Lammas-Tide Blessings

Kathy Crabbe, Lammas Blessings, 2013, watercolor and ink on paper, 8x10”.  The third great festival of the Celtic year takes place on August 1, known in Ireland as Lughnasadh, "the assembly of Lugh," one of the chief gods of the Tuatha Dé Dannan. It marks the midpoint of the summer half of the year between May and November and is the first of the three autumn months. In the Christian era the festival on August 1 became Lammas, the name derived from hlaf-mæsse (loaf-mass), the Old English name for the feast, when a loaf made from the first ripe grain was taken to church to be consecrated upon the altar. Rosemary ~ an herbe of Lammas

All who come into contact with Rosemary are blessed with the gift of remembrance.  Rosemary tones the mental faculties of those of all ages, but of elders in particular, keeping their memories intact. Rosemary is a special ally for elderly storytellers, aiding them in accurately preserving and telling the stories which keep us linked to our heritage and help us understand the weather that have shaped our families.

The wild folk and peasants held that rosemary would only grow well in a house where women were the dominating force. Rosemary was also revered by the Spaniards as one of the bushes that gave shelter to the Virgin Mary.

Rosemary Oil

  • jojoba oil or a cold-pressed organic olive oil
  • fresh or dried rosemary leaves

When making an infused oil from dried leaves, fill your jar only one-third of the way, as the leaves will draw the olive oil into themselves as they impart their own volatile oils to the matrix.   Makes an excellent cooking oil. When steeped in jojoba oil helps hair grow, massage it into the scalp rather than on the hair. Baking Bread ~ a Lammas Ritual

In a large mixing bowl combine:

  • 2 cps. milk warm to the touch
  • 2 packages dry baking yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cp. honey
  • 1/4 cp. dark brown sugar

Cover bowl and set it aside in a warm place until it has doubled (about 1/2 an hour)

Add to this mixture and stir until bubbly:

  • 3 tbsp. softened butter
  • 2 cps. unbleached white flour
  • Sprouted wheat if you wish

Then mix in:

  • 1 cp. rye flour
  • 2 cps. stone-ground whole wheat flour

With floured hands turn this dough out onto a floured board and gradually knead in more unbleached white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your fingers.

Place this dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that the dough is greased, then cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a warm place to rise until it is doubled (about an hour). Then punch it down and divide it in half. Shape it into two round, slightly flattened balls, and place it on greased cookie sheets. Cover these and return them to a warm place until they double again.

When the final rising is almost complete, with your athame incise a pentagram on the loaf with words such as:

I invoke thee beloved Spirit of the Grain Be present in this Sacred Loaf.

Beat a whole egg and a tbsp. of water together and brush this over the loaves. Bake the loaves in a 300° oven for about an hour, or until they are done and sound hollow when they are tapped.

Resources Herbal Rituals by Judith Berger Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman

Illustration by: Kathy Crabbe, Lammas Blessings, 2013, watercolor and ink on paper, 8x10”. 

Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative SoulKathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through online resources, inspirational art, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks, and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

Summer Solstice Fairy Blessings & Beverages

Kathy Crabbe, Solstice Blessings, 2013, watercolor and ink on paper, 8x10”.Happy Solstice to all! Summer is the season of fire; healing fire; a time to work on Fire Magick; to purify and burn away the old, so that like the phoenix we can return stronger than ever. Solstice means "standstill" and refers to the way that the sun appears to rise and set in the same place for a few days around June 20 and 21. People in Europe traditionally lit bonfires to celebrate the sun at its height of power and to beg that it not withdraw into winter's darkness. Fires ritually strengthened the sun to help ripen fruits and grain and it protected humans and livestock from insect-borne disease.

  The Lords of Shadow

Where the water whispers mid the shadowy rowan-trees I have heard the Hidden People like the hum of swarming bees: And when the moon has risen and the brown burn glisters grey I have seen the Green Host marching in laughing disarray.

Fiona MacLeod

Summer Solstice Ingredients to make a Tasty Tipple

  • Rose, marigolds, geranium, hyacinth, nasturtium, violets and other summer blossoms (for decoration)
  • Fire herbs: allspice, basil, bay, clove, dill, fennel, ginger, nutmeg, peppermint
  • Flavourings: cashew nut, lime, orange, pomegranate, pineapple, walnut
  • Any beverage which is bright red or golden yellow in colour
  • Prepare beverage at noon, when the sun is most powerful

Resource Guide A Witches Brew by Patricia Telesco Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman

Kathy Crabbe, Kattern is grace under pressure, 2003, mixed media on paper, 8x10”.  Kathy Crabbe, Kattern is grace under pressure, 2003, mixed media on paper, 8x10”. 

Creative Soul Suggestion: You have a choice; to be truly alive in each and every second or to die a bit with each breath. You choose.

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Happy Spring Equinox!

Happy Spring 2013: Photo by Kathy Crabbe

Photo by Kathy Crabbe ~ from my nature walk in celebration of the Spring Equinox

Mother awakens! She stirs, sending forth shoots and leaves, whispering sweet desires, coaxing forth all who seek release from the bonds of Winter's Night. At solstice we sheltered, tiny in the still fathomless darkness. Now like the bird in the eggshell, we've swelled to fill the space. Our world grows tight, cramped. We feel anxious, our resources nearly gone. Time to peck our way out and claim the promise of Spring.

