In this short video, Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder, explains that all beings are part of a vast family. He encourages us to care for the land and all living beings with unconditional love and responsibility.
Here in the Northern hemisphere, we are entering into the Lughnasa festival days. Lughnasa (or Lughnasadh) is a traditional Celtic celebration time that marks the beginning of the harvest season in the northern hemisphere. Lughnasa was celebrated in early August all over Ireland and Scotland for centuries.
Legend tells us that the ancient Celtic God Lugh created this harvest festival time in honor of his Earth Goddess Mother Tailtiu. Traditional Lughnasa rituals included an offering of the first of the corn, harvest feasts, athletic contests, bull sacrifice, and ritual dancing. The Lughnasa custom of climbing hills and mountains has survived in some areas to this day.
Now is the perfect time to honor the abundance and harvest in your life. Offer up your gratitude to Earth and Sky for the good things that have shown up in your life this year. Honor everything from your garden harvest to new friendships, children’s milestones, new jobs, your health… any and every bit of abundance in your life.
“To connect with God, we first have to connect with nature, and to connect with nature, we have to awaken to the dark. That is why he (Rebbe Nachman) advised his disciples to follow a solitary path into the darkness outside the city, and to enlist the aid of plants and flowers once they got there. To follow nature and return to nature—that itself was the path to God.”
~Clark Strand, Waking Up to the Dark,
Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age
Happy Summer Solstice!
Summer Solstice is June 20th, 2021.
Image: Puck and Dancing Fairies
by Richard Dadd, (~1840)
A recording of today’s shamanic circle,Tending and Prayers for the Middle East.
One Earth, One Tribe.
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul
and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
~Jean Shinoda Bolen
Image: Spanish Peaks
by Nancy L