Wow!  I've really slipped on updating this blog!  It's been over 2 years since I even accessed my website.  I guess sometimes life really does get in the way! 

With Lughnasadh quickly approaching, I suppose it is only fitting to let go of the regrets of not keeping up with my website!

Lughnasadh (named after the Irish deity Lugh) is the first of three Harvest Sabbats.  It is the festival of regrets and farewells.  As the Sun God is waning, the Goddess is abundant and brings forth the harvest to get us through the winter.  Even as the Sun God wanes, He lives on inside the Goddess as Her child.

"Lughnasadh, also known as August Eve, Feast of Bread, Harvest Home and Lammas wasn't necessarily observed on this day; it originally coincided with the first reapings.  As summer passes, Wiccans remember its warmth and bounty in the food we eat.  Every meal is an act of attunement with nature, and we are reminded that nothing in the universe is constant." - Scott Cunningham, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner

Take this time honor all that nature has given us and all we have to be grateful for. 

So, I'm talking to my husband on the phone today while he is at work and he tells me that he is tired of it snowing and he wishes someone would tell Mother Nature that it's not supposed to be snowing here in Virginia.  Then he says "Hey you can do a Wiccan Ritual to make the snow go away."  Hmmm...sure i could ask the Goddess to rid us of these snowy days and bring on the Spring, but I won't.  Although, I would like to have some warmer weather, I've learned that Nature has it's own rythym.  So, I decided that instead of wishing this winter weather away, I would look into the best ways to celebrate and appreciate these snowy days.  How can magick be best used during this time of the year? 

Winter symbolizes the rebirth of the Sun God.  This time of year, after Imbolc, symbolizes the time of the Goddess' recovery from the birth of the God.  I take this snowy weather as an opportunity to continue to recover from the holiday season.  A time to regroup and start anew.  A time to make plans for the coming Spring celebration of Ostara.  This is a great time if you are going to grow your own magickal garden, to plant those seeds indoors and nuture them until the earth is warmed by the increased presence of the God. 

I suppose my point is not to rush Nature.  She does all things in her own time.  So sit back and relax, enjoy these snowy days when you have a good excuse to curl up with a good book or spend quality time with your family.