Third Quarter Moon: An Oasis of Respite

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The Third Quarter Moon arrives at 6:15 PM Pacific Time today, but she is a late riser at this time of the month, setting mid-afternoon and rising in the night sky around midnight. Perhaps you will see her peeking through the last of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

As LaLuna shifts from the vibrant active Yang of her Full Moon energy towards the deep Yin energy of the Dark Moon, you may find yourself in greater alignment with her energies… your intuition increases daily… you connect even more strongly with your Wise Inner Self… you understand more about who you are and your purpose, your lessons learned… and you connect more with your Ancestors.

This is the time for Gratitude, as you reflect on the journey so far and prepare for the coming New Moon next week.

For some, Quarter Moons represent a crisis point: at the Third Quarter we are returning home and perhaps questioning who we are, what we’ve done. We may find ourselves embracing our Inner Wild… wanting to run with the Wolves and howl at the Moon. .. declare to the world, “This is ME in all my glory!” Yes! Embrace whatever you are feeling. Own it. Explore it. Celebrate it.

The Third Quarter represents the West, Autumn, the flow and cleansing of the Water Element (emotions) guided by Mamaí Mara of the waters, aided by Na Fianna, the stag & doe representing the magic, balance and harmony between the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine.

And, most importantly for your Soul Work, the Third Quarter connects to a different kind of Power as you find your Self in that liminal phase between Woman/Mother and Crone: The Matriarch, a newly defined stage of a woman’s life.

Four phases of a woman’s life? Many of us have defined typically our stages as a reflection of the Triple Goddess — Maiden, Woman, Crone — but our lives have lengthened considerably since that initial concept. There is a now a much longer phase between Woman and Crone.

So not just Maiden-Woman-Crone but Maiden-Woman-Matriarch-Crone. And, yes, there are other names for this new Matriarchal stage. Perhaps the word Matriarch doesn’t resonate with you. Perhaps other terms such as Guardian or Spiritual Warrior work for you. Or perhaps you have another word to define this phase.

In their book, The Women’s Wheel of Life, Elizabeth Davis and Carol Leonard describe 12 major archetypes in a woman’s life plus a 13th, The Transformer, which links all phases together. Each of the 12 archetypes are associated with one of four major stages, just like our blessed Grandmother Moon:

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East / Spring / Innocence: The Maiden, as the archetypes of Daughter-Maiden-Blood Sister

South / Summer / Nurturing: The Woman, as Lover-Mother-Midwife

West / Autumn / Power: The Matriarch, as Amazon-Matriarch-Priestess

North / Winter / Wisdom: The Crone, as Sorceress-Crone-Dark Mother

And in the Centre of the Wheel, linking them all, The Transformer.

SOUL WORK

We are in such a powerful time this lunar month — our month of “Coeur-ageous Transformation“— and especially now at this Third Quarter.

We started with the intensity of the Leo New Moon, moved through the harvest/gratitude energy of Lughnasadh, connected to the Lions Gate Portal and the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse and are now zooming towards the Solar Eclipse on the New Moon, which once again will be in Leo. And planetary retrograde energies as well! You may feel off kilter, that things are churning up internally.

It is said the Sun represents our Ego but that the Moon represents our True Self . . . and both are so prominent and heightened this month!

At this Third Quarter, a time of gentle respite in the chaos of astrological and astronomical energies surrounding us — at a time of balance of Sun & Moon, Yin and Yang, Ego & Self — take some time to reflect on your own energies as you consider the Question for the West in the Medicine Wheel reading:

What is Transforming?

This respite will support you in preparing for the intense Leo New Moon energy just a week away, and your experience with the Solar Eclipse…. which for some is energetically like a whole year at once!

SOUL QUESTIONS

How does your energy feel at present… physically, emotionally, spiritually?

  • What has transformed… or is still transforming?
  • Where/when are you acting from Ego and where/when do you act from your True Self? Do you recognize the differences? Do others?

