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.]