Lúnasa: First Harvest
Explore the season from Lúnasa — also known as First Harvest, Lammas and Lughnasadh, traditionally celebrated on February 1st in the Southrn Hemisphere and August 1st in the Northern Hemisphere — through to the Autumn Equinox: celebrations and soul work to honour the abundance of the first harvest, our connection to the Land, and the shift from the Fire energies of Summer toward the Water energies of Autumn.
We will explore Lúnasa season using the framework of the Celtic cosmology of Land, Sea and Sky — which exists in both the physical and spiritual realms — including traditions, practices, history, lore, deities such as Lugh, animal allies such as Crane (associated with Lugh), rituals, divination, goddesses in other traditions such as Diana aka Artemis.
- Land (Talam), Middle World: Land holds the magic of our physical world and its energetic counterpart, our Self and all those who inhabit the Earth such as plants, trees herbs and crystals, animals of all kinds. In Land, we can also look to grounding meditations, along with crafts, rituals and practices associated with the deities of the physical land such as Brighid or An Cailleach.
- Sea (Muir), Under World: Sea is our magical connections with the Sídhe (the Faerie realms) and others who reside in this realm including ancestors and other spirits. It is a place for journeys (aka imramma), rituals, exploring deities associated with water and the underworld (such as Yemaya, Boann and others), and animal allies associated with the Sea realm such as Selkies, whales, seals, etc.
- Sky (Nem), Upper World: Sky holds the medicine of the Sun, Moon and Stars; lunar/solar events, divination, sacred crafts of Air (such as incense and candles); history, practices and rituals associate with various deity pantheons, animal allies of the Sky realm such as birds and insects, and our connection to Spirit.
In our last course, we introduced a new feature: Resources for your practice, introducing (or refreshing) concepts and activities that may be new to you, and which you can add to your personal Book of Shadows.
These resources will tend to be core concepts, and not specific to any celebration in the Wheel of the Year, but ones we will use in one or more of the lessons in this course. Many of these introductory concepts will eventually be the basis of more in-depth courses and workshops. In this Lúnasa course, we explore our animal spiritual/energetic allies, journey to meet a new or existing ally to create relationship with them.
All course content will be available on January 28th.
Join us any time during Lúnasa Season!