With which of the Matriarch archetypes are you connecting … or wish to connect?

  • Do you feel the power of the Amazon — strong, independent and reconnecting to her original purpose? Here you are supported by Goddesses such as Ceres and Athena. Call on them in your meditations and Soul Work.
  • Are you stepping into the power of the Matriarch — self-assured, sharing your gifts with the world, serving as best you can? Here you are supported by Mab, Demeter, Yemaya, and Hera. Call on them in your meditations and Soul Work
  • Do you feel the power of the Priestess — feeling those powerful surges of intuition and illumination, transcendent, shedding the skin and mask that may have hidden your True Self from the world? Here you are supported by Rhiannon, Inanna, Mary Magdalene, and Arianrhod. Call on them in your meditations and Soul Work.

If you did a Medicine Wheel Reading this month at the New Moon — or even if you didn’t — pull some cards from your favourite deck(s) for even more insight(s). You may find some answers. . .  or even more questions.


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Third Quarter Moon in Taurus
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Soul Work for the Waning Moon: The Gift of Time

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Although we are still basking in the energy of yesterday’s Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse,  and Lunar Lughnasadh, LaLuna continues to move in her cycle and has started to move away from the midpoint of fullness and is now starting to very gently wane towards her Dark/New phase.

In this part of the cycle, we incorporate the wisdom of our journey, experience the outcomes of the Waxing phase, harvest the fruits of our efforts and start shifting from action to reflection, from Yang to Yin. This is the natural time to reap and release — unburden, let go — most effectively.

How do you feel about this process? At times we think we’re “done”… and then Spirit reminds us that there is still something to be unearthed and brought into the light.

For some, this is welcomed… a new journey! … a new project! For others, it can be wearying… tiresome… you may start to feel “enough already!”

But are we ever really “done”? There is always new wisdom. There are always new lessons… or a new outlook, a new challenge.

Personal change can be both rewarding and tumultuous, and not just because of the process itself, but because of the emotions associated with the change.

Change in the world around us — natural, social, political — can also be chaotic and unsettling, even when it is a positive change.

No matter how big or small a change we initiate, it always involves letting go of something — a behaviour, a belief, an expectation, a “norm”, a habit — to allow something new into our lives, to bring us closer to the life we want, to move us further along our journey in life… and to bring us closer to our authentic Self, our Wise Inner Self, and perhaps to our purpose and the Sacred Contract we created coming into this life.

Yet there can be a mourning for that which no longer serves us, because once it held great value… perhaps by protecting us, or allowing us to feel confident or safe or loved. But perhaps instead of choosing grief, we can choose gratitude … thanking what once supported us, even if we have now outgrown its purpose.

And if unexpected change is thrust upon us — loss, death, worldly circumstances — we may feel anger, abandonment, grief or even stronger emotions.

But just as the Phoenix arises from the ashes of its own demise, you too can create new beginnings from painful transitions or endings.

In this month of coeur-ageous transformation, know that it is okay — nay, expected — that one will experience both highs and lows, that one may feel the need to grieve the losses/releases whilst still looking forward to the future and the joy of new beginnings.

You may be familiar with the story of the butterfly and the time it takes to prepare for its first flight after emerging from its chrysalis. The wings must dry naturally so that the structure of the wings will be fully formed. Interfering with that process can result in disaster… no flight.

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So give yourself the gift of time. Let the changes and the transformation unfold naturally… and prepare to soar!

❤️ Give your Self time to process the changes

❤️ Give your Self time to release and let go

❤️ Give your Self time to adjust to and embrace the new

You may feel an impetus to fix everything at once. But transformation has its own timetable. We must crawl before we can walk. We must walk before we can run. Like the butterfly, we must let the wings of transformation dry and become solid enough to carry us into flight.

