Around the first of August the Celts would celebrate the feast of Lughnasadh which at the same time marked the start of autumn.
Although dedicated to the sun god Lugh this is a moon feast as the timing of celebration used to be aligned with what we know as the (first) full moon in August, today. In central Europe that was exactly this morning.
In the northern hemisphere on start of August the days slowly become shorter. You often still can feel the heat of the summer. The herbs have their highest concentration of active ingredients and are ready to be harvested. The fruits are sweet, juicy and ripe. The first mushrooms peek out of the soil. Also, the first leaves start to change colour and some trees slowly begin to change their dresses for winter. Into the sweet fragrance of flowers and fruits blends the tangy and earthy scent of fall.
This is a good time to reflect on what we have been given during the year and what we did let go. It is a time of transition. It is a time to ask: Where do I go? And where do I come from? Have I blessed all the presents that are gifted to me in life? Have I blessed all the things I let go?
Traditionally people would bake the first bread from the new grain harvest; pick the herbs and dry them for winter; the harvest would be blessed with the love and power of the divine; and usually there would be some kind of bonfire involved to celebrate this day.
What is your contribution to the fire of transformation? Where do your blessings go, today?