To empty myself of old habits and unworkable patterns, I enter this prayer. To make a gesture of self-cleansing, self-healing and self-awareness, I enter this prayer. I seek to be fresh, to know the innocence of my heart, to be clear of diminishing thought and patterns of self-degradation that would pull me into self-pity and contraction.Free of obstruction, I am renewed. Claiming my purpose, I am ready. Irrigating the seeds of my spirit, I am resourced. Knowing the radiance of my soul, I have a clear eye on my life.My spirit, soul, mind and body vibrate the rhythms of power and peace as the cleansing waters wash through me. Free of trigger-ready reactions, I stand with my community. I sing the songs of my ancestors. In all I see, beauty and honor.Becoming the seed, giving nourishment and receiving nourishment, I enter this prayer.
Dancing through the yawning days of July, we soon arrive at the door of Lammas, the season of first harvest, the season of affirmation and permission to gather and feast on the fruits of our efforts. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from the Celtic Wheel of the year, yet in every place and through all times, our ancestors have gathered in reverent joy as the time of bounty arrives.
In many traditions, all over the world, the Corn Mother is honored at this time. Sometimes, she is called ‘First Mother’. As the first kernels ripen, the excitement grows, for even one kernel can be counted on to produce multitude and abundance in the season of planting.
As humans, we are designed to live and breathe by the seasonal cycles and initiations. These impulses flow through our veins with as much truth as our own blood. And so in these days before Lammas, we will likely feel an urge to gather with the community for laughter, connection and sharing. We may feel stirrings of uncertainty, our eyes trained on the horizon as we loom for affirmation that all the bold moves and hard work we’ve put in will yield the way we had hoped. And we may feel the first stirrings of a need to sort-to separate the wheat from the chaff, to notice what is working and what is excessive. This often appears at the body and emotional level. We might feel irritable, impatient, inflamed.
To keep in harmony with this gorgeous season ahead, full of fat red moons and abundant suns that soften in intensity with each day, incorporate the rituals here. And with open eyes and light heart, keep awake for the announcement of my upcoming group healing circle: Daughters of the Sun. This circle will be a time of celebration, purification and nourishment on all levels of being, drawing from the deep well of Earth Medicine.
Ritual Preparation for Lammas
Take care of unfinished business. Tuck in loose threads by making the phone calls, scheduling the appointments, clearing the inbox and washing the car.
Create a simple gratitude ritual, specifically around noticing where your efforts are paying off, where you feel yourself held by sacred reciprocity. This can be as simple as placing a small stone on your altar each day. Hold the stone in your left hand and become aware of all the abundance that is flowing towards you. Each day find something new.
Create a conscious celebration. Invite family and friends to a gathering to honor the Earth and to honor honest effort and heart-centered cultivation. At my own gatherings, I often set up a small altar where my guests can make an offering of flower petals into a bowl of water, infusing the petals with prayer and blessing. At the end of the gathering the water and petals are poured onto the Earth as a gesture of honoring for our beloved Mother.
In the Southwest corner of your yard, make an offering of cornmeal and tobacco directly onto the Earth. The Corn Mother is an expression of the plenitude of the Divine Feminine, and brother Tobacco, a master spiritual teacher, brings the protection and grandfather wisdom of the Divine Masculine. Make a prayer of honoring your ancestors, as well as the ancestors of the people indigenous to that land where you live (if you are not indigenous to the place where you live). This simple ritual brings harmony and ayni, right relationship, between you and the land where you live.
*photo by Nico Secunda