THE SONG OF LUGHNASADH – 1st August to 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 the heat of summer 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 ceratin steadiness and responsibility have been established.
It is a good time to celebrate the lives of all who have helped stabilize and uphold the noble values of life, 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, relate new information to your existing store of wisdom. Follow the inspirational pathways that lead you to the heart of your art or skill.
Assess your own life’s harvest: prepare fallow areas of your life for reseeding, clear old fields of overgrowth.
Harvest fruit and vegetables and prepare the garden for winter. Walk and meditate outdoors for half an hour daily.
Be active, with like-minded others, in bringing healing or relief to living beings in distress, whether human, animal, plant etc.
Be aware of the leaders and guardians who have protected the pathways of compassion by their sacrifice or action, and incorporate aspects of their example into your own lifestyle.
As you travel through the country of Atumn, relate your spiritual journey to the rich gifts available at this time.
(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)