I wanted to share this with you last week but life happens – I wake up each morning and do my usual morning ritual: Stumble out of bed, walk into the bathroom to piddle, start the shower and gather my towels. Once the shower is over, I wake my boys up, and prepare for my day. I am grateful to say that my mornings are fairly boring; which I welcome with open arms. As someone who used to be a major morning person, I have found I have formed a deep and loving relationship with my bed, and with a husband now next to me, it makes my sleep-time much more enjoyable. But I digress…
So, I walked into my shower a few mornings ago and started my usual routine until I opened my eyes and started looking around. Nothing seemed out of place, yet it looked different. I closed my eyes to focus on the fact I just woke up, and opened my eyes again. Yup, the lighting was different. But, why? I looked out of my shower curtain and noticed nothing different, but it sure felt different. I took a deep breath to try to recognize why I was feeling different this morning and then it occurred to me: The Wheel was turning, and I was actually FEELING it.
I follow the Wheel of the Year. I observe 8 Holidays that line with the Seasons we all know as Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Within those 4 Seasons, we have Cross-Quarter Holidays, which to everyone else are the Solstices and Equinoxes. In some cultures, people that follow this belief system are in the ranks of these “Religious” groups: Pagan, Wiccan, Witch, Neo-Pagan, Shaman, Druid, Celtic Reconstructionist, and so on….So, what am I? Some people claim I am a Witch. Others say I am Pagan. Others say a Druid. The truth is, I could be considered all of these things. But I also hold deep my Catholic faith, my Native American Shamanic philosophies, and Buddhist teachings that I have learned over my Spiritual Journey of 20 years. Why do you have to label me? I’m just…Bridget.
Okay, we savvy? I’m not bringing this up again. It’s here for the world to see, and if you want no part of my life, let’s move on. When I spoke to my sister last week, she gave me some truly humbling advice on what I put out there on the Internet. And she was right big time on one thing: In a way, I am waiting for a reaction. But mainly because that’s all I ever get, so it’s almost an expectation I have. Which I need to not worry about anymore. As I told her, I don’t want to fight. I just want to love. And be happy. And love some more. That’s all I want to do for those around me. If those who dislike or not understand my path can at least accept this, we can lovingly agree to disagree on our philosophies, and just continue to love each other. Moving on…
Right now, the Wheel is turning to the next Season. And I felt it big time last week. The air felt…crisper. The lighting in my bathroom seemed…darker. Even though there are no windows in my bathroom, for some reason I can always tell if its day or night in there. Call it a psychic link between me and Father Time Hahaha!
We have had the air conditioner on at full blast the last few nights, because the sweltering heat and humidity has been just too much to handle. Amazing how that can change overnight! Sure, it is easy to say, “well, a cold front passed and now it’s just a little cooler, but it’s still summer!” Well, yes, you are quite right! But to me, Summer is almost over. In 4 days, I will be preparing my Autumn clean up list, getting out the Autumn decorations out, and beginning to stage the upcoming cooler months. Yes, I know. August and its “dog days”, can be extremely hot and humid, but I would love to debate anyone that doesn’t feel SOME sense of change in the air during this time of year…And in saying that…
The Feast of Lammas is upon us!
Wait, what? What is this silly Hobbit talking about? Going off on a tangent again, I guess….ah, I hear the remarks more than you think. But since I’m nice and wide open and really and truly not giving a shit about what others think of me, I wanted to go into a new series installment called The Wheel of the Year. Really, I should start this on the New Year, but we’re here, so why not?
Lammas is also called Lughnasadh. (pronounced Loo Nah Sah). It is a Celtic Sabbat/Holiday that begins the first of the 3 major Harvest Festivals. Oh, by the way, I wanted to educate those who say Celtic wrong. Celtic is pronounced *KELL-TICK*. NOT *Sell-Tick*. Okay, I admit, that rubs me the wrong way in so many ways. Its like someone called the Amish with the pronunciation *AY-MISH* or Italian like *EYE-TAL-YUN*. To me, it’s a bit insulting, and it can truly drive many enthusiasts like myself, mental. For some reason, many sports teams that have the word Celtic pronounce it Sell-tick, but I can assure you, the proper right way to say it is how I mentioned it above. Okay, moving on….
Lammas! Ohhhh I how love me some Harvest holidays! It’s probably one of the reasons why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays! There is something about the word “comfort” that drives all of us to find our own sense of the word. For me, comfort means my home. It means all the stuff I love around me. It means listening to music I love, smelling aromatic candles, drinking an amazing tea, reading a good book, a nice casserole in the oven, my husband and children around me. That’s comfort. Comfort is a rainy day in the autumn, when you wake up and realize you don’t want to get out of your pajamas. And you don’t. Whoever said you have to get up every morning and get dressed like in your Sunday best everyday is for the birds! People are going to accept you, whether you have makeup on, or going au natural.
Comfort is taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon on that said rainy day, smelling the rain and feeling the cool air coming in. I love days like that. But comfort is different for each person. What is your form of comfort? Think about it and write a list out. When you realize what things make you feel comforting, then do what you can to make it happen!
Lammas is the beginning of the Harvest. The first seeds planted in Spring are now ready to be picked of their ripened fruit. Many will start to see the hay barrels in the fields from farmers picking their crops. This is a good time to start thinking about what you are going to plant in the Autumn for next year! Spring bulbs may be on sale in grocery stores or produce markets, so this is a great time to make a list of what you want to see pop up in Spring of next year!
August 1st is the Feast Day of the Celtic Deity, Lugh (hence the name Lughnasadh). Lugh was revered by many of the man who sacrified himself to give people the comfort of a good harvest. He was in ancient times known as the Corn God. Understandably why corn is usually harvested this time of year. Nevertheless, this is a time of turning inward. Just the beginning of it, though. We are still in the throes of hot and humid weather, with lots of sunny days and warm nights ahead of us. But the air is changing, and many can feel it right now. Some associate it with the beginning of school, and whatever you need to do to understand why we are in the process of a season change, go with what feels good.
Right now, in my home, we are continuing our path to organization. I promised myself come hell or high water we were going to get this apartment situated for living. Living with people who have a hard time purging old things, it can get pretty crowded in here quickly. So, my daily talks about how good we feel when we are uncluttered I am hoping are getting into their heads! I started lighting some fall candles, and it just feels right to do this now. I love going to places like AC Moore and looking at all the Autumn/Halloween goodies that are already out on display. I love planning on how I’m going to decorate this year. I think its good to change it up every year. It always gives off a fresh energy when you change things around, even with decor that only stays up a few weeks.
If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming season and how you can incorporate rituals in your life to make yourself more spiritually grounded with our Earth, keep coming back here, as I will have different ideas you can do to make this next season inspiring and fun! Autumn is always easy, because there is SO much to do! But remember: do what makes YOU feel good, instead of what everyone else is telling you how things should be. You will be surprised how good it feels when you walk into this next Season doing things YOU love to do!
Love, Peace and Macaroni and Cheese,