If you are feeling that pressure, perhaps that is a belief you can now release, however it manifests for you: that there is a timetable you can hasten… that you can control everything… that your conscious mind can control the transformation of your heart and soul… that you should be done” by now… that you need fixing.

Because a vacuum is created when something leaves, create an affirmation — a new belief — in your own words expressing how perfect it is that everything will unfold naturally in its own time… and how joyous that journey will be.

Wherever you are in your journey, that’s the perfect place to be.

Continue to honour who you were and who you are becoming.

And remember . . . You already are a Goddess!


🍀Pronunciation Tip
Seanmháthair Gealach, Irish Gaelic for Grandmother Moon, is pronounced Shan-waw-her Gee-al-ack. Of course, accents change across Ireland so other may pronounce these words with regional variations.


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Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 2: Release with Air

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 SOUL WORK

The Full Moon marks both the point of fullness in the monthly lunar cycle but also the start of the waning cycle, as the Moon’s energy shifts from Yang energy back to Yin energy, decreasing in brightness as LaLuna moves towards the end of her cycle.

This is a time of healing and rejuvenation, and the perfect time to release anything negative or unneeded that you might have carried from the last Full Moon.

During our Full Moon ritual, we release all those negative or burdensome energies to Grandmother Moon and the Goddess and ask her to renew and fill our spirit again on our monthly journey.

There are many ways to release during your Full Moon ritual, and I always like to incorporate prominent elements of the current month into my ritual. This month we have the Air energy of Aquarius, so think about ways you can bring those elements onto your altar: feathers, incense, a sound bowl, chimes, the colours white and yellow…. and Thyme for Courage in your work.

Meditate or journey before you begin your Full Moon ritual… contemplating on those now freed memories triggered by your Lughnasadh meditations and the Lunar Eclipse, those lumps of coal awaiting transformation to sparkling diamonds.

These are what you can now release, let go, let goddess take.

FULL MOON RITUAL

PREPARING SACRED SPACE

Set your altar with white and yellow candles representing LaLuna and the Air Element, and any other elements that are important to you.

Create sacred space by smudging with Thyme (either a simple wand made from a few sprigs, or dried Thyme in a fireproof vessel). Thyme represents courage and will support your courageous transformation.

I like this technique: Using your smudging bundle, incense wand or vessel, slowing start to trace a counter-clockwise spiral from your feet to above your head, widening the circle the higher you go. Then smudge around the room, if indoors.

Create a positive intention for the ritual. It can be as simple as “Today I release all that no longer serves me”.

CALL IN THE DIRECTIONS

Call in the Directions (or whatever process you use to create Sacred Space).

You could use something like the following, which calls in the Four Directions of East, South, West and North and also Above, Below, Within. But be sure to customize for you… calling in YOUR guides, YOUR allies.

  • I call to the East, Air, and new beginnings, for my voice and agility of my mind, and I Brighid, Goddess of Springtime, for her support and vision.
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    (FYI, “Sea” is Gaelic for “yes”, and is pronounced SHA; you can also use HO, or AHO, or whatever words you normally use)
  • I call to the South, Fire, for my spirit and creativity, and I call to Áine, Goddess of Sun for her support and passion. Sea (SHA)
  • I call to the West, Water, for the power of my emotion, for love and courage and an open heart, and I call on Mamai (Mother) Mara of the seas for her support and cleansing flow, for harmony between my Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Sea (SHA)
  • I call to the North, Earth, for the grounding of my Spirit, for peace and stillness within, and I call on An Cailleach, the Wise Crone, and my ancestors for their guiding light and wisdom. Sea (SHA)
  • I to the worlds below, our blessed Mother Earth, Danú, for the abundance and Life she has brought us and for all her children… all our relations… our animal allies, the Sidhe (pronounced SHEE), the plants, animals, mountains and rivers. Sea (SHA)
  • I call to the worlds above, our blessed Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon) and Daghda (Father Sky), the Star Nations, our spirit guides and ask for protection and wisdom today. Sea (SHA)
  • I stand in the Centre, with and within my Self, standing amongst the Source of all Love, Creation and Spirit, and ask for the blessings of this journey, of this life. I ask the support and blessing of the Great Spirit, the source of all love and creation, and give gratitude for this life. Sin é. (Gaelic for “thats it”, pronounced “Shin-ay”)

