Oracle, Wellbeing, Wheel of the Year

Answering the Call

After many bright and beautiful weeks, the weather has taken a noticeable change. I am writing this post curled up in bed whilst watching the rain fall heavily onto the grateful green plants below.

Tomorrow is the 1st of May, and marks the festival of Beltane in the Northern Hemisphere. This festival is rooted in several cultures and is one of the 8 seasonal festivals of the year, also known as the ‘Wheel of the Year.’  Beltane falls mid-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and in ancient times was celebrated due to its agricultural significance.  At Beltane we can observe the earth at its fertile peak. The light continues to expand, growth is abundant and life is blooming and buzzing with life force.

This time of year is often thought to be fruitful for setting intentions and energising outward goals and dreams. However this year, my soul was calling for something different, and I decided to answer its call. And so I ran myself a day time bath, anointed myself with a homemade face mask and then enjoyed a hot chocolate in bed whilst I read my book and listening to the rain. It feels like a fitting tribute for such a day.

What is your soul calling for today?

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Oracle deck: Work Your Light by Rebecca Campbell

 

Nature, Wheel of the Year

Lammas

In the wheel of the year, Lammas (also known as Lughnassadh) falls on 1st August and is the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox in the northern Hemisphere. By Lammas we are into the second half of the year and may refer to this time as ‘high summer.’ The days are still long and the sun’s energy is strong yet active growth is waning. The earth is adundant and many of our grain crops have ripened and await their gathering, full and golden.

Traditionally Lammas is thought of as the first of 3 harvests; the grain harvest. This is followed by the second harvest of fruits at the Autumn equinox and the final harvest of nuts and berries occuring at Samhain.

Despite the suns waning energy, this time of year is often marked by celebration; festivals, fairs and gatherings that honour local produce, celebrate the remaining light and acknowledge the ease of abundant times.

Being aware of what is going on in our outer world can help us to connect to and learn more about our inner worlds. In this article I will discuss where we currently are in the seasonal cycle and suggest ways in which we can use this to cultivate inner reflection and growth.

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Nature, Wheel of the Year

Summer Solstice

In astronomical terms, the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer in the Northern hemisphere. Just to confuse things a little, you may also hear this time of year referred to as ‘midsummer.’ This year, the summer solstice falls on Friday 21st June and will mark the longest day and the shortest night of the year. This means that the light reaches its peak, after which we cross over the threshold into the second half of the year. Light after the summer solstice begins its slow but sure decline towards the shortest day of the year on December 21st, winter solstice.

Transitioning to the second half of the year can provoke a sense of sadness, overwhelm or leave us feeling unprepared and rushed (anyone else wondering where the first half of the year went?!) Us humans commonly have a preference for the light (not to mention warmth) so thinking of its retreat is not easy. However the earth, if we allow it, can be a good teacher of balance. Year on year we witness darkness and light rise and fall, and give way to one another through the seasonal cycle, always moving, always changing and always returning.

Being aware of what is going on in our outer world can help us to connect to and learn more about our inner worlds. In this article I will discuss where we are currently in the seasonal cycle and suggest ways in which we can use this to cultivate inner reflection and growth.

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Wellbeing

Rise

It is a privilege to be able to support others in their journeys towards building a more meaningful life. I work in a prison and the community running groups and providing one to one support to individuals with a range of experiences and mental health challenges.

There are days that are tough, really tough. Days that I feel as though I can’t do enough for someone. Days that I struggle to manage my own wellbeing alongside supporting others and days that I see how unfair life can be over and over. Continue reading “Rise”