LughnasadhLughnasadh blessings to my friends in the southern hemisphere…

As the Wheel turns from summer to autumn (although it’s taking its sweet time!), what are you grateful for? This is the time of the first harvest, traditionally a day of feasting and thanksgiving for the life-giving properties of the grain, and a recognition of the cycle of sowing and reaping of the crops – and, perhaps most importantly today, it’s a celebration of the symbolic things you grow and create in your life.

What did you sow the seeds of in the spring? What have you been working on over the past month, the past season, the past year?

Since I published the Into the Mists Trilogy and Journal last May, I’ve been working on three Into the Mists Chronicles, and I’m excited that they are coming to fruition, with one very close to publication, and the other two due this year. I’m also working on the audiobooks for the Into the Mists Trilogy, with a wonderful English narrator, and I am so grateful that we connected, and that she loves and understands the books, and is bringing them to life with such passion.

On this day of gratitude and thanksgiving, I am grateful for my love-filled life, and all the blessings I have – a sweet and loving hubby, close family and supportive friends, clean water, good food, good health, a cute little apartment with a huge park across the road, a job that pays the bills – although that comes to an end in eight weeks, opening a door to new and exciting opportunities – the right to choose, the right to vote, the right to an education, access to health care and (for the most part) equality…

Globally life is a little crazy right now, but I am grateful that people are starting to stand up and speak out on what is important to them, what must be cherished and valued and fought for. And I am grateful that for all the destruction in the world, there are people working so hard to help, in so many ways.

In the spirit of Lughnasadh, this month I’ve made a donation to Oz Harvest, the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia. Their volunteers collect quality excess food from commercial outlets and deliver it, free of charge, to homeless shelters, women’s and men’s refuges, youth groups, indigenous centres and more. I love that it helps people in need while also cutting down on wastage – the amount of good food thrown out while people go hungry makes me cry in frustration. Just $10 will allow twenty meals to be delivered to hungry Australians, and $20 will provide three meals a day to a person in need for up to two weeks.

I also made my twenty-seventh loan via Kiva, which makes loans to people in developing nations so they can start their own business – a food stall, an internet cafe, a taxi, sewing or farming business – and become self sufficient, breaking the cycle of aid dependence and empowering them to take control of their own lives…

Here are a few Lughnasadh recipes if you’re looking for inspiration…

 

Imbolc SabbatAnd to my friends in the north, a magical Imbolc to you, as the Wheel turns from the cold and dark and snow of winter to the first signs of spring. Energetically it’s a time of awakening, rebirth and re-emergence. Nature fills with life force and begins to quiver with the energy to grow again, and we start to emerge from the chill of winter, shaking off our lack of motivation and re-engaging with the world, making it a great day to sow the seeds of what you want to achieve in the coming year. Meditate on your goals and what you hope to achieve, and get clear on the steps you’ll need to take to get there. Imbolc is about new beginnings, and in some magical traditions it is the day chosen for initiations and rededications, so if you want to make a pledge to a new path or a new goal, or a personal vow of any kind, you will be supported by the energy of the season.

Physically it’s a time of purification and cleansing after the long dark of winter, so clean your house and clear your space, sweeping out old energy and thoughts so the new can thrive. And you may like to ignite a candle to represent the coming back of the light and do some candle magic. Stare into the flame as you concentrate on what you want, then blow it out, sending your desire out to the universe. Making a wish as you blow out the candles on your birthday cake is a magic that has survived from pagan times, and is a potent way to manifest your wishes into reality, whatever day it is. Just don’t forget you have to work to make your dreams come true…

And here are a few Imbolc recipes for you 🙂 xx