MEDITATION AND RELEASE

Look up to the Moon (if indoors, visualize the moon in your mind’s eye) and breathe in the power and cleansing energy of the Moon. Feel its light and energy flow from your head down through each of your your chakras, all the way down to your feet, feeling that beautiful light fill you and support you.

Use the power Air — your Voice — to release.

Continue breathing slowly and deeply until you feel fully connected to your Wise Inner Self, and to Spirit.

And in the light of the Moon, being reading out your list of things to release, saying “I now release you” for each item on your list. Breathe out the energy of that which no longer serve you after each release statement. Continue until it feels complete.

Stay for a moment in that energy… how it feels to be unburdened, to let go, to let Goddess heal you, to be fully connected to your true Self and to Spirit.

Remember that. Hold onto that. You can come back to that feeling at any time.

CLOSE THE CIRCLE WITH GRATITUDE

Close the Directions in the same way you opened it, but instead of calling on each ally or direction, thank them instead… give gratitude.

Blow out your candles and savour the moment.


Blessed Be, SiStars

 


Click here for Part 1  Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 1: Energies and Alchemy


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Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 1: Energies and Alchemy

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PART 1: The Energies of the Full Moon in Aquarius

For me, August is a “cauldron” month. We are in the South / Summer of the Medicine Wheel, where the Fire element is still dominant… where things are bubbling and transforming.

But with the arrival of Lughnasadh, the first of the three Celtic harvest festivals, the Summer Fire is starting to wane and make way for the Water of Autumn, the West of the Medicine Wheel.

And oh how I long for that Water, to quench our dry Mama Earth here in Vancouver, so desperately needed to douse the wildfires still rampant in our province.

At this time of year, I am starting to align with the harvest energies … completing goals set earlier in the year, finalizing next steps for others still in progress, reviewing, processing, reaping… and digging deep within to recognize what no longer serves me so that I may release it.

For me, it’s at this time of year that buried memories can surface. And it is said that the lunar eclipse will enhance those memories…. perhaps even reaching back to our youth.

Those lumps of coal representing old wounds and pains not resolved or healed are revealed from deep within, reminding me that there is still something to release, forgive, let go under the Full Moon and the Waning cycle that follows. But choose to look at the patterns that can be broken, rather than dwelling on the pain and the memories. Letting go….letting Goddess do her work.

It is also a reminder that enlightenment can be a challenging path, not always paved in gold… although the outcome can be glorious. I can see the glint of potential diamonds… those lumps of coal rising to the surface can be transformed into diamonds, with the intent of our coeur-ageous transformation and the power of the Full Moon. Pure Alchemy, Pure Magick!

If you feel the weight of this, if you start to flag or doubt your Self, remember these words from John O’Donohue (one of my favourite authors), as quoted in his book ETERNAL ECHOES:

Your soul is more immense than any one moment or event in your past.

This lunar month starts and ends in Leo… the sign of Heart and Fire. Take courage from that, take heart…


Click here for PART 2: Soul Work and Full Moon Ritual.

 


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Full Moon in Aquarius arrives Moonday, August 7 @ 11:10 AM PT / 18:10 UTC

The Partial Lunar Eclipse will be visible from most parts of South and East Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. Full details at TimeAndDate.


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Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, which – for me  – perfectly captures my thoughts about Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) and other harvest festivals: that true abundance is intangible and that we are a speck in the immense cosmos around us, a piece of star dust in the human form.

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“The true harvest of my life is intangible – a little stardust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.” Henry David Thoreau

Each year at Lughnasadh, I follow a simple ritual and sometimes change it up a little, such as creating new Lughnasadh Soul Questions for that year. I always ask my Self some Soul Questions as part of the ritual… and often adding in a little magick!

