August 1st is the Pagan festival of Lammas or Lughnasad. Traditionally, corn dollies were made on this festival to honour the grain goddess.  It’s the first festival of the harvest and a time when of honouring the passing of the light and the reaping of the grain.
Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves.  Spend a few minutes contemplating on what you’ve regretted this year so far, what you’ve said goodbye to, what you have nurtured and grown and what you hope to hold on to in the future.

Here’s my Lammas list:

Regrets – that I haven’t changed my job and jumped into full time self-employment (but I’m working on it).

Farewell – I’ve had to say farewell to various family members.

Harvest – I’ve grown plants for the first time 🙂

Preserve – the love I feel for my husband and my sons.

So, what’s your list?  Add a comment and let me know 🙂

Bright Blessings



Talking to myself

Paul and I have two young sons and I often do feel like I’m talking to myself (for example how many times have I said ‘don’t play with doors’ and ‘mind your finger’?? – see previous accident post).

However, yesterday I found myself quite literally talking to myself.

I settled down to do a reading for a client.  I picked up the Fey Tarot deck then decided against it (last week was a Fey week but it didn’t feel right this time!) as I put it back the Hanson-Roberts deck caught my eye.  I hardly ever use this deck –  I don’t know why really as it’s quite charming.
Anyway, for my client, I drew the Four of Pentacles in relation to her work situation.  As usual the card just spoke to me and I gave her sound advice based on this card.

Four of Pentacles

During the reading I was hit quite hard with the feeling that this client was a means for me to follow my own advice.  I’m in a situation like the card where I’m holding on tightly to a work situation even though the universe is prodding me to leave it behind and follow my passion in life.  I’m clinging to my something which really isn’t me – it’s time to be like the Fool and follow my heart’s desire 🙂

I am always amazed at how the Universe lines up the exact thing at the exact time.  I’ve given myself some brilliant advice… sometimes talking to yourself does pay off!!



Surf the Light Fantastic

Good morning all,

Today I was speaking with Lyn and she triggered some flashbacks.  I started thinking back to my surfing days and reliving that one of a kind feeling of riding a wave.  To those of you who have not experienced it, let me just say that there is a feeling that combines freedom, humility, and power.  And the inner feelings of that cocktail can leave one feeling quite heady.  Even as I type this in my small warm office in the middle of a suburb, I can feel the sun on my skin, hear the sound of the waves crashing upon the land, and taste the perfect taste of salt.

I began to think how surfing is so much like the way that we could experience life.  Impossible you say?  Perhaps, but somehow in my mind that has been twisted and torqued from years of experience it makes perfect sense.  Perhaps this is because my brain has more scar than tissue these years, or just maybe the gentle Universe has allowed me into a special place. 

If this be the case, I invite you to join me as I prepare to surf the Light Fantastic.  Walk by my side and feel the cool air and the wet sand.  Look at the ultimate wave that at first glance appears absolutely menacing and feel your heart pulsing and pounding with excitement.  You are about to take the greatest ride there is.  True you can only do it once in your current body but the compensations are beauty beyond human speech to describe, an adrenaline flow that makes sky diving feel as a walk in the park, and the possibility of passion that makes the most romantic of novels seem to be paltry descriptions of puppy love.  Can you feel your soul reaching out with ghostly fingers to grasp the picture I paint? 

Now lets paddle out from the land on our boards.  The icy water causes goose flesh and is at points uncomfortable.  But as we keep our eyes on the biggest wave, we hardly notice this fact.

We have come far enough….position yourself in front of the wave.  No! It does not want to swallow you.  It can with great ease, but it is not its desire.  What does it want then?  Wait half a second more and I will explain.  Steady now…..

Here we are mounted on the top of the greatest of waves (otherwise known as the “Universe” or “The Light Fantastic”).  Isn’t it beautiful!  Look at all that lies ahead of us.  Treasures and riches beyond belief.  Now do you understand?  This wave wants us to work with it to achieve all that we dream.  It has power beyond belief to take us where we long to be, and it actually desires to do this.

Be careful to navigate your board well or you might wipe out.  Many do.  Fortunately, the wave reforms after having delivered the good surfers to the shore.  Unfortunately, before it does your wipe out might have caused you to plunge beneath the sea and have banged your head.  I know it hurts….I have done this several times myself.  Get back on your board and crest once again that perfect wave after you have grieved a bit.  Don’t stop riding until you reach the beach (regardless of the number of wipe outs).

Most of all, don’t be someone who watches the surfers with longing in their eyes wondering if they could do it.  Their end unless they are motivated to change is to be drowned as they question possibilities but accept the mundane.

My friends, the surf is up!  Come ride with me on the Light Fantastic!!