• First Harvest

    Lammas, or Lughnasadh, has come and gone.  Here in western Maine Lammas is a very appropriate holiday for the season.  Strawberries were previously harvested, blueberries and blackberries are currently being picked, and many items from the garden have already been partaken of.

    We’ve been experiencing a bit of a drought and it’s been interesting to explore water-harvesting techniques.

    My word…I just realized how many times I used the term “harvest.”  Well there.   For some, in other parts of the country or the world, the idea of First Harvest may not exactly correspond with their weather/season.  Here, it does.

    The days are shortening, and though we still have times of high heat, the weather is slowly starting to shift.  We ask that rains come to nourish our plants and to fill our wells.  Nights are becoming more comfortable, and sitting around a bonfire is a pleasure rather than a sauna-experience.

     

    A blessed Harvest-season to all….whatever your “crop” may be   🙂


  • A summer prayer

    A blessed Solstice to all!

    May your life be filled with warmth and light.  May your heart be filled with laughter and joy.  May you find magic in moon-filled nights, the twinkling of firefly light, and the beautiful colors of the land around you.

    Wherever you may be, and whatever has been happening to you….I hope that you can find a piece of joy, a moment of relief, a breath of air, community, and healing.  May the sun’s light embrace and hold you safe.


  • Beltane

    Ah Beltane….that wonderful time of the season.   When the trees are budding and many spring flowers have spread their petals wide.

    The soil has been tilled, and the seeds started, with the hopes for summer crops to come.

    For some it is a time of shared connection, of couples and community.  For others it is a deepening between the Solitary and the land itself.  A closeness, a connection, and the digging of spiritual roots deep into the earth.

    May you find sustenance.  If lonely, may you find connection.  May you drink in the sun and the rain, and be filled with a vibrancy that lifts you, fills your world with color, and helps you fly on winds of magic and delight.

     

    ~K~

    p.s   Additional thoughts regarding the season of Beltane.  Not everyone has a partner or community in which to celebrate this holiday, which can increase a sense of loneliness and isolation.  John Beckett recently addressed this in a Patheos article  titled   Beltane – a Solitary ritual.