The beginning of August brings us the “dog days of summer,” some of the hottest weather we will see. And yet, signs of fall are in the air: dry dusty leaves lifted on a hot breeze, vine maples already turning red, and sunset that comes on just a little earlier than it did a month ago.
It’s a bittersweet time.
We are reveling in the abundance of our gardens and of our local farms — berries! peaches! tomatoes! melons! zucchini! At the same time, we’re aware that it’s time to prepare for winter, and some of us are busying stocking up and preserving the gifts of our gardens.
We offer up the first fruits of the harvest in gratitude, while murmuring prayers that our gardens and farms will make it through to an abundant second harvest at Equinox. Who knows if storms or drought may still be on the way?
Likewise, we consider our personal harvest. What seeds did we plant six months ago at Candlemas, and are they ready to harvest now?
At Lammas, we celebrate the Harvest Mysteries, especially of grain transformed into bread and ale. We love the story of John Barleycorn, cut down in his prime, only to live on in nourishing beer and bread.
Come along with me to celebrate the First Harvest. What will you cut and release this Lammastide? And what will you reap?
Like my other “30 Days” courses, this ecourse is for those who want a daily inspirational touchstone during the season of Lammas, the First Harvest, Summer-Turning-to-Fall.
It’s for those who want to align themselves with the rhythms of nature as you watch the Perseid meteor showers, make blackberry cordial, and weave wheat dollies — while contemplating the bittersweet mysteries of sacrifice and harvest.
By the end of the 30 days, you’ll be reconnected to your own creative core, with a daily practice in place for taking in beauty and responding to it in your journal or with your camera or paintbrush.
Best of all, you will have taken a divine pause each day to mindfully experience the shift in the seasons as Summer begins its turn towards Fall.
Sound good? I’d love to have you join us.
People are talking . . .
“This was the second time I took the Brigid course. I got so much more out of it this time. Having the Facebook group added such a delicious layer to the prompts. It has been such a wonderful journey to share my own stories and to and bear witness to others’ heartfelt stories. It’s so easy to feel all alone in your struggles, it’s been helpful to hear about others going through similar issues. These groups have brought together a safe nurturing community that I am so glad to participate in.”
“I loved the Spring course, Joanna, as it inspired me first thing every morning. Though many mornings I had to rush to work, it began my day and allowed me to ponder throughout. I did not write as much as I’d hoped to share with you, but the questions ran through my mind and heart through each day and made me smile to get so in touch with the soul and Gaia in that way. Thank you so much for sharing this. Touching and grounding the spirit with the earth is something you are so very gifted with and it is the kind of thing that feeds my soul.”
“I really loved this process. I looked forward to sitting down with my journal every morning and spending 10 or 15 minutes exploring my thoughts and feelings via the prompts. I felt complete in the process even after such a short time, and it felt so sacred to pause and to carve out this time for myself. I loved reading the poetry and creating my own — there was no pressure to share, so this felt completely personal to me. I look forward to the next session!”
“Joanna has once again created an accessible portal to Spirit! In 30 Days of Brigid, the many ways of exploring Goddess were distilled into personal relationship. Each day I was invited to ponder, What does Brigid mean to me? How might I invite Her into my life and practice? How do I see Her? Joanna has offered a devotional course that is fresh, simple and profound nourishing a woman’s soul. It feeds the stars.”
30 Days of Lammas is open for registration now. Your daily emails begin on Tuesday July 25th, one week before the holy-day of Lammas.
How it works:
~ You’ll receive an email every day for 30 days, beginning Tuesday July 25th.
~ You respond, in the privacy of your own journal, or share online. I encourage you to set your timer for 5-10 minutes, and free-write in response to the journal prompt. Some days you won’t have time, and that’s OK. Other days you’ll write more.
You can also pick up your camera or smart phone, and take a photo each day in response to the photo/art prompt. Or you may want to sketch or make art in an art journal.
You’re most welcome to share your writing, art, or photos on social media using the hashtag #30daysoflammas.
~ We will also have a private Facebook group where you can post more privately.
~ At the end of the 30 Days, you’ll receive a PDF with all 30 of the quotes and prompts.
If you have found this page after July 25th, you can still sign up for this course. But your emails start the day after you sign up, and you won’t receive the ones you’ve missed. At the end of the 30 Days, you will receive a PDF with all 30 of the quotes and prompts.
– Loran Hill