Its Lughnasadh here in New Zealand, the year is slowing turning from high summer to the beginnings of the autumnal season, and its raining. The rain is a good thing as it has been a hot and dry summer, one of those summers where fires have been caused by idiots throwing their cigarette buts out the car window as they drive by, which while Lughnasadh is a ‘fire’ festival cigarette but fires are not really what it is about, but I digress..
This year once again I am on the hunt for a new job as my fixed term contracted job has come to an end. At the same time I am looking at expanding my business Urban Witchery, and launch my new label Hang It All NZ, which if all going to plan, will be in six months. So this means that while I am hunting for new work I will also be building my stock up, (read as doing a ton of designing and sewing) so that I have a bunch of Wall Hangings ready to sell and a Bunch of New Zealand Themed Tapestries for Hang It All NZ as I am hoping to have an exhibition in the middle of the year, as a part of launching that lable. I might even get a few more blog posts written and posted about the place. Things are indeed very busy, not to dissimilar to harvesting, so aptly right for the season.
My Lughnasadh rituals this year involved physically cleaning and organising my fabric and studio (also my lounge) and cleansing my house. As this was being done I was also setting the energy for the next few months, not sowing seeds as such, but more clearing away the chaff and removing a few of the overgrown weeds, so that I can use the last of the summer energy to bring bounty and blessiings into my house and home. As I sorted out my various Wall Hanging designs, I made plans for the coming months. As I tidied and folded my fabrics, I re-organised my days so that I could achieve balance, between looking for work, creating works of art from fabric and a little bit of time off. As I removed the unusable fabric scraps, and rubbish from the corners, I also girdled my loins, as job hunting is difficult in these times and I know that it is easy to lose heart. As I burnt frankincense I set the intention of what type of job I was looking for, and the life I intended to make, and finally as I vacuumed, I sent this collected energy and intent out to the places that it needed to be. And you thought I was a Hedgewitch.. *winks*
And lastly I enjoyed the company of some old friends, where Mead, Tea and the most excellent Peanut butter cookies was had.
I am tentatively looking forward to the coming months to see how it all unfolds. I have set some strong foundations, made some excellent plans, and sorted out the dreck from the corners of my house, so that the energy and magic continues to move and flow in the direction that I wish, rather than growing weedy or stagnant. I have blessed, planned, sorted and created intent. And sent that intent out to where it will help bring in the Autumn Harvest, so to speak.
So how did you spend your Lughnasadh or Brigid (Imbolc) for those of you in the northern hemisphere?