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Turning the Wheel at Lammas

in Community, Lammas


Lammas, the feast of the First Harvest, is a bittersweet holiday. We give thanks for the bounty of our gardens and our lives, and we revel in the long days and the warm, sunny weather. At the same time we know we’re sliding into the waning of the year and are facing the coming of Fall.  Even though most of North America has suffered through intense heat waves this summer, we Northwesterners can count the number of sunny days pretty much on one or two hands. It’s the second week of August and we’re wearing sweaters and looking thoughtfully at the thermostat.

And yet. We gather at the River, my spiritual community and I, every year at this time. I’ve written about it here, here, here and here. We gaze at the stars and the early morning mist, we dance and drum around the fire ’til the wee hours, we feast together, chat and laugh, and swim in the river. We turn the Great Wheel, honoring the spirits of the land, and make our peace with the coming of Autumn.

(Fire photos by Chele Eva Armstrong of Henna Moon. All others by Joanna.)

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Cari Ferraro Tue - Aug 09th 2011 1:32 pm

    Joanna, these are such beautiful pictures. I especially LOVE the one of you! What a precious time among dear friends. The ceremony looks most moving. Yes, a bittersweet time. We’ve had a cool middle California summer too.

  • Hecate Demetersdatter Tue - Aug 09th 2011 2:31 pm

    Looks wonderful!

  • Maurie Tue - Aug 09th 2011 4:47 pm

    Joanna, you have such lovely celebrations and community!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Joanna Tue - Aug 09th 2011 4:53 pm

    Maurie, locals are invited . . . it’s pretty much word of mouth, no advertising. It’s always the weekend before or after August 1st, so mark your calendar for next year and come on up.

  • Faeriedaughterr Thu - Aug 11th 2011 2:01 am

    How absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful community and landscape you have!

  • Jana Sat - Aug 13th 2011 10:14 am

    Sounds like a gorgeous time!

  • Nightmoon Wed - Aug 17th 2011 7:19 pm

    Looks absolutely wonderful ! I wish you and your community were in
    Pittsburgh, PA. I would love to join you.

    Thank you, all for sharing with me.
    I look forward to all you have to offer….