Thank you for the grace and peace and freshness of yesterday morning’s rain
Freshness of mind
Freshness of heart
Freshness of soul
Stay with me this day and this night.
I ask the powers of the nine trees
For protection this day
Flexibility of Palm
Protection of Redwood
Eternity of Oak
Peacefulness of Sycamore
Inspiration of Alder
Freedom of Aspen
Seeking of Cottonwood
Resistance to evil from Locust
Healing of Eucalyptus
Nine trees around me to protect and guide me
This morning and evening until the new light.
Lammas/Lughnassad/Loafmas is one of my favourite sabbats. My coven always has a backyard bbq and some times we have baked bread/challah during ritual. Preparing the food and eating together and giving thanks and cleaning up has been the sum total of the ritual and for some reason it’s the most fun.
Sometimes we have started with a morning trip to the Saturday farmer’s market to choose the table decorations and food for the ritual.
When we are making the bread we all take turns kneading it and directing our thanks and good wishes into the bread we will all eat together during the meal. Lammas as the first of the three harvest sabbats was traditionally dedicated to the first grain harvest just like Samhain is for root vegetables, nuts and animals that were culled so as not to have to be cared for during winter.
We spend time in the kitchen slicing vegetables and marinading whatever is to go on the fire.
We cast a circle around the bbq to cook our various offering since some are vegetarians and some are not.
When all is ready we feast! We talk about what is happening in our lives. We give thanks for what we have been given that year. We enjoy each other’s company.
Lammas is probably the least stressful of all the sabbats when it comes to celebrating. We like to eat and we all enjoy putting the meal together and eating, even doing the dishes together is fun.
Patience and prudence are the keywords here, although trust plays a large part in the process of crossing to the island where insights into your own unconscious workings will be revealed.
This process differs from The Hermit’s journey in the fact that The Hermit makes a conscious decision to withdraw and contemplate the universe but with Reflection a surrender of will is required.
Insights may come from dreams and meditations, but now is not the time to force the pace or drive on with a plan or desire until you have heard what your soul has to say about it and your bruised and wounded spirit has been healed. Be patient. Let the journey commence and awaken afresh and full of energy ready to deal with the world and the challenges it raises.
When the foundation of one’s life seems to have collapsed beneath you, you can seek sanctuary in Reflection from the emotional intensity of The Blasted Oak.
Reflection is concerned with sacred mysteries… In a reading this card indicates profound healing, a period of introspection, healing, immersion in myths and visions, stellar lore, conception, learning about yourself.
Nothing to this tarot stuff. Wondered when this card would show seeing how many hearts are breaking.