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ENLIGHTENED EATING

Enlightened living and eating with Ama’ritday

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s always it is my pleasure to share what I know! Ama’ritday here and it is time to Eat for Enlightenment. The wheel has turned yet again and we are more than half way through the year. It is time to harvest and enjoy the fruit of our labor. Always remember to honor ourselves our ancestors and traditions. To give thanks for the ever present abundance and goodness, this is our beloved Mother Gaia. She, who never fails year after year with no help, no hurry - our beloved mother bathes us with her love and bounty. Thank you great Mother!

Lammas is the first of three harvest Sabbats/ harvest festivals,( Lughnasadh, Mabon and Samhain) marking the midsummer and beginning of the harvest season. Inviting in the energy of this glorious season, bedazzle the altar with fruits and vegetables. Throughout the house, use food colors such as leaf green, corn yellow, tomato red, and berry purple. Celebrate the beginning of harvest season with lots of cooking and feasting. Create a cornucopia of abundance. What will your horn of plenty contain?

The Sun God is waning, but the Goddess is full on abundance. Even as he wanes, he lives on inside her as her child. Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for medicine, prayer and spirit work in the next year. Make magical oils and tinctures now with fresh herbs. Let’s be mindful to give thanks for the first grains as we honor the spirit of the Sacred Corn Mother, Demeter, Persephone and many other deities, always being mindful of both while having gratitude for the harvest and reverence for the sacrifice being made. This is a time of life, death and rebirth as the cycle of the life has come full circle as it does each and every year. Long ago, our ancestors discovered how to turn 28 | MYSTIK WAY MAGAZINE

ordinary grain into bread and brew. This required meant combining and balancing earth (grain), air (bubbles), fire (baking dough or warming starter), water, and spirit (yeast) — truly an alchemical process! So much lore telling how these traditions came about. July and August’s focus is on corn, grains and bread.

Grain is one of the most important offerings to the nurturing Goddess. Grain was seen as the offspring (son) of the Goddess, which would then grow into the Corn Lord. The Corn Lord wakes in the spring (to be planted and sprout), grow to maturity in the summer and autumn and then die in the harvest. Shedding his seeds to re-seed, he is “Sowing his wild oats” so to speak. This symbolizes the never ending cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth known as the Eternal Return. Lammas is a time of sacrifice, harvest, redemption, renewal, death, mourning and protection.

Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Reflect on this alone or with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, if you can feast around a bonfire, tell stories and love one another and be grateful for one another. Regrets: Think of the things you meant to do this summer or this year that are not coming to fruition. You can project your regrets onto natural objects like pine cones and throw them into the fire, releasing them.

Farewells: What is passing from your life? What is over? Say good-bye to it. As with regrets, you can find visual symbols and throw them into the fire. Harvest: What have you harvested this year? What seeds have your planted that are sprouting? Find a visual way to represent these, perhaps

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