Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Merry Lughnasadh



We've spent the Spring and Summer celebrating life and birth, now though, the wheel spins into the darker times and the harvest season is upon us. The fields, gardens and orchards have grown from the things we had sown in the spring - the bounty has come in and it is the reaping time. Now, as the nights grow cooler and the days grow ever shorter, we begin the season of dying and eventually, rebirth.

At this harvest, I honor the God as I honored the Goddess at Imbolc. Not just Lugh, though he is a patron of mine, but the lord of the forests and wild things as well. As we move into the darkness, it is his strength that I seek solace in. It is his wild, unruly nature that kindles the spark of restlessness and excitement that ignites come Autumn each year.

And it's already starting; a buzzing in my brain and a restlessness in my heart and body. The urge to just run, to meander the forests, to splash in the rocky rivers and climb mountains. A craving for ale and meat that leaves me during the hot summer months. Then too, comes the longing for crisp starlit nights and crunchy leaves underfoot, for pumpkins and bonfires surrounded by friends.

But for now, Autumn is only just beginning to creep in with the harvest. And while my own harvest is quite meager this year, due to the massive heat and a bad bought of worms infesting the cucumbers and squashes, I am appreciative all the same. I give thanks to the Earth and the sun, the wind and the rains for the harvest that I have managed to gather. I'm reflecting on the things I planted and started when the first vestiges of Spring appeared and taking stock of the things that have flourished or that simply continued to bloom this summer. In both the literal and figurative gardens of my life.

I wish you all a very merry Lughnasadh. May your harvest be plentiful and your home and table filled with abundance, joy, friendship and love.

13 comments:

  1. Wonderful post sweetie and I love your painting. Merry Lughnasadh to you and yours!

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  2. Well said and the wild God is powerful in your painting. Blessings, Oma Linda

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  3. Fantastic painting, primal and glorious! Blessed Lughnasadh to you!! Hugs.

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  4. with two crazy little imps hooning about in my life now I find less time to ponder the pagan path I love and hear the calling from so reading your posts gives me a gentle reminder and keeps me somewhat more conscious of it all, thank you for sharing x

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  5. He is magnificent. There is no other way of putting. Simply perfect. Hm, I guess I found another way of putting it, huh? I love the fire, the balance and the bounty.

    Happy First Harvest.

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  6. Happy Lughnasadh! Your stag-god is gorgeous! Run out where the wild things are - heed the call! Happy harvest!

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  7. Beautiful painting. Happy Lughnassadh! :)

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  8. I know it's a day late, but may your bounty keep increasing and may all your gratitude shine back on you, Danni. Love the Wild Horned One art!

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  9. I love your horned one. :) Your artwork is very good. Happy Lughnassadh.

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  10. beautiful post.
    Thank you so much for your kind words on my post this morning. I will pass them on to my niece.

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  11. What beautiful artwork! Happy Belated Lughnassadh! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for two blog awards! http://www.thedomesticpagan.net/2012/08/iblog-awards.html

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  12. Hi there! Magaly suggested I invite you to the blog party I'm hosting in mid-October, "The Bewitching Home." (I would have emailed it but didn't see an email here on your blog?) All of the information is available here: http://witchofhowlingcreek.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/the-bewitching-home-blog-party/

    Hope you can join in! :)

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