Lughnasadh is August 7th

August 7th marks the festival of Lughnasadh – this is the midpoint between Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox. It marks the beginning of the time of ripening, the last moment of rest as summer turns to fall. The labor of planting and tending young shoots is ended. It is a time of pause, a time for treaties and handfastings, a time to make peace.
In our modern world it is easy to forget how important a successful harvest was to our ancestors. They had cause for celebration: A good harvest meant survival in the dark, cold months ahead. A poor or bad harvest signaled the beginning of difficult times. Even though we can nip out to the supermarket whenever we need something, this is a good time to give thought to where our food originates and reverence for the cycles that produce it. Better still, tending a garden keeps us in touch with the Goddess and her bounty. Even if your garden consists only of tomatoes or herbs grown in pots on a balcony, these taste all the sweeter for having been nurtured by your own hands.

It still feels like summer. The mental/emotional indications of the changing seasons are more obvious now than the physical ones. The air is filled with anticipation of the coming fall, of the approaching return to school and of the cooler weather to come. It is also a time of sadness, as the knowledge sets in that the good times of Summer will soon be over. There is a bit of “haste to have fun” before it comes to an end.

Lughnasadh’s mythic patterns center around the young god Lugh, whose name means “light”. He is an example of the Celtic motif of the young son, born magically of a union between the gods and Giants. He is welcome into the Hall of the gods because he is the master of every skill, and he is the slayer of Balor, the sorcerer king of the Fomors, opponents of the gods. He wields the Spear of Victory, that never misses its mark.

Lammas or Lughnasadh also represents the culmination of the marriage between the Goddess and the God that took place on Beltane. The God now becomes the product of that blessed union – the bountiful fruits and grains – and must be sacrificed. He is the personification of the crops that must be harvested for the survival of the people.

Underneath the symbolism of sacrifice is the theme of rebirth. The Corn God must die, and He has to do so in order to return. Without the sacrifice, the cycle stops. Although His strength is waning, His essence is still palpable as His energies begin to merge with the harvested crops. It is at this time that the Sun King has reached the autumn of His years, and His rival (or dark self) has just reached puberty. The Sun God has reigned supreme over the ripening grain during the hot summer months. His dedication, perseverance, and action in tending the seeds sown in spring brings a ripe and fruitful bounty.

(This is an excerpt from my August newsletter)

Posted in Autumn, Newsletter, Practice, Ritual

Reiki in its many forms

I don’t usually put out two blog posts in one day; this needed to be called out though. Today, August 4th, is the last day to register for the Reiki Intensive next weekend (8/11&12/18).

We hear a lot about Reiki these days, if only because so many people are practitioners. It is the form of energy healing that has been studied the most and has the most evidence to support its efficacy. Many hospitals use it, and nurses can receive continuing education credits for it. I had a handful of nurses from City of Hope come through all three levels a number of years ago.

Reiki is complimentary with all other forms of healing. It works especially well with massage and acupuncture, and is an excellent companion to crystals, colored light, and sound. Newborns respond well to it, and dogs love it most of the time. Cats, on the other hand, run Reiki naturally, and can be judge-y about your technique.

Reiki is a form of energy work that anyone can use, it flows naturally through us once the correct channels have been opened and all blocks removed. I find that a certain amount of information and training certainly helps; I have had students over the years take my classes to supplement an original class, simply because their original training was fairly surface level. It is understandable that some Third Level Reiki Practitioners offer attunements without in depth training, since it is a flow we can all have access to. That being said, people who would like to use it professionally usually want to have a solid grasp of all of its aspects.

The majority of the Reiki classes in the United States are the American form of Reiki brought through Hawayo Takata. It is formatted for Westerners, with strict forms, and the training somewhat simplified. The training in Japan is less strict, in some ways, but also has a lot more practice involved in the certification process; it also has a stronger emphasis on the spiritual philosophy aspects. As such, there are some other techniques brought to the table.

Many Teachers insist on 28-30 days in between being attuned to levels one and two, and six months between levels two and three. In this, I am non-traditional – I teach levels one and two together, and I do not always have a six-month gap between levels two and three.

That being said, I haven’t offered level three in a number of years (I have one on the schedule for November). I also incorporate some of the Japanese information, and we take a more analytical look at the history and legends. I put levels one and two into one weekend because so much of the information flows together, and if you want to work on other people, it’s better, in my opinion, to have level two training. I also include information on anatomy, the ethical and legal issues, and things like charting and running a healing practice. Time allowing, also go into some adics about omolimentary forms. iAnd, like so many of my classes, as new information is revealed to me, it gets added to the class, so no two classes are ever quite the same.

Because I do get a fair amount of students who have been through training, I will often make an audit price available to those who are brushing up or deepening their original training. I generally don’t advertise that, so people should reach out and talk to me if that is their case.

Because my training style is somewhat unique and in depth, I do insist that all Level Three candidates have at least audited my lower division training(s). So, if you are interested in going through Level Three with me in November, you should probably talk to me today.

Posted in Classes, Healing, Tools

Angels, aliens, and gods, and the multidimensional self

I have started teaching a class that has been wanting to happen since 2002, called “What in the World…?”. Whether you see aliens, gods, and angels as metaphor, legend, or fact, you might find the video of the first session interesting, simply because I go into a lot of information about the multidimensional self.

It’s also the foundational information for the class, so, should you want to join us, it bears watching. We meet the second Thursday of the month, from 7:30-9:00pm in Atwater Village, at The Crystal Matrix. Registration at least 24 hours in advance is vital.

Posted in Classes, Musings, Mysticism

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