Divination Techniques & Tools, Soul Work

Lion’s Gate 8:8 Portal

This year (2019), the Sun entered Leo on July 23rd and we began tuning into the 8:8 Lion's Gate power portal which peaks on 8/8/2019 and ends (closes) when the Sun moves into Virgo on August 23rd.  You may see various dates for when the portal opens and closes, but all agree that the peak… Continue reading Lion’s Gate 8:8 Portal

Wheel of the Year

Blessings on “true” Lughnasadh and Imbolc

For those who celebrate Lughnasadh (Northern Hemisphere) and Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere) on the “true” day (i.e. the precise mid-point between the June Solstice and the September Equinox), today’s the day!  That mid-point arrived at 11:52 UTC August 7. I love celebrating on the traditional day (August 1st) as well as the “true” day, and others choose… Continue reading Blessings on “true” Lughnasadh and Imbolc

Wheel of the Year

The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh

  On this cross-quarter day, Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere and Lughnasadh in the Southern Hemisphere, consider the commonality of these two festivals and how they might complement each other with their Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine aspects. For instance, the Celtic patrons of these celebrations — the goddess Brighid for Imbolc, and the god… Continue reading The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh

Wheel of the Year

Lughnasadh and Pachamama Raymi Blessings

Blessings to Mama Earth on Lughnasadh, Imbolc and Pachamama Raymi Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the first of the three harvest festivals: Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nah-suh), also known as Lammas. In the Celtic (and Neopagan) Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not just one Autumn Festival but three:  the First Harvest (aka First Fruit)… Continue reading Lughnasadh and Pachamama Raymi Blessings

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

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. Each year at Lughnasadh, I… Continue reading Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

(Wild)Craft a loose incense for Lughnasadh

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… Continue reading (Wild)Craft a loose incense for Lughnasadh

Lunar Cycles

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… Continue reading Coeur-age My Love: First Quarter Moon in Scorpio