Although most of us live in worlds that seem very far from the Earthy rhythms, seasonal awareness still runs deep in our bodies and blood.
In these days of supermarkets, easy access to food from around the globe, and intensive farming techniques, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago, there were no such alternatives. To our ancestors, and to many people in less affluent societies today, a poor harvest meant a harsh winter facing starvation, and very possibly death. Naturally, many of their customs were to ensure fertile fields and a bounteous harvest.
For many indigenous people and our forebears, harvest festivals and rites were not limited to a single day, as our rather perfunctory modern Thanksgiving is. Often they were observed as a succession of holidays. We continue this practice today by observing the three harvest Sabbats of many Pagan traditions: Lughnassadh (or Lammas) is the first harvest in early August; Mabon is the second harvest at Autumn Equinox; and the final harvest is observed at Samhain.
We are now deep in the harvest season, with another important celebration less than one week away. Next week, we will bask under the magical Harvest Moon – the full Moon of September that falls nearest the Equinox.
Also known as the Barley or Hunter’s Moon, the Harvest Moon is a time of protection and prosperity. Even now, the Moon is waxing to her fullness, with tides of power rising day by day. This is, both seasonally and astrologically, an ideal time for working magic to secure abundance, in preparation for the harsh weathers that lie ahead.
The waxing Moon, of course, is the time for weaving spells that call upon increase and growth. This is a magnificent time to nurture one another, to take bold action to improve your health, land the job you’ve wished for, or seek a higher paying position.
Over the next several days, I’ll have some suggestions for some harvest time spellwork and magic that will harmonize with this most magical time. And of course, you are welcome to post your own suggestions.
May our magic bless us every one.