In the Celtic tradition, August 1st in the northern hemisphere is celebrated as the festival of Lammas, a day of thanksgiving for the beginning of the harvest season.
In a normal summer this timing would be about right, however this year, everywhere around, the harvest has been gathered in, some of it even before the beginning of August. Now golden straw bales stand in great piles awaiting collection and the farmers are already fertilizing the fields in preparation for plowing. Even though the sun continues to shine as hotly as ever, this most unusual situation has created the slightly unnerving illusion that the summer holidays are about to finish rather than only just beginning. Even though we know this is not true, the oddness of it all adds to the strange ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feeling that seems to be pervading life in general at the moment.
The Energies of August
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