that idea, that energy within us, take it home from the ritual, if we attended one, it can inform our decisions for the up and coming year. I sacrificed to the wicker man. I sacrificed fear and aversion to change, I hope the sacred fire that I feel burn within me leads down the path of change. Not to end Wheel of Wonder and the Wheel of Wonder blog, but perhaps to deepen our mutual experience of it. Its a matter of facing changes in our lives with hope, or with fear, as we have free will the choice is always ours. That is the first harvest I've been feeling the presence of as this year draws to a close. I hope everyones life will see some improvements as we look forward to our further harvests and Samhain, followed by the darker half of the new year. I've heard the ancient Celts had always said the new day begins at the setting of the sun. We stumble through the darkness a spell, until the new light of a new day clarifies the experience that day has to offer!
Next week on Wheel of Wonder I look forward to interviewing Ginger Doss, Pagan Musician and Music Director for the Church of the Mind in Fayetteville. Check out This Video on YouTube if you'd like! Or visit her website via the sidebar.