Category Lammas/Late Summer

We Live in a Sentient Cosmos

We live in a sentient Cosmos. That is the premise of much of the Seasonal ceremonial celebration as it is done in the PaGaian tradition, the ceremonial marking of Her creative cycle: that is, with the understanding that ceremony is a conversation, a relationship with One who hears, as we listen also. This Cosmos is […]

Lammas Breath Meditation

… from PaGaian Cosmology Lammas/Late Summer ceremony: “Breathe this breath that is yours, as if it were your first … do you remember that it was so? Breathe this breath that is yours, as if it were your last … do you remember that it will be so? Breathe it now, this breath that is […]

As we turn towards the Dark: the Season of Lammas

After the peaking of Summer Solstice, there is the turn into the dark. Traditionally in Pagan circles, where this Seasonal transition is celebrated as “Lughnasad”, a straw man is burned, representing the passing of the fulfillment of Summer: all is given over, the harvest of the light part of the cycle is set, as the […]

A Poem for the Dark Seasons

CRONE Sliding into the Old One’s merciful Darkness –   into Her unknown blanking out of previous understandings It is an act of mercy It is an act of love.   She covers me with her  Darkness   The blood that fills this space, this Womb is not for death it is for life.   Drawing […]

Lammas Goddess Slideshow

On February 4th at 3:01 “Universal Time” (as it is named) EarthGaia crossed the midpoint in Her orbit between Solstice and Equinox: for this year of 2019 C.E., and this date varies each year. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the Season of Lammas – the welcoming of the Dark, post-Summer Solstice. Lammas, and all of the […]

Beginning Again

I have often felt the Season of Lammas as a beginning: perhaps it is all the black fabric and ribbons I use for decoration and expressing the celebration of the waxing dark. Black offers such a fresh start, a total dissolving, all slips away and new formation is possible: a merciful immersion. This poem below […]

Dedication to Larger Deeper Self

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Lammas/Imbolc Earth Moment

In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the Season of the waxing dark … we are transitioning to the cross-quarter moment between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox: it is the time to celebrate and nurture the new dark, and our native allurement to the Dark whence we come and to whom we return. At my place […]

Sacrifice is to Make Sacred in GoddessSpeak

In this season of Lammas: contemplating “making sacred”/sacrifice. The “making sacred”/sacrifice of Goddess is very different from the “sacrifice” demanded by patriarchal cosmology. The kind of “sacrifice” demanded by the father god of Christian cosmology, for example, may leave nothing for the self – it is an abnegation of the self. Whereas in Goddess cosmology […]

Making Sacred: Space for the Not-Yet

It seems timely … as well as Seasonal (for both Hemispheres): as published in Goddess Pages issue 6. As the Wheel turns into Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the Seasonal Moment of Lammas in the Southern Hemisphere. For those in the planet’s South, Earth’s tilt is delivering the post-Summer Solstice welcoming of the new Dark, the […]

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