August 2018
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Happy Lammas:
Gratitude and Sustenance?


Article by Molly from her blog Woodspriestess at PaganSquare.

I touch the earth and offer gratitude
 for this land I call home.
I reach towards the sky and offer gratitude
for sun, moon, and stars.

I place my hand on my heart
and breathe deep, offering gratitude

for all that I am and all that I have
and for the many blessings of my life…

As we reach the celebration of First Fruits, Lammas, on August 1 (or August 7), it is a beautiful time to reflect on the abundance in your life, the bounty around you, and that which you are harvesting or savoring.

“Eating the first corn, cutting the first ripe tomato, grilling fresh fish in the open air: if done consciously, these can become rituals of love and thanksgiving to the earth that sustains us.”

–Patricia Monaghan, The Goddess Companion

What is sustaining you this summer?

This year I have once again created ample space for the renewal, magic, and power of regular contact with nature. We go to the river at least once a week. I go to the woods every single day. I take breaks during the work day to stand outside barefoot and lift my arms to the sky and feel the firm earth beneath my feet as the breeze ruffles through my hair. We often go swimming with the kids and my parents in the late afternoon. These daily acts renew my spirit and sustain my soul.

Listen.
My heart overflows with abundance
and gratitude.

I know the magic
of golden kernel
plump berry
rich ground.
The symphony of wheat and corn
And what it feels like to dance sunlight into wine.

(Note: A free guided audio First Fruits Ritual around these themes is available here.)

Molly
has been “gathering the women” to circle, sing, celebrate, and share since 2008. She plans and facilitates women’s circles, Red Tents, seasonal retreats and rituals, Pink Tent mother-daughter circles, and family ceremonies from her tiny temple space in rural Missouri and teaches online courses in Red Tent facilitation and Practical Priestessing.

Molly is a priestess who holds MSW, M.Div, and D.Min degrees. She finished her dissertation about contemporary priestessing in the U.S. She is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer, and The Red Tent Resource Kit. Molly and and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses, original goddess sculptures, mini goddesses, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove (http://brigidsgrove.com), where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets.

Coming this Fall: Witches&Pagans #36 "Gods, Goddesses & the Glorious Divine"

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Witches&Pagans #36 - Gods, Goddesses & the Glorious Divine 

Focus on Understanding the Gods
To Walk with Orisha: The Path of Connectedness. Manny Tejeda-Moreno leads us on a path replete with Spirit, power, and passion.

To Soar with the Butterflies: Sigyn, Lady of Compassion. Erin Lale describes the ancient lore -- and modern gnosis -- of this underappreciated Norse goddess.

His Name Means Ecstacy: Exploring Sacred Marriage in Northern European traditions. A passage into relationship magic with the gods, by priestess Shirl Sazyinski.

Riding with the Frauen. Discover the hidden goddesses of Germanic culture with loremistress Heidi Parton.

Wisdom of the Holy Isle: Gods & Goddesses of Avalon. Explore the deities of the Celtic Otherworld with Sithearain Nicleoid.


Focus on Daily Devotion
Religio Romana. Roman polytheist Virginia Carper describes her day-to-day practice of having a proper relationship with the Gods.

A Party for Parvati. Want a truly humbling experience? Go to where people who are indigenous to your practice shop, by Deborah Castellano.

Surrounded by Deity. Irisanya reveals what’s it like to be devoted to many gods and goddesses at the same time.

Focus on Pagan Living
Our columnists weigh in on bringing the divine into your life Including:

Thorn Mooney & Eurus offer answers to your witchy questions. In this issue: "How Do I Connect to a God?"

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