How? First, notice and name What Binds You. Name the prisons of fearsome circumstance, disillusionment, environmental crisis. Notice what feels stifled, blocked hopeless. Then circle together to Turn It Around! Stir and flex your power. Stretch and moan, rock and sing, and break free at the peak. Emerge from the broken shell of winter. Feel lightened, lifted, determined to leave the old world in shards behind you. Sparkling and sovereign stride into the Gateway, between the twin pillars, one light one dark. Unbound, blessed and surging, retrieve the trust that comes with balance. Thrive in the burgeoning. light.

Marian Spadone, from the We'Moon Datebook 2013

Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative Soul

Winter Solstice 12-21-12

What did the stable hand do when he had seen the face of God? . . . he returned to the stable. ~ from Meditations with Meister Eckhart by Matthew Fox

In response to the question many of you are asking me, "What's going to happen on 12-21-12, the 'end of the Mayan Calender' and the Winter Solstice?" my short reply is "I'm returning to the stable" and by that I mean:

Meditating > at 11:11 am on 12-21-12

Painting

Journaling

Being in nature > here's a slide show of what that looks like.

Loving

Kathy Crabbe, For Per, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48”.

Kathy Crabbe, For Per, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48”.

Insights from my favorite astrologer, Barbara Hand Clow & Gerry Clow in Alchemy of Nine Dimensions:

So how are you finding yourself today? Are you ready to address any imperfections you may find, with neutrality, and even with some self-love? Good. You are on the path to taking responsibility for your own wellness and stability.  (Gerry Clow)

If your home is not stable, see what is making it unstable and make it stable. Your home is a direct reflection of your own body, of your own stability.  A home can be a van, a tent, a mansion: All are worthless if they are not stable, and priceless if they are. (Gerry Clow)

So, awareness first. Then, what to do about it. Being aware is the first step. The second, immediately after the first, is not judging yourself, Say to yourself: This is how I am finding myself today. That is what is called being neutral - not positive, or negative, just neutral. (Gerry Clow)

For most indigenous people, the New Year is the Spring Equinox, and that is the time to manifest! The first three months of the new year up to the Summer Solstice are the time to receive and actualize things. The next three months up to the Fall Equinox are the time to develop these things, and the three months up to the Winter Solstice are the time to complete what we have been creating. The final three months in the winter up to the next Spring Equinox are the time to go into deep contemplation about the larger meaning of these creations. Then the new Spring Equinox is the time to create new manifestations for another whole year...Once you really see all the potential you have, ordering your life by the seasons and the lunar cycles and using manifestation become essential.

The reason most people get stuck in meaningless jobs (and lives) is because they follow orthodox belief systems. In my life, I've watched many people disempower themselves by seeking the divine, instead of just finding it in nature or in other beings by loving them.

By following whims and creating new realities in 3D, the corresponding mist thickens and new things manifest instantly in the solid world. Have you ever followed up on an intriguing course of action, and it manifested so quickly that you could hardly handle the results? This is a sign you are really in tune. Creation works best when you move quickly to grasp the potential or seize the moment.

To organize cycles on Earth, the great being in the Galactic Center - Tzolk'in - created the Mayan calendar to orchestrate Earth's evolution. Calendars are formats for spiritual masters who orchestrate specific time waves by working with the Keepers of all nine dimensions. Tzolk'in, the Keeper of 9D, is orchestrating events on Earth for this twenty-five year period (from 1987-2012 - galactic synchronization)...We are coming to the end of this long game (going on for 26,000 years), when the activation in the Galactic Center opens our crowns. The rest of our time through 2012 will be truly memorable, and working with our minds is where we already have the most skill. Now we need to discern - and master - frequencies.

The Mayan calendar has now become the operating manual for human potential, and it is one of the few things in 3D that makes any sense. It is a huge time wave that functions as an attractor in the sky that is sucking us into a new stage of development, the apotheosis of Earth's biology. We are the pinnacle, and the transmutation of our reptilian minds will send us into the stars if we can learn to respect our planet.

Life on Earth will not end: Instead, Earth will expand into the Milky Way, which the Selfish Biocosm hypothesis predicts; "Baby Universes" will be intelligently designed and sent out to populate the universe.

Recommended listening: Journeys through Nine Dimensions by composer Michael Stearns. Alchemy of Nine Dimensions Barbara Hand Clow

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Willow Goddess: Celtic MayDay Blessings

Kathy Crabbe, Daffodil & Solara, 2001, watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11”.

Welcome, with your lovely greenwood choir, summery month of May for which I long! ~ Welsh, 14th Century

When the gates of Beltaine swing open on May 1, sunlight and blossom welcome the procession of the year into the green halls of summer...we celebrate life, growth, love, and sexuality: "the force that drives the green fuse through the flower," in the words of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. ~ from Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman

Kathy Crabbe, Willow Goddess, 2000, silk dyes on silk, 8.5 x 11”.

Druidic Sacred Tree Saille - The Willow 5th Lunar Month Bird: Hawk Color: Haze Gemstone: Blood-Red Carbuncle

Beltane is the 2nd cross-quarterly festival day and is sacred to Sappho, the poet, Fairy Queen Brigid and the goddess Dana. Midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it celebrates the full blossoming of the spring. At May Eve, the goddess is one of Love and Death such as Freya, Frigg, Holda, Held, Hilde, Goda, and Ostara. Traditionally, this celebration was an orgiastic revel which celebrated the Maiden's coming of age and the rebirth of flowers and the fertility of the Earth. ~ Paraphrased from Year of Moons, Season of Trees, Mysteries and Rites of Celtic Tree Magic by Pattalee Glass-Koentop

The paintings above are available as originals, prints and cards. Please email me for more information.

More Beltaine Musings can be found here.