Has the last few weeks had the healer within you awaken?
Perhaps as a result of your own or another’s healing crisis?
On August 1st, the Aquarius Full Moon rides high in our sky as a powerful Super Moon. The pull is strong, guiding us to detoxify our hearts and minds, creating space for profound and beautiful new beginnings that beckon us towards healing and release.
And it is just the beginning.
As August 30th brings another Super Moon.
This time in Pisces, granting us another opportunity for powerful, spiritual transformation. There is no doubt this month the cosmos is aligning celestial events of profound significance for our inner growth and spiritual evolution.
We may feel intense emotional releases during this time.
Especially with Venus, the planet of love, deep in her retrograde journey.
Venus retrograde invites a profound transformation akin to the myth of Inanna’s descent into the underworld. The Sumerian tale reflects Venus’ retrograde cycle as a journey of rebirth, where old identifications must go for a new version of ourselves to emerge.
Venus retrograde is a call to delve within and confront our shadow aspects. To show compassion to our dark side, integrate unexpressed feelings and desires, and honour our heart’s deepest longings.
Venus’s introspective period will last approximately 40 days, urging us to reflect on our emotions and desires and to look deep within our hearts. Embracing this cosmic flow and committing to self-discovery pave the way for a deeper connection with ourselves.
Whilst Venus is on her underworld journey, just like the wounded healer of the asteroid Chiron, his wife Chariklo rides high, enhancing the healing vibrations of this Full Moon. Chariklo guides us to explore more spirit medicine, reconnecting with the healing power of nature and embracing feminine healing.
This Full Moon also allows us to take charge of our mental chatter, emotions, and psychic debris, transmuting them into a state of neutrality.
From this space of clarity, we can make decisions with intellectual and logical wisdom, aligned with our true selves. However, we may struggle with this on the build-up to the full moon – the other side suggests lightness, breakthrough and clarity.
So August begins and ends with two powerful Super Moons, a blue moon and from the 8th until 12th , we will also be walking into…
The Lionsgate Portal, to experience another surge of healing energy.
This portal honours the rising of Sirius, our Spiritual Sun.
Aligning with the rebirth of our own Spirit energy. The combined effect of the lunar energy and the portal makes this an optimal time for personal cleansing and resetting.
As a Leo, I feel these energies. I have just left one job, started another, and on Lammas, I am closing the last circle of my business. A shift of home glimmers on the horizon, and before I can walk towards it, I join the Venus retrograde journey on Lionsgate eve. Undergoing the knife for my second replacement, all whilst spending my birthday on the eve of the Lionsgate closure under a copious amount of opiate concoctions – hip, hip, hooray! 😂
But on a serious note, all of the above are strongly emotive passages.
Yes, August is an intense month of ends, beginnings, rebirth, healing, humility and gratitude for all that’s got us to where we are now.
August 1st is also the Lammas Festival.
Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh, is a traditional festival.
Between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, it is one of the four ancient Celtic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane, and Samhain.
The word “Lammas” is derived from the Old English term “hlafmaesse,” which means “loaf-mass.” This name reflects the festival’s significance, which centres around the first harvest of crops. In ancient times, communities would gather to give thanks for the bountiful harvest, acknowledging the fruits of their labour and the abundance provided by the land.
Lammas is a time of celebration and reflection.
Representing a pivotal moment in the agricultural calendar. As the first grains are reaped, it symbolises the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The crops are cut, the land is cleared, and ready for the next planting season. This cyclical pattern mirrors the ebb and flow of life, reminding us of the impermanence and ever-changing nature of existence.
Modern-day celebrations of Lammas often involve various rituals and activities that pay tribute to the themes of harvest, abundance, and transformation.
Some common practices include:
- Baking Bread: As Lammas is associated with grain and the first harvest, baking and sharing bread is a popular tradition. It is a symbolic way to honour the Earth’s gifts and the community’s interconnectedness.
- Offerings and Gratitude: People often create altars or make offerings to the land, thanking nature and the deities for the abundance received. These offerings can include fruits, grains, flowers, or symbolic representations of the harvest.
- Corn Dollies: Crafting corn dollies is a traditional activity during Lammas. These miniature dolls are made from the last sheaves of harvested grain and become charms or decorations.
- Bonfires: Some communities light bonfires as part of the celebration. The fires represent the power of the Sun and its transformative energy.
- Feasting and Community Gatherings: Lammas is a time of coming together, sharing a feast with family and friends, and celebrating the season’s blessings.
Overall, Lammas is a time of embracing the cycles of nature, acknowledging the interconnectedness of all life, and expressing gratitude for the abundance that sustains us. Encouraging us to reflect on the importance of letting go of the old to make way for the new and to cherish the fruits of our labour with a sense of gratitude and humility.
💗 Love, Tiff x