Harvest time gives us the opportunity to look back at our life, either just the year itself or over our lifetime. I especially like to reflect on themes associated with the harvest, such as abundance and gratitude,  endings (and rebirth) or other significant personal themes.

This simple Lughnasadh ritual can be done in Circle with others, or as a solitary practitioner. You could even meet virtually, such as online in a group with others.

In Celtic traditions, the day begins at sunset so I will begin my celebrations tonight as Lughnasadh is traditionally celebrated on August 1st. But for those who like to celebrate on the precise Cross-Quarter Day, mark your calendars for August 6th at 5:13 PM Pacific Time (00:13 August 7th UTC).  Some call this day “Old Lammas”.  I will be celebrating on both days!

This lunar month began on July 23rd with the New Moon in Leo, and I choose the theme Coeur-ageous Transformation for this month… so will include courage in my ritual. Harvests represent completion and New Moons represent rebirth… such a great combination! Leo is a sign of courage and the heart (“coeur“-age), so be sure to tap into your Heart chakra on Lughnasadh.

Preparation 
In addition to your altar requirements, you will also need:

  • paper and pen for writing
  • some string or thread
  • a couple of leaves (these can be from a tree or plant in your garden or a nearby green patch)
  • a couple of corn husks. No corn? Use a leaf from a vegetable such as lettuce, kale or cabbage.
  • a handful of fresh herbs and/or wheat sheaves (wild grasses would also be a good substitute). Fresh or dried thyme would be perfect as it is the herb representing courage. 

Craft a simple altar for your ritual, preferably outdoors but indoors is fine, adding:

  • candles to represent the Celtic God Lugh (gold or yellow) and the Goddess Áine (white or green)
  • a chalice (or glass) for your beverage, also representing the Mother goddess energy and abundance
  • something to eat  and drink such as a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine but change it up for your preferences. For instance, instead of bread, you could eat fresh vegetables, a piece of cake, caramel corn, a quick bread using fruits or vegetables such as zucchini, banana or corn, or a gluten-free item. Bread, however, can be used in an optional bit of spellcrafting afterward.  Instead of wine, you could have apple cider, beer, mead, herbal tea or fruit juice… or just plain water.
  • Optional:
    • Add items to represent the harvest, your craft work or bits of iron (for the God Lugh)
      • I will be adding two handcrafted corn husk dolls to mine, one representing the Earth Mother and the other representing Lugh
    • Some folks like to use an altar cloth in harvest colours of reds, oranges and yellow/gold, or a simple white to represent Grandmother Moon (and the Earth Mother) and Father Sun (Lugh)
    • Crystals, talismans or amulets that are special and sacred to you.

A Lughnasadh Ritual

Before you start the ritual itself, take some time to reflect on your Lughnasadh Soul Work and your Lughnasadh Soul Questions.

Harvest time gives us the opportunity to look at important areas of our life, such as abundance and gratitude (which we celebrate at harvest) and other endings and rebirth (harvest signifies the time of reaping but also starting a new period of fallow and rest followed rebirth and regrowth).

Create your own Soul Questions for your meditation or use these.

ABUNDANCE: Contemplate on the abundance in your life, from both the light side (gratitude, abundance, harvest, completion, prosperity, readiness for the long winter ahead, contentment) and the shadow side (greed, scarcity, drought, lack of completion, lack of resources, lack of planning for the long winter ahead, envy).

  • Where are you blessed with abundance?
  • Where, when and how have you shared your abundance?
  • Where do you most keenly feel scarcity, want or need? Why?
  • What can you do to shift any imbalances between the light and the shadow of abundance?

Ponder what changes you might need to make in order to live a life of gratitude and abundance, or to continue to do so, in alignment with your inner Self and your values.

