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Harvest Time

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The harvest season is here. The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Mabon. My garden is vibrant, full of beautiful flowers. Birds, cats and insects visit it many times. I don’t have the veggie harvest  I hoped for but I can still harvest a cucumber, a tomato, a Chinese lantern and many herbs and leaves.

I am not growing veggies anymore. The area for them is full of roots and rocks. It is impossible. I will instead attempt growing herbs and flowers there instead. I also tried growing carrots. The rain washed away the seeds. So I know herbs and flowers are likely to grow. The herbs I want to grow are mandrake, lots of mugwort, monkshood, sage, more lavender, more comfrey and calendula and moonwort. I would grow mandrake for its root. I am also going to harvest garlic!!! Mmmmm

That will happen next spring. I will harvest raspberry leaf, woodruff, lavender, winter my rosemary and calendula indoors, oregano, lemon balm, chives and comfrey. I can use comfrey for fertilizer or healing. I plan to grow chives indoors. Chives give food flavor that can’t be beat.

Mabon is a time of balance. Mabon is the second harvest Sabbat. I love Mabon as it always feels truly magickal to me. Mabon is about yin and yang, and a time when day and night are in equal balance. Mabon is the autumn equinox. The symbols of Mabon are gourds, pumpkins, corn, apples, pomegranates, grains, horn of plenty, and pinecones. The colors of Mabon are reds, greens, brown and gold. The incense is benzoin, myrrh and sage. The gemstones are tigers eye, sapphire and lapiz lazuli. The activities of Mabon are Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

It ushers Samhain in. Mabon is a magickal time and I hope you all have a wonderful harvest.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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New Moon harvest

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Merry meet all,

Today I bound my garlic cloves from the garden with an elastic and hung them to dry. I chopped off the onion stems and stored the onion heads in a dry clean basket. I will leave the garlic and onions to cure for a number of weeks. Then I hope they store well for the winter. The bluejays steal eggshells I leave in the garden. I wonder why. I believe I shall harvest more rhubarb too. I do enjoy some raspberries from my garden too, though not as many as I’d like. 

The sky’s overcast here today. The sun’s trying to shine through the clouds. The oak seedling in my garden’s doing well. The garden sage is doing well. I can’t wait for another big harvest from my garden. I love to garden and I am sure it shows, but it gives me a sense of accomplishment and brings me peace. I love my garden. It’s been a lot of work and I am seeing the results of my labour, which is part of what Lammas is about. 

The New Moon shines tomorrow night. The New Moon phase is a good time for new beginnings and starting new projects. Cleanse your crystals and burn a candle to meditate or reflect on what you would like to do. I am seeing August as a good time to get my writing and sewing done and up to date. September always signals a change for me. 

Many New Moon Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch 

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Gods of Lammas

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Lugh is an important figure in Lammas. He is a Celtic god of craftsmanship and skill. He was known as the Many Skilled God, because he was so gifted. In a legend, Lugh arrives at Tara, and is denied entrance. He describes all the wonderful things he can do, and every time the guard denies him. Finally he is admitted entrance.

Celebrate Lammas by honouring your own many special skills and abilities. Make an offering to Lugh, the god of craftsmanship. Light a candle and some smoky sandalwood incense. Sit down and using a special magickal pen, write down in your journal or Book of Shadows, your many skills and talents. You may be more talented than you thought. Store the list in your BOS. 

Decorate your altar with items related to your talents. For example, you may wish to include a hammer for carpentry, jewelry, a journal for writing, or a loaf of bread for baking. Use a green or brown candle to symbolize Lugh. You can add some stalks of grain if you like to symbolize Lammas.

Study the flickering candle flame for a moment. Let its power and magick wash over you. Think about your accomplishments. Say aloud:

“Strong Lugh, the Celtic many-skilled god, patron of the arts, silver-tongued bard, I honour you,  and ask that you bless me and my gifts with your skill and wisdom. Blessed Be.”

Offer a fresh loaf of bread or something you harvested from your garden. Say aloud: “I thank you, mighty Lugh, for hearing my words tonight. I leave you this offering of bread and wine tonight. Blessed Be.”

When you are ready, end the ritual. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Lammas Esbat

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The Full Moon approaches!! The Full Moon shines on Lammas/ Lughnasadh. This is a special auspicious time. Full Moon and Lammas together. I encourage you all to take advantage of this turn in the Wheel of the Year and the moon’s waxing energy.

Lammas is the First Harvest sabbat. On August 5th, the Celtic Tree month of Hazel begins. The Sun reaches fifteen degrees Leo on August 7th. It is Lammas cross-quarter day. Lammas is a time of harvest and the sacrifice of the god Lugh to ensure the success of the harvest. Apples, wheat, oats and grains, and corn are harvested at this time of year. The god Lugh is honored at this time of year.

The word Lammas from the Old English phrase hlaf-masse, which means loaf mass. Lugh was a god of many skills, a Celtic craftsman god. He was the patron of bards and magicians. Lugh was called sam ildinach, which meant he had many skills. In one legend, he arrived at the hall of Tara, the hall of the high kings of Ireland. The guard at the door told him they would admit only one person with a special skill- one blacksmith, one wheelwright, one bard, etc. Lugh possessed all those skills at once. Each time the guard refused him. Lugh asked the guard if the guard would admit one who possessed those skills at the same time and finally, the guard admitted him entrance to Tara.

Lugh was a skilled warrior. His weapons were a mighty magical spear. In battles, the spear tried to fight on its own and flashed fire, tearing through the enemy lines unchecked. The Celts regarded war as a way of life, and smiths were special too. The smith is called Goibhnui. The Celts loved the number three. Everything was in threes, and so it was that there were three craftsmen who created a triple-god form. The 3 craftsmen created enough weaponry for an entire army- the Tuatha De Danann’s battle from the mighty Formorians.

To honor Lugh/ Lughnasadh, place sickles and scythes upon your altar as well as sheafs of grain, fresh picked fruit, and loaves of bread for your Lammastide altar. Or place symbols of your own creative achievements. Grapes of wine, handmade corn dolls, ears of corn, fall flowers, straw braids or onion garlands. Put a statue of Lugh on your altar and pray to acknowledge what you have achieved or learned since the last Lammas. Share a harvest ritual with your coven or family. Put together a Lammas cornucopia, make an apple candleholder, or a cornhusk chain. Use your imagination. You can get more ideas from about.com for ways to celebrate and honor Lammas.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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