Our community has been gathering every Labor Day weekend for years at our friends Bud and Nora’s home on the Olympic peninsula. We gather to celebrate the end of summer and to harvest and eat Bud’s luscious corn. (Bud was the model for the Guardian of Earth.) This year, unfortunately, Labor Day came a bit too early on Mama Gaia’s timetable and Bud’s corn was not ready to harvest. So we trucked on down to the Pt. Townsend Farmer’s Market and bought our corn from a local farmer.
In past years, we’ve had a line of people that snaked from the garden to the front door of the house where we would shuck the corn. We’d harvest the corn and pass it hand over hand from garden to house, farm to table. This year we decided to enact the ritual anyway, to encourage Bud’s corn to ripen!
At one point during the weekend, I looked around and realized that there was a high number of Gaian Tarot models at Cornfest. All of the Guardians, the Elder of Air, Strength and the Gardener, the 8 of Water and 8 of Earth, the 3 of Fire, the 4 of Fire, the Explorer of Fire, the 6 of Air, 8 of Air, 2 of Air, 9 of Air, 9 of Fire and (of course) the Builder. Oh, and me, the 9 of Earth (and Water).
For me, harvest season has now officially begun.