COURAGE:  How does Courage manifest in your life? How do you know when you are being courageous?

  • Do you take a stand for your beliefs and values, even when it is not easy or convenient to do so?
  • Do you maintain strong boundaries for your Self or allow others to cross them… for whatever reason (to be “nice” or “polite”)
  • Do you follow you path… even when there is no one else walking with you?
  • Do you stand in your Authentic Self and allow others to see your challenges…. that you are not perfect?

REBIRTH: Contemplate on what in your life is coming to a close, and what is awaiting the energies of rebirth.

  • What lessons did you learn along the way?
  • What resources helped you on your path?
  • What new opportunities excite you and ignite your inner flame?

Optional: Take this deeper than a meditation by journeying with your guide(s), asking for their insight in what you might need to change, for their insights into what you may not be able to see. Thank them for their support when complete.

Once your meditation or journey is complete, note your thoughts into your journal. On a separate piece of paper, write what you are inviting into your life in the next year in terms of abundance and/or rebirth. On another piece of paper, create a simple blessing for the three harvests in the Wheel of Life – Lughnasadh, Autumn Equinox, and Samhain – for continued abundance and rebirth.

Begin the Ritual
Start by cleansing the space around your altar and your Self with a smudge, your Lughnasadh incense or by waving an evergreen or other greenery through the space. Be sure to ethically harvest the greenery: ask and obtain permission first and leave an offering of thanks such as a pinch of cornmeal, a flower or some sage (whatever is local for you).

If you have a ritual for creating Sacred Space, such as Calling in the Directions, do that now. Light your altar candles and your incense, if you haven’t yet done so. Then call on your guides, allies, and ancestors for support in your ritual.

Center yourself by getting comfortable, sitting or laying on the ground, and breathing deeply and slowly until you feel any tensions of the day ebb away. Drop into your Heart chakra as you continue to breathe deeply and slowly, and feel that connection to your own Inner Fire.

You may eat or drink your altar food and drink offerings during your meditation, when building your bundle or celebrating afterwards.

Reflect a moment on the invitation and the blessing / affirmation you created in your meditation. Hold them close to your Heart Chakra and breathe in their energy before voicing them aloud.

Create a small bundle with your corn husks (on the outside),  herbs (don’t forget the thyme for courage!), leaves, wheat or grasses. Insert your invitation and blessing papers.

As you tie up the bundle with string or thread, voice your Lughnasadh abundance blessing or use the one pictured below:

Find a place to return your bundle to Mother Earth, preferably near your altar or home. That could be as simple as burying in your garden, a window box or a local wild green patch.

Optional: If you prefer working with the Fire element, you could burn the bundle.

As you bury or burn your bundle, give thanks to the Earth Mother, the God Lugh and Goddess Áine – or whomever you work with – for their abundance and support.

TIP: If you have to leave the altar area to bury your bundle,
be sure to extinguish your candles first.

Complete the ritual by thanking your guides, allies, and ancestors for their support and protection, and safely extinguishing your candles (if you haven’t already done so. Close your sacred space with gratitude.

Magical Workings for Lughnasadh:  a Lammas Bread Protection Spell

Many call this celebration Lammas, which is a contraction of “loaf-mass” and is more of a Christian tradition… but definitely built on pagan harvest festival traditions.

After attending mass with their loaf of bread, to celebrate the harvest, folks took their loaf back to their garden, field or farm and offered a blessing for protection and future harvest abundance by burying one-quarter of the loaf into each of the four quarters of their land or barn.

Why not try it?

A Lammas Loaf could be a simple loaf of bread you have baked or purchased, or one you create in the image of a God or Goddess. Call on your Gods, Goddesses and other allies as you break the baked bread into four pieces with your hands.

As you bury the pieces in the four corners of your land (or home… garden….field) voice your blessing, either one you create yourself or this simple and traditional blessing:

I call on the Spirits of East, South, West and North; the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth; and the gods and goddess of the harvest.. Protect this place of home and hearth, of plants and animals, of those I love. So mote it be.

