Our celebration Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, Festival of First Fruits is the first of three Harvest Festivals. As summer draws to an end, her bounty is ripe for gathering. The first loaves of bread are baked from this year’s grains. Fruits are waiting to be canned or made into pies and jams and while the weather is good, people come together at County Fairs which mimic the Lughnasadh Fairs of Ancient Celtic times.
Look at the beauty of this ritual altar with the fresh fruits and veggies and the baked bread. I love the array of colors.
It is good to give thanks for our life, our blessing, our harvest. Blessed Be
Bob is the guy who mentioned Prayer Flags to me. I decided to thank him by giving him his own set of Prayer Flags which you can see in the first picture I posted here.
The second picture is taken in Bob’s back yard and it is set up for a drumming meditation night. Such a beautiful experience to attend. As you can see my prayer flags are in the background. It does my heart good to know he really liked them.
It is a blessing to be able to gift someone and know you brought them joy.
A good friend was talking to me after our book club. He ask me if I could make Prayer Flags and to be honest I had NO idea what he was talking about. I was aware of Tibetan Prayer Flags and Buddha Prayer Flags and so the seed was planted.
A few days later I decided to figure out how to make Pagan Prayer Flags and so the can of worms was opened up big time. This is so addictive and so much fun. The world of possibilities have opened up after I completed this project. My head is spinning with lots of new ideas that I am sure I will posting here at a later date. Smiles and giggles.
My lesson learn is to be open to suggestions, give it a try, and if you want it bad enough you will find a way to make it happen.
Again I give thanks for being able to take an idea and create it into my form of artwork. For me artwork is like meditation – I relax and let the troubles of the world just disappear for a little while and just be one with my artwork.
I have decided to design some gift bags that are special for the Pagan shoppers. You go into a store to by something special for yourself or a friend and now you can add that little something special to complete the shopping experience. This is one of the bags I have designed. My idea is to have it be whimsical and fun.
This is a lesson learned – to finally realize that we as pagans should get our artwork out there so others can enjoy it. To not hide who or what we are. We matter!
I am blessed with the ability to draw and design and I am making use of the Goddess given talent.
I have a friend Cheri that does Tarot Card Readings and she is such a sweetheart. She will be doing readings at Festival in August and I wanted to give her something that made her booth stand out, so I made her this cloth sign to hang up. I gave it to her yesterday at a ritual for Lughnasadh and she just loved it.
It is a one of a kind gifts. No one else will have one! I hope this brings her many customers that will be amazed by her talents.
There is one thing I know for sure and that is to value beautiful friendships. They are worth their weight in gold. I am glad Cheri and I are friends.
Oh yes I have had many of those ‘Fu** You days and I am sure there are many more to come. Now I see it as it is – just a bump in the road and I don’t take it personal. I try to look for the lesson that may be there for me to learn. If none then I just have to accept that this too shall pass and not dwell on it. One question I ask myself is ‘is this worth pursuing’ and ‘ why does this push my buttons’. Is it linked to my past experiences and it needs to be looked at again and resolve some issues that are lingering around. Is it myth or is it fact? It is all in the eyes of the beholder and that means it comes right down to our perceptions.
Actually I am finding that using this technique there are fewer and fewer ‘One of those day’ moments. Giving thanks for this.
I have known all along the benefits of gratitude and those of you that know me are aware of my many art journals with much display of gratitude found within. It is an amazing journey to be able to do what I love (artwork) and add gratitude journaling to the mix.
There are many benefits of journaling and I will share just a few here:
- Reduces stress
- Increases focus
- Allows you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind
- Balance and harmonizes
- Builds self-confidence
- Acts as your own counselor
- Brings out natural beauty and wisdom
- Helps identify your values
- Aids in connecting cause and effect
- Awakens the inner voice
- Directs intention and discernment
I love to journal and I get excited about adding my artwork to each page. For the past couple of years I have sat down with a nice glass of wine on New Year’s Eve and viewed my journaling for the past year. I reflect on the learning and growth I have done during the year. Many times I get a Ah Ha moment. It’s all good.