THE SONG OF LUGHNASADH (1 August-31 October)
I am the sovereign splendour of creation,
I am the fountain in the courts of bliss,
I am the bright surrender of the willpower,
I am the watchful guardian and the kiss,
I am the many-coloured landscape,
I am the transmigration of the geese,
I am the burnished glory of the breastplate,
I am the harbour where all strivings cease.
The Autumn quarter of Lughnasadh brings the gift of maturity and is a time of physical harvest and spiritual gathering. It sees the greatest change in weather from light and heat to dark and chilly nights. It is the time for celebrating the harvest and sees the busy preparations for winter.
In the human growth cycle, Lughnasadh corresponds to the period of mature adulthood when a certain steadiness and responsibility have been established.
It is a good time to celebrate the lives of all who have helped stabilise and uphold the noble values of life, of all who have exercised good judgement and steered the doubtful into the harbour of certainty, of all holy ones whose guardianship has saved us from life-disabling mistakes.
Activities for Lughnasadh/ Autumn
Practice your knowledge.
Learn new subjects and relate new information to your existing store of wisdom.
Follow the inspirational pathways that lead you to the heart of your art or skill.
Harvest fruit and vegetables and prepare the garden for winter.
Assess your own life’s harvest: prepare fallow areas of your life for reseeding; clear old fields of overgrowth.
Walk and meditate outdoors for at least 15 minutes daily.
Be active with like-minded others, in bringing healing or relief to living beings in distress, whether human, animal, plant etc.
(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)