Blessed Be!


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(Wild)Craft a loose incense for Lughnasadh

Some of the herbs I foraged for this year’s Lughnasadh incense 

For your Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) rituals, consider crafting your own loose incense for burning in your altar cauldron or in an outdoor bonfire.

Scott Cunningham suggested this classic recipe in his 1986 book The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews:

  • 2 parts* Frankincense resin (see note on PARTS below)
  • 1 part Heather
  • 1 part Apple blossoms (or dried Apple pieces)
  • 1 pinch Blackberry leaves
  • a few drops Ambergris oil

Yes, Cunningham is an inspiration to many of us but I personally would not use ambergris oil (prepared from raw ambergris harvested from the ocean, this substance is secreted from the digestive system of sperm whales) but I like the idea of the other ingredients, so I adapted his recipe by substituting Cypress Essential Oil (Cupressus sempervirens) for the ambergris oil.

You could use any essential oil you have in the evergreen family, and add a couple of drops of Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin).

You could also customize Cunningham’s formulation by adding or substituting other local wildcrafted seasonal herbs such as yarrow and goldenrod, plants such as Sweet Annie (artemisia annua) and herbs (or essential oils) such as cinnamon bark (cinnamomum zeylanicum), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), coriander (coriandrum sativum) or basil (ocimum basilicum).

But with Lughnasadh being about the harvest and gratitude, why not wildcraft an incense using local plants and herbs ingredients… preferably foraged?

I found another formulation I like (The Lammas Rebirth Incense from Thoughtco) using many ingredients which I can easily find — with one exception! — so am slightly adapting it, as I cannot find Sweet Annie anywhere, and I’m all out of dried Apple blossoms! I will be substituting dried apple pieces instead, along with some foraged Wild Fennel. You’ll need:

  • 1 part basil
  • 1/2 part cinnamon bark (or cinnamon powder)
  • 1 part coriander (fresh / dried herbs if possible, rather than ground coriander which comes from the seeds)
  • 2 parts goldenrod
  • 1 part heather
  • 1/2 part rosemary
  • 2 parts Sweet Annie (you can use dried apple blossoms if you don’t have Sweet Annie)
  • 1 part yarrow

When using picking the wild elements — goldenrod, heather, Sweet Annie, yarrow, etc — use your preferred combination of their flowers, leaves, and stalks. Allow them to wilt before chopping or throw in a dehydrator (or oven… watch carefully!) for a couple of hours on lowest heat.

Preparation for a Beltaine loose incense 

* A NOTE ABOUT PARTS
Measuring in parts allows you to scale a recipe up or down quite easily, simply by choosing your preferred measuring device such as measuring spoons, cups, grams, shot glasses or even egg cups!

For instance, in these formulations, you could use 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon to equal 1 part. If you really liked the finished incense, it, you could scale up so that 1 part = 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 30 grams, etc.

The Parts method provides consistency when scaling and measuring and is sometimes referred to as the “simpler’s method” and “common sense measurement”. Unlike baking, the measurements for incense do not need to be extremely precise. Your can let your intuition guide you.

And by finely chopping or grinding all ingredients, your outcome each time will be fairly consistent.

PREPARATION METHOD
Think about your Lughnasadh Soul Work while you prepare your herbs. Let your thoughts of gratitude infuse your herbs with their positive vibrations. Invite in your mentors, allies, guides, and Ancestors for their support and energy… and magick!

Remember, everything can be Ritual!

Crush all the dry ingredients first with a mortar and pestle (or chop very finely with a sharp knife) and then add any essential oils until blended to your liking. Check the blend intuitively, and add a bit more of whatever your heart says the blend needs.

Store in a sealed glass jar. Label with your ingredients — and the date — so you can make it again. Use a lit charcoal disk (I like bamboo, as it’s more Eco-friendly) to burn this incense at your altar or toss a handful into a bonfire.


