Wheel of the Year: Lammas

Lammas / Lughnasadh

This ancient celebration of the first harvest of grains and fruits marks a bittersweet time - a transition between the abundant light and life of summer and the darkness and apparent death of winter. Already the light is growing weaker and the nights are becoming longer. The pregnant Earth Mother is giving birth to the crops planted in the early Spring, even as Her vitality is being pulled back into the soil. Our ancestors saw this as a time to relax a little and enjoy the summer weather before the onslaught of the Fall harvesting season.

For the Native Americans, this was a time of tribal powwow gatherings. For the ancient Celts, this holiday was known as Lughnasadh, a time of festivals and games honoring Tailtiu, the "earth mother" who fostered their Sun God Lugh. The later Christianized Saxons and other Germanic peoples called this day "Loaf Mass" or Lammas, a time when first fruits and bread from newly harvested grain were brought to church to be blessed, thus ensuring abundance for the coming year.

At this circle, we will take a look at how our intentions for this year are maturing to see what we need to release and what we want to keep. What is passing from your life? What do you need to let go of in order to live life more abundantly? What are your sacred gifts?  What empowers you?  We will take a shamanic drum journey to work on these issues with our guides, and we'll also have a magickal craft project that we will charge with our energy.

Please dress comfortably, and feel free to bring drums, rattles or other instruments, along with a journal for recording any insights received on your journey. Also feel free to bring an item to put on the altar during our circle.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and close at 7:30 pm, and ends at 11:00 pm. Please RSVP to ensure your space. Suggested donation of $10.00 per person to cover the space rental. Come join us for this powerful exploration!

We will be meeting in the Serena Room at Casa de Luz. Some backjacks, folding chairs, pillows and yoga blankets will be available. If possible, you might want to bring your own pillow or blanket to help make sure that you're comfy during the circle, especially if you plan to journey lying down on the floor. You might also want to bring a light wrap or sweater in case the AC is acting up! :) Several of us will be having dinner at 6 PM in Casa's restaurant, so feel free to join us for dinner before the circle! [Note: Just a reminder that it is OK to park in the City of Austin lot across the street, even though "No Parking" signs are posted. The City & Casa have an agreement for now, so you won't get towed.]

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  • Alaina

    I'm sorry to say my mom an I are going to miss tonight :(

    August 2, 2013

    • Toni

      We definitely missed you all! Hope to see you soon! ♥

      August 3, 2013

    • Alaina

      We will be there next week for certain. Very much enjoy being around the energy of you wonderful ladies.

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Ladies-- My apologies for leaving suddenly mid-meeting. My Lyme cycle started. It's unpredictable, and once it starts, there's no stopping it. I needed to get home before the pain and fatigue left me unable to drive. I appreciate even that small amount of time I got to spend with you. And Toni, I decided to leave my moonstone on the altar rather than disrupting things to get it. I am starting to suspect it may belong to someone other than me given how hard it is to get it to come home with me! :)

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • Toni

      Hi Elizabeth - No need to apologize, dear heart! It's important to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. It was wonderful to get to see you, if only for a little while. ♥

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Stephanie

    This is all new to me so I often don't know what to expect ... doors blew open again. ;-) What a beautiful space you ladies create. I tried to search Skiya and couldn't find anything. I'm probably mis-spelling. Can someone help?

    3 · August 3, 2013

    • Toni

      Stephanie, the warrior Goddess that we visited is spelled Scathach (a Gaelic name pronounced "sky-yah"). The Scottish island named after her is the Isle of Skye. :)

      August 3, 2013

  • April

    I'm still working and don't think I'll be done in time :( Have fun! So sorry to miss out!

    August 2, 2013

    • April

      I was sad to miss out and missed you all very much!

      1 · August 3, 2013

    • Toni

      We sure did miss you, but I hope to see you soon! ♥

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Shannel

    Really enjoyed this circle! The craft was wonderful! :)

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Bridget

    Such a beautiful gathering......grateful for our time of celebration!

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • Annod A.

    Magnificent harvest of sister spirit that welcomed many new faces. Thank you Toni, and all the blessed women who showed up to turn the wheel. Thank you, Eleigh, for your fabulous cupcakes.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Toni

    It was wonderful getting to celebrate this holiday with all of you amazing women! Such sweet energy tonight. Wonderful having several new women join us too! Lammas blessings, dear ones!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Susie

    sorry for the late change, but I hope someone gets in.

    August 2, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Hey ladies-- Just a reminder that barring any migraine-inducing storm fronts this evening, I will be attending this meetup, and I really appreciate folks abstaining from wearing perfume or other highly scented products. I am fine with essential oils. Looking forward to being with y'all this evening!

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Kerry D.

    Found out I'm scheduled to work:(

    July 31, 2013

    • Toni

      We'll miss you, Kerry...but work is good! :)

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • Melissa

    My birthday is August 1 and I wanna do something. I'm on the waiting list. Would love to go.

    July 30, 2013

    • Melissa

      Yeah I wish I could go. But my boyfriend has to work at 11 and I have a 5 year old and a 7 month old. :( He can't take them with him.

      July 31, 2013

    • Melissa

      Our kids.

      July 31, 2013

  • Melissa

    Would like to go.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Corvidae

    Babysitting that night!

    July 27, 2013

    • Toni

      We'll miss you Staci!

      1 · July 29, 2013

  • Katie

    I'm going to be helping a friend with her house blessing that night. I'll miss you guys!

    1 · July 27, 2013

    • Toni

      We'll miss you Katie!

      1 · July 29, 2013

  • Lynn b.

    Dear Toni, hope you are feeling much better now, didn't realize you had left the meeting last friday nite, hope you are well and I love you too!

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Toni

      Thank you, dear Lynn! Yes, luckily I just had a low potassium level - my heart is fine!

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Lynn b.

    Hi, gisele thanxs for liking my comment, love you too and all your light hope all goes well with your 13 year old friend you are helping soo much Take care, lynn

    2 · July 10, 2013

  • Lynn b.

    Lynn is coming to be with her spirit sisters

    2 · July 8, 2013

    • gisele

      Lynn's spirit sister will be happy to see her.

      2 · July 9, 2013

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