and open to Her Wisdom."
Light the Lammas fires at sundown.
2nd Day of the 9th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Coll/Hazel
22nd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Tinne/Holly
2nd day of the Cycle of Lughnasadh -
Days of Lugh
Moon Phase: waxing New Moon
Moon rises: 7:19AM EDST
Moon sets: 8:17PM EDST
Moon in the Fixed Fire Sign of Leo
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The messages
of your body.
Sun in Leo
Sunrise: 6:16AM EDST
Sunset: 8:37PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Which of
your neglected friends would most enjoy
hearing from you?"
Beltane (Calan Mai) Quarter
of the Year
July 31st, 2011
Sun Day - the Day of Intent, Creation and Renewal ...... There are Major magickal energies for rites of Ambition and Success.
Not only is this the festival of the first of the three harvest feasts, but it is also the feast of the Sacrifical King.......
There are many things which can be symbolically 'slain' at this time: a harvest loaf, which can broken up, or a Corn King which can have stalks, or bunches of stalks, removed until he is no more. If you are working alone, a gold candle can take the place of a more complex sacrifice. As with all the Sabbats it is important to reflect balance in your Rites, so you should also make an offering wine in thanks to the Old Gods and the Land.
If it is at all possible, perform your Rites outside. Start by thinking of all the things that have been given to you in the past season, and for each take a part of your sacrificial 'victim' and say "I give thanks to the Old Gods for ....... (name it), Blessed Be." If there is a group of you, take it in turns. Where you are using a candle, it may be as well to place a pin into the candle for each, so that as it burns they fall away one by one. When the victim is dismembered, or all the pins have dropped, make your offering: Hold the wine up and say, "I give thanks to the Old Gods who bring life and light, death and rest, rebirth and renewal. May they accept this offering. Blessed Be." Take a sip of the wine and the pour the rest onto the ground, remain and meditate for a short while.
[From The Real Witches' Year by Kate West]
Lughnasadh altar to celebrate the harvest
The Goddess Brigid on the left, Herne the Hunter on the right, candles, crystals and nature's bounty.
"Lammas Eve do court success.
if it's your goal and you confess,
then weave a spell with great finesse,
and you may find that you are blessed."
[From Seasons of the Witch datebook for 2011]