This time last year, the bushes along the river were lusciously laden with blackberries (above) but there are none yet to be seen though the Farmers Markets are full of berries despite the poor Summer.
After the Natural Time New Year on 26th July (previous post), we are now upon Lughnasadh (Irish), representing the beginning of the harvest festivals. Other ancient cultures also celebrated this: Manx Luanistyn and Welsh Calan Awst or the Christian Lammas. The festivals are still celebrated in different ways and usually involve a feast and a climb to the top of a hill or mountain. My day will be celebrated at the top of a small hill in Richmond! – followed by a mostly raw, organic feast similar to the one below (courgette flowers, broad beans, yellow courgette, baby carrots, chives, tomatoes, basil, and very plump asparagus with an orange, sage, garlic and dark green olive oil dressing).
I wonder at this time, what inner harmonised harvest I have yielded; what will come to fruition in terms of my spiritual seed-sowing, what euphoric, metaphysical feast I can acknowledge now, what divine euphoria may be preserved for later appreciation; and what unrequired raptures released!
For many of us, these are tempestuous, confusing, upredictable and unstable times. The outer energies deeply swirling the inner vibrations at our core, can make us feel quite restless, unsettled, edgy, impulsive or impatient; and desiring a different direction or major life shift. Significant changes and fresh choices may be sought or momentous decisions made. Transformation seems to be part of the prevailing energies on this current journey but we can consciously opt to be at the eye of the storm and trust whilst travelling and traversing this life, so our paths are as purely pleasurable as possible.
Lughnasadh also coincides with the Full Moon in Aquarius on 2nd August emphasising planetary and personal change which should be exciting to say the least. The second is the Full Blue Moon (occuring rarely every two and a half years approximately, because full moons occur every 29.5 days but our calendars were altered, summarised in my “Time” post on 1 January 2012 – hence the phrase “once in a blue moon”). The Blue Moon in Pisces on 31st August is likely to be a sensitive time resulting in a focussed inner look at ourselves, especially keenly felt by Pisceans.
I maintain, as always, that the more we are in touch with Nature, the more in tune we are with our own inner nature. The Beautiful Green is always where I find the antidote to all turbulence and chaos. Serenity, composure and inner tranquillity may always be restored there.
I walked to Dukes Meadow recently (it’s a wonderful saving grace to have fields so close to me in London) and on the way back I called into William Morris House and found this pensive poem:
SUMMER DAWNPRAY but one prayer for me ‘twixt thy closed lips, Think but one thought of me up in the stars. The summer night waneth, the morning light slips Faint and gray ‘twixt the leaves of the aspen, betwixt the cloud-bars, That are patiently waiting there for the dawn: Patient and colourless, though Heaven’s gold Waits to float through them along with the sun Far out in the meadows, above the young corn, The heavy elms wait, and restless and cold The uneasy wind rises; the roses are dun; Through the long twilight they pray for the dawn Round the lone house in the midst of the corn. Speak but one word to me over the corn, Over the tender, bow’d locks of the corn.
William Morris. 1834–1896
I trust that any turmoil will be transient; and that all those of us who are seeking, will find that their unique – and our collective – light at the end of the tunnel beams ever brighter.
Wisatologi nihi, many blessings on your path.
Dawn in the Summer X