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Coeur-age My Love: First Quarter Moon in Scorpio

There is something of beauty about the First Quarter Moon, hanging in the south-western sky in early evening just above the horizon, finally setting just past the Midnight hour. Tonight, LaLuna forms a triangle with the planet Jupiter (in the constellation Virgo) shining brightly to its right (West), with Arcturus above them both, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, in the constellation Boötes, The Herdsman.

I love to see the light of distant stars, knowing we are looking into their distant past… and that some of them may now look very different, or have disappeared entirely.

It is pure magick for me to get out of the city and look up, watching the rotation of the night sky… the wandering planets… shooting stars… the streak of the Milky Way. And what an experience it was to travel south of the Equator for the first time, looking up into the night sky from the Andes Mountains in Peru … and seeing a sky that looked so very different!

My journey with Father Sky began with star-gazing at the night sky, with my father… captivated by his stories of the constellations and the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Heroines and magical creatures captured in the stars and planets.

And now these Gods and Goddesses have a deeper meaning for me… they are my inspiration, my support, my mentors and more.

⭐️ STAR MEDICINE ⭐️
Take some time this month to get more familiar with the night sky… observing the Moon as it rises and sets later each day… watching it rising at sunset at the Full Moon (a perfect time for the Drawing Down The Moon Ritual!)… until it fades from view at the Dark Moon. Feel that connection to LaLuna, Grandmother Moon. Get reacquainted with the constellations — and their stories — in YOUR night sky.

And for those who love to make a wish on a shooting star… you'll be delighted by the arrival of the Perseid meteor showers in August! So many stars, so many wishes! The Perseids peak the night of August 12th, through to the early hours of the next morning. These can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, travelling from the north-east sky near the constellation Perseus. And because the Moon will be in her Waning Gibbous phase (between the Full Moon and the Third Quarter, so quite brightly illuminated), it may be easier to see the shooting stars before the moonrise in the East at roughly 11 PM.

🌓 MOON ENERGIES 🌗
You began the journey in the darkness of the New Moon. You set your goals and defined your actions, your steps for manifesting those goals, by the Waxing Crescent, and now you're on the outbound journey, tapping into the rising Waxing energy… and maybe "freaking out" just a little. Suddenly it's all real! You're doing this! Old fears may surface, old doubts.

But take a moment to breathe. The crisis point that is the Quarter Moon is toying with you once again, especially with its intense Scorpio energy which may allow negative energies to rise… but also one's sensuality and emotions. Tact and discretion may fly out the window, but breathe in that intensity and use it FOR you.

So, you got this. You can handle whatever this Scorpio First Quarter Moon throws your way. Why? Because you are The Maiden, strong and fearless, stepping into your power and are responsible for your Self only. You are Brighid, Artemis, and Persephone.

🌀SOUL WORK 🌀
Allow the energies of First Quarter — East, Air, Abundance — to inspire and motivate you as you review your journey thus far by asking the question "What is flourishing?", and not just for this month but for the year so far.

With Lughnasadh celebrations starting at sunset on July 31st, this is the perfect time to reflect on what has flourished in your life this year …. what metaphorical harvests you are reaping… and to determine your plans for the harvest period between Lughnasadh and Samhain on November 1st.

It is a time for gratitude for what is flourishing and abundant in your life, and for all who have supported you, loved you, taught you, mentored you.

❤️Coeur-age, my love ❤️


Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
First Quarter Moon in Scorpio
Arrived July 30th @ 8:23 AM Pacific Time (15:23 UTC)
Moonrise @ 2:05 PM PT, Moonset @ 2:13 AM PT
Moon Mansions:
Al-Iklil, 17, until 10:12 AM PT (Essence: Friendship)
Al-Qalb, 18, from 10:13 AM PT (Essence: Defence.)
Theme for this Lunar Journey: Coeur-ageous transformation


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