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What a subject for a wonderful, warm and sunny day in the days of early fall! But it just popped up in my mind while I took a walk outside before dealing with books and dust. They seem to have some connection, books and dust I mean.

It was a memory that came back and made me start thinking about how we use words for actions, and if they are really appropriate at the time. So this was an early morning some years ago when daughter had forgot to lock her bike outside, and left it on the yard (we live in an apartment). We are at the kitchen table eating breakfast and I can see her bike from the window, lucky for us probably at that time. Along comes a guy, probably early teens, and it seems he ‘s  in a hurry. Now excuse any funny spelling or such if I miss it. The cat has a funny idea about “helping out”. Putting his paws or some parts of him on the keyboard. Back to the story. He throws a glance on the bike but continues, but turns back and see the bike isn’t locked and starts walking away with it. Lucky for us the balcony is close so I go out there and ask him where he’s going with that bike. The answer? “I’m just borrowing it.” Ok, like borrow, as in returning it to where you took it when you are done with it? Probably not. I just told him flat no, that my daughter would need her bike. He left it without comment. But he did ask if it was ok to borrow it when I had seen him. If I hadn’t the bike would have been gone and probably hard to find too. I wish I had told him my opinion on the terms borrow and steal. Because what he was about to do was stealing, not borrowing.

My thoughts of borrowing is that you ask for permission, or you grab the pen next to you and return it when you are done writing down a phone number or some such. You are stealing when you take something without asking or have plans on returning it to where it was. I hear that word “borrow” so many times, but you don’t borrow if you’re not returning it. Or am I completely off here? It seems people, and especially the younger ones, are mixing up the meaning of that word borrow with taking or stealing. Oh well, better end this before my computer decides to steal, or is it borrow, my text without returning it. And I will try to add some photos in a coming post, hopefully my computer and  I will be on more friendly terms by then. Yes, I know, I’ve said so before too….

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Or Lugh or Lughnasadh was this weekend. The first harvest of the year and we are thankful for what is given so far and what is still to come. Whatever we want to call it or how we decide to celebrate or not, is each and everyone’s business. I read something about this with how we are so centered around these celebrations of the wheel of the year, even when it doesn’t fit in with where we live and the seasons there. I can sort of agree with that writing on Patheos and understand the way he’s thinking. We have to look at where we are living and figure out how this wheel fits in where we live. Where I live it fits in pretty fine, just some adjustments here and there. I might not be able to, or it’s not the right time, to sow some seeds as early as it is said in some texts, but I can think about and imagine those seeds that awaits the coming season instead. Lammas or Lugh is about harvest and it’s easy to start thinking fall and colder weather, but for me living here it’s still a month of summer left even if we can have the first blueberries, strawberries and such. But they are the first harvest and a gift from our Mother. And yes, I’m thankful for it. Here’s a spread I found searching the net, Furioushorde and First Harvest Spread.

Lammas Spread

Lammas Spread

I used Tarot of the Sidhe again by Emily Carding as in the previous post.

….1

..2…3

.4……5

6…8…7

 

 

Lammas Spread pos 1

Lammas Spread pos 1

1 Glowing. What is the most nourishing fruit (skill, offering to the world, ability) that you carry right now?

The Hermit

A nourishing fruit with this person who usually withdraws from the rest of the world to find inner truths and knowledge? Or just wants to hide from the world? This one is in a boat looking back at us over his/her shoulder and pointing with the right hand towards an island with a single tree at the top and some sort of ”portal” to its right. There is a spiral in the ”water” to the left of the boat and maybe some sort of torch at the bow with an icy blue light. But I would still say that even if it is keeping away from the world, it has a meaning despite it all, to find something that will help others in some way in their lives or on their paths. A deeper knowing that might be lost if you had to stay among the buzz and stir of the ”real” world. That fruit can only be found if I set foot on that island, wherever it is, so I can walk that path up to the tree. Perhaps a visit to that portal too? Lets see where it leads, maybe there is some moment of insight hiding in my mind and heart?

Lammas Spread pos 2

Lammas Spread pos 2

2 First Reaping. What are you harvesting? What are the fruits of your labor? This may include completed projects, overcoming personal obstacles, and abundance of all kinds.

The Empress

What I’m harvesting with The Empress as my guide? She’s standing there clad in the colors and patterns of the Earth, holding a flower in her outstretched left hand, her right hand protectively over her abdomen where a spiral shape is glowing. She’s Goddess and mother, Gaia and whatever names we have given her during all our time here on Earth. I don’t know really what I’m harvesting, but there is something it tells me, something that has been growing and maturing slowly in its own time. No use rushing it because it wouldn’t allow me to anyway. It’s like I’m sucking in all that I need for this fall to come, light, warmth, security, confidence in that whatever I’m going to do will turn out ok. Something tells me that it has something to do with family, well two humans and a cat in this case, and that it is about time to let go now, let the young one stand on her own two feet more, let her find her own way more and more, I will be there for her whenever she needs me, but she’s growing older and must believe in herself now and not hold my hand every step on her way.

Lammas Spread pos 3

Lammas Spread pos 3

3 Scythe. What are the tools at your disposal to gather your harvest? Tools include your professional and personal skills, your magickal practice, and your own perseverance.

