Lughnasadh


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Lughnasadh
Also called August Eve, Harvest Home, Feast of Bread, Festival of the Green Corn is named for Lugh, an Irish solar god.  This is the time of Earth’s sorrowing Autumn, solar light is lessening and the nights are growing longer.

Lughnasadh, (Lammas or loaf – mass is from the anglo-saxon hlaefmass, or loaf festival) is the first of three harvests; others following are Mabon and Samhain. Traditionally celebrated on August 1st, it astrologically falls at 15 degrees Leo.

Harvest is beginning, crops are ripening, and the gathering of food is celebrated with gratitude.
Southern hemisphere celebrates Imbolc and the light of the Sun returning, while in the northern hemisphere Lughnasadh is celebrated as the sun’s light begins to lessen.

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Ceres (Roman for Demeter, also the root word of cereal) the Goddess of Grain was the Great Earth Mother of Persephone.  When Hades abducted Persephone to the underworld, Ceres searched the world, grieving for her lost daughter.  Ceres failed to nurture the grain and crops withered and died.  While Ceres grieved, the world fell into hunger until Zeus intervened, ordering Hades to return Persephone.

Hades did so, but first tricked Persephone into eating a bite of mystical pomegranate, which meant she was forced to return to the underworld for a portion of each year.  It is in these months that winter blankets the world and foliage goes dormant.

Interestingly, Ceres is traditionally connected with Henna, Sicily which at 931m above sea level, is the highest Italian province capital.  It has earned the nicknames “belvedere” (panoramic viewpoint) and “ombelico” (navel) of Sicily.  It is said to be the site of Persephone’s abduction to the underworld and the site of Ceres’ most ancient Sanctuary.  (wiki)
Highest point to search from, navel of Sicily – sounds like a searching mother to me..!

Ceres in the natal chart indicates loss, grief, searching, and wrath – but Ceres also indicates  joy, transformation, rebirth and the return of something lost.  Ceres is a place of interaction with the earth – where you can ground your wayward energies and nurture yourself.  Ceres is where you are both mother and mothered, it is where you nurture, and also where your growth is nurtured by others.

peace
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sirens call to spirit

Full harvest moon in Pisces Sunday night, with the peak coming today at 5:27 a.m. EDT (0927 GMT).

Moon (emotions) reaching full in the sign opposite over-critical, detailed Virgo is drawing instincts (moon) outward to embrace the flowing, vast collective, the all one, the universal.

Pisces moon brings visions of the world as we wish to see it.  Create your dream into reality through your mind’s eye.
Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto are forming a grand Earth trine, and now is the time to envision (Mercury) the most beneficial (Jupiter) outcome or transformation of your desires (Pluto).

Full moon in Pisces is a silent sirens call to spirit and manifestation of higher love and unity in all spheres.  Transformation is rumbling as Pluto is days away from going direct on September 16th at 4 degrees Capricorn, use this energy wisely and be mindful of your thoughts.

Transiting Sun, Venus and full moon are activating my natal Uranus and Pluto, and transiting Pluto is very near my 3 degree Capricorn ascendant.
This harvest moon lunation has brought me a surprising harvest of Pluto, Venus, and a head full of 3rd and 9th house ideas right along with it.  (Third and ninth houses are lower and higher mind, respectively.)
My thoughts are revolving around self-identity (1st house Pluto transit) and my relationships with others (7th house opposite transiting Pluto) and what I can do to improve both.

Virgos and the 6th house represent health, service to others, self-improvement, healing and gathering for the harvest.

Persephone was so lovely Hades could not resist her, he cracked open the Earth and took her to reign as goddess of the underworld with him.  Her mother, Demeter, goddess of the Earth and harvest crossed the land searching for her daughter.
Broken-hearted and grieving, Demeter let the harvests cease, and plants of the Earth began to wither and die.

Furious, Zeus (Jupiter) sent Hermes (Mercury) with a message forcing Hades (Pluto) to release Persephone to her mother, but Persephone, eating of a pomegranate from Hades, was bound to him and the underworld by fate for one- third of the year.  (These 3 planets are presently forming the grand Earth -manifestation- trine)  While Persephone spent time in the underworld, Demeter refused to let the fruits of the Earth grow, and winter began.

Today’s spiritual gifts: Jupiter quintile Neptune
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namaste~