The days will continue to grow shorter and the nights longer from here. Fields swelling with crops will be harvested and I will give thanks to the sun and the earth for not only the bounty of food they have provided, but for all of the wonderful things that abound in my life. At this point each summer I'm worn out and grouchy from the heat so I spend Lughnasadh reflecting on the things I am thankful for and offer up thanks to Lugh for all of the skills that I am blessed with. I take this time to remind me to cut myself some slack when it comes to my art and to take a break from being my biggest critic.
I'm also completely, overly, ridiculously elated that Autumn is approaching. The signs of it are beginning to creep up around my home in the form of sunflowers, harvest colored altar cloths, grinning scarecrows and pumpkins... I am craving warm apple cider and the scent of musty dead leaves. Visions of pumpkin pies and caramel apples are dancing through my head. I am tempted to wear my Autumn jacket, but know that it will be nearly 100° everyday for quite a while still. For now, I'll settle for some salad with pumpkin seeds and some savory cheddar scones.
A very blessed Lughnasadh to you all!