The year is starting to go by quickly, although after a long work week, it may seem like the days are passing slowly. As we approach Lughnasadh (also known as Lammas) on August 1, which is the first of the harvest holidays on the Pagan calendar, we can look back at what we can begin to reap and harvest.
What are you getting ready to harvest?
If you’ve been working hard this year, are you starting to see anything pay off or show reward? I like to think of the sabbats and cross-quarter days as “checkpoints” to see how far I’ve come during the year, what else that needs to be done and if any goals have been reached that I set out at the beginning of the year.
The sabbats and cross-quarters can set the tone and theme for these goals and what aspects that we should focus on about these goals.
Looking at this coming Lughnasadh, I can look back at what I’ve done since the beginning of the year. This year has had some major changes for myself and although I had hoped for some of these changes to happen in the springtime, it just wasn’t working out like that. (I’m talking to you, Mercury retrograde.) But, now that Lughnasadh is approaching, I can finally see some of it starting to manifest.
Although, this is a time for starting to reap what we’ve sown over the last few months since the springtime, we can also think about what else can be harvested over the next three months.
This can be just the beginning stages to see what is being reaped and until Samhain there is still more work to be done.
A Busy Time of Year
When I lived in Iceland, I noticed that the farmers worked the hardest and the longest hours in the autumn season. The sheep farmers gather their flock from the mountains and round them up in a large pen to organise and claim their sheep. Townspeople come to the local farm area to watch and be a part of it. This is the time of year that the farmers work diligently to produce meat, sheepskin and wool. They prepare their fields for the long winter months. Winter in Iceland starts technically in October and doesn’t end until April. The days begin to get shorter as the midnight sun begins to diminish; this is also the time of year that certain plants are sown so that they can grow in the springtime.
What do you hope to germinate over the winter months and have ready come early next year?
Although the autumn is a busy time of year for harvesting what we have done in the earlier months, we can also start to look at the future months and see what we want to plant now in hopes for the spring time.
Naturally, we begin to slow down in the winter months starting in the early fall season. The sun starts to rise later and set sooner, there’s soon a chill in the air and the leaves start to change beautiful colours. As everything slowly begins to wither and go to sleep, we can plant what we hope to grow and that it can be insulated from the cold and protected until the warmth of the sun in early spring begins to awaken it.
The Wheel Turns Again
The autumn months can be busy as we take stock of what we can harvest from our work this year and what more that needs to be done before the end of the year (or until Samhain). As much as we may be reaping benefits from our work, there is likely more to be done.
Although the daylight is getting shorter, we can work consistently throughout the next three months and check-in with ourselves at Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) and then Samhain to see how we’re doing. There’s something about the autumn season that many of us get back into routines and schedules and really get down to work before winter fully arrives.
All the hard work from earlier in the year may start to see some reward and we can see what else we want to work on or improve.
I look forward to the coming months as I have a lot planned for the next few months and that autumn is my favourite time of year. Although it stills feel like summer in many places and not at all like autumn, soon enough we’ll see the first few leaves changing colour, some of us will be back to school or work after vacation and the geese will be flying south.
Hope everyone had a great weekend, has a magickal Lughnasadh/Lammas and August!
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