On the eighth night of Yule, I look ahead to the eighth month of the year.
In August we celebrate Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, which marks the beginning of autumn and the first harvest of the season. It’s customary to celebrate with grain & gratitude by baking Lammas bread and sharing it with the ones you love.
On this quiet day, I sit outside amongst the buzzing bees and chirping birds, enjoying my own version of cakes & ale with nature. My cakes are these cute little whole grain cookies from Dick & Jane Baking Co. They have pictures imprinted on them with both their English and Spanish translations.
I chose three cookies- snow to signify myself, corn to symbolize Lammas and money to represent what I’d like to harvest this year. My ale was a warm chai tea latte fragrant with cinnamon, ginger and clove- all wonderful prosperity spices.
Lammas is the time to consider what else I’d like to harvest in my life. After all, to harvest is to reap the benefits of the work we’ve done during the spring and summer, not just physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well.
What knowledge can I harvest?
What new things have I learned this year and how can I start utilizing it?
What skill of mine still needs ripening?
What emotional growth can I celebrate?
What spiritual and magickal workings have culminated into fruition?
In what ways can I share my abundance?
The wheel of the year is already turning forward towards spring and the opportunity for all kinds of growth is abundant. Eight months from now when it’s time for your spiritual reaping, what would you like to see yourself harvesting?
The Snow Orchid Witch