The High Priestess

Her hair forms the moon crescent, a rainbow arches between her hands and there is a flame in her abdomen and an open book she’s sitting on. A spiral in the water underneath her. I have knowledge, intuition and creativity to light my way and the way of others if need be. Those are the ones I have to lean on to harvest what is to come. Follow what I belive is the right thing to do and if I need to, look for it in other sources within or without. I’m the priestess and in a physical way the mother, the young one is still a child, a maiden to find her own ways in life one step at a time. Searching for assistance and reassurance from higher powers and that they will watch over my young one as she and her friends starts at a bigger school this fall.

Lammas Spread pos 4

Lammas Spread pos 4

4 Ripening. What is still ripening? What needs time to further mature?

The Sun

With these people spiraling up around the hill towards the tree on the top and the sun surrounding it and a spiral in it there is still a way before we’re up there. There are birds, flowers, dragonflies, a hare and probably all kinds of living and growing things here. The summer isn’t over yet and there is still time to let things come to their fruition and harvest. Play, have fun, move around, look at what is still around you and who is with you. There will be days that you can’t do that because of school and work, but for now, let go and follow the energy.

 

 

 

Lammas Spread pos 5

Lammas Spread pos 5

5 Changing. What is changing within you as the dark of the year waxes?

Dreamer Two ”Half-Moon Truce” (2 of Swords)

Sort of fitting picture for this position. A ”full” moon with half the face dark and half light, underneath a magpie with wings spread and underneath some green mountains. So this is a time of balancing even if the time of the year isn’t really there yet. But even so there are things that might be in the shadow that needs to come out in the light and some things that might have been too obvious to be seen even if they have been right under my nose. It feels like I’m in a position where I have to really think about what I want, where I want to go and do with what I have. Necessary for me and for those around me, but most of all for me. There is something I should do, or need to do that will help me further on even if it might not really seem like it has any importance in the here and now. Strange feeling anyway, I’m going somewhere, and will do something, but I have no idea what it is. Making me a little nervous, but changes always seems to be a little scary even when you now they are for your own good.

Lammas Spread pos 6

Lammas Spread pos 6

6 Giving. What ways can you share your abundance?

Warrior Three ”Alignment” (3 of Wands)

These people are standing in front of a portal where the sun is setting behind it and shines through it and the rays stretching out to make a frame. Above is a crescent and three stars shining. They are hailing the setting sun in some way. It says ”Alignment” on the card. What can I share with this in mind? One of the meanings of the word alignment is to line up, so people in a que waiting to place an order or have some assistance with something? Money isn’t a big asset here so no, I don’t think so, and a fire element isn’t really about economy, more like hands on practical help or assistance with things. Doing things for others, or create something for others. Getting creative? Trying to finish some projects laying around here waiting for the right time perhaps? It wont give me any money, but perhaps joy and happiness for those who are to have it? Requires some creative kicks from me then. And if I had been able to it would have been the perfect time around the blue moon we just had, but next full moon I will try to be finished with one of those projects. I can share my love for friends and family with a touch of Goddess and God, some magical stuff too.

Lammas Spread pos 7

Lammas Spread pos 7

7 Receiving. What do you need to receive more of in your life? In other words, what are you most resistant to changing and accepting in that process of change?

Dreamer Ten ”Desolation” (10 of Swords)

That isn’t the most fun card in the deck, no. For those who’s not familiar with this deck but the RWS, think 10 of Swords there and you’ll get the feeling. The word here is ”Desolation” and it sure looks like that. A bleeding red ”sun” with a several, trees tumbling down, red eyes and a river of ”blood” and hands stretching up from it. I certainly hope I don’t need any more of that energy in my life! No, I think it’s the opposite, I need to change, stop feeling sorry for myself, getting out of my hermit stage and try to do something in the outer world, and it’s scary and turning things around for me in ways I don’t know how they will end up. Even bad situations turns into familiar feelings and actions and whatever is ”normal” for the rest of the world feels frightening for those who doesn’t know any other. Even if I don’t like to look in the book for help I did, and it is much more clear to me and puts my feelings into words that I didn’t find myself. Some of the keywords are: Endings, Depression, Death, Clearing and there is a short poem to each card and this one is, and for me it’s so obvious:

”So all must bleed and melt away,

Before the dawning of the day,

The tree must fall in land forlorn,

This Dream must die to be reborn…”

Lammas Spread pos 8

Lammas Spread pos 8

8 Descending. As the dark year waxes, what do you need to focus on between now and the Autumnal Equinox to prepare?

Warrior Two ”Power Awakes” (2 of Wands)

Here we have a male figure sitting crossed legged or standing in some sort of balancing act with arms crossed and from each hand there is fire energy going out forming dragons crossing each other. He is standing/sitting where the road parts and you have to choose where to go, left, right or stay there. Going back is also an alternative, but I don’t think you would be allowed to do that when you get here. This is what I have to focus on between now and the Autumnal Equinox, what road will I follow? I don’t have to decide here and now, but I need to think it over, meditate on it and perhaps do a spread or two, think out loud with friends if need be. Power Awakes the card says and I think so too, something is waking up and I have no choice left now, it’s either right or left and no turning back. I don’t think it’s a matter of right or wrong either, just a choice to carry me forward and see where we end up.

Lots of things to think of, see where some of these happenings will bring us as a family and as individuals. Sorting things out during the days to come and be more open to what I feel, also signs around me that will be special, symbolic, for me.

 

 

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