The keynote of this season of the Wheel of the Year,
Lughnasadh or Lammas, is Harvesting – harvesting our successes of the
year, as well as our failures.
At this time, the truth can be known to us as to
whether we planned, sowed, watered and fertilized, removed the rocks –
the obstacles – tended, and continued working on each of the fields of
our lives in good fashion. For, barring disasters, such as a
drought or other unexpected life events, which can and do affect each
of us, if we live on the Wheel of the Year, doing all things in their
proper time, we should "reap what we sow".
Of course, we cannot and should not, try to control
the free will of others, who will sometimes throw boulders in our
way. But we can cope with unexpected changes in our lives, with
minimal possible damage to ourselves, by remembering that everything in
the Universe is bound to the cycles of birth, growth, life, death (or
endings) and transformation to new life. Sometimes the things we
perceive as boulders turn out to be strawberry shortcake!
Sometimes the Universe recognizes that we need to open up the
windows and let some fresh air in. Even relationships that we
decide to keep in our lives, come next Samhain, (for instance that boss
or job) should have been settled into something worth keeping after our
efforts to balance that relationship by the time of our waning out of
Mabon (the Autumn Equinox). You see how this works?
It is my firmly held belief that the Grain Harvest
must have been the very first community celebration ever shared by our
common Ancestors. I can picture my same Neanderthal tribe (*see
my article on the History of Chanting
feasting and celebrating the plentiful growth of the emmer wheat,
herbs, wild barley and berries of this summer's cycle. They know
that this means that the beasts will live through the coming cold, and
so then too will their children. They have gathered all
that they can stow and carry with them when they seek warmer shelter.
I can see a great fire around which their hunters, gatherers,
mothers, grandparents and children sit to share the abundance.
For, what else on Earth would cause better reason for feasting and
By the time of the previous spoke of the Wheel of
the Year, at the Summer Solstice, we should have been able to see just
what kind of crops we were bearing. All the crops are up by that
time of year. Were some of our fields deficient? Had we
planted too little in one field, ignoring it for the sake of others?
Had we planted too much in one field, thereby ignoring or
abandoning the others? And when and if we saw these things
happening did we forget to thin out that field? Had we ignored
the telltale signs of issues in some of our fields, perhaps in our
relationship fields, maybe in favor of our jobs or careers? If
any of these things were the case, then by the Summer Solstice we could
see what was happening. Hopefully we remembered to take the time
to truly look at our lives and take corrective action. If we did
see some issues then it was not too late to plant another crop.
However, it would not be the same crop as we were able to plant
in the early spring – yet, still one that could bring a good harvest
late in the fall. If our inattentiveness was in the field of our
relationships, there was still time to correct situations before the
Autumn Equinox, at the year's second opportunity to balance
relationships. But as we are learning to live on the Wheel of the
Year, perhaps we will see a good Harvest of all the plans we made back
at the time of the returning light, at Imbolc. If so, I offer my
sincerest of congratulations. If not, then we have the
opportunity for the harvest of essential lessons learned in pursuit of
effectively living on “The Wheel of the Year”.
With most of us there will be successes and failures
throughout our lives. My wish for you – and for me – is that our
each year that rolls by will become more and more aligned with the
tides of "Great Nature", and that the Mother of all – our God/ess –
will bless us with the greatest Harvests, those of love, good health,
Also read my article on the Grain & Herb Harvest at my author site RowenaWhaling.com
for even more information!
Have a great and fun Harvest
Celebration! "Merry we meet, and merry we part, and and merry we
Godspeed and Goddess Bless, Rowena