We’Moon Holy Days: Seasonal Blessings

In each edition of the We’Moon datebook, we feature one Holy Day writer who shares with us her unique perspectives of each of the eight holy days. This year, we have the pleasure of sharing the work of Susa Silvermarie. Turned 70 in 2017 and began a new life as an immigrant to Mexico. She blogs, writes for several local publications and runs as weekly Write-to-a-prompt circle as well as a Writers Salon. She enjoys volunteering with an art program for Mexican children and truly loves her life on the shore of Lake Chapala. "Seeking local kindred spirits—come on down!" Visit her website at susasilvermarie.com

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Lammas: We are the gatherers

Shhhh,
be still and watch
where Luna rises
like golden wheat
in the dark oven
of the sky

excerpt ¤ Claire Blotter 2016

 

Lammas

The moon rose, found herself
in the green arms of an apple tree


The gardens, fields, meadows and woods are ripe with abundance. Preparing for the lean time, we harvest the fruits of our labor in gardens and fields. We sing, dance, cook up family and community feasts. We find ways to share food for body and soul with those who are hungry and without hope. 

Lammas (Anglo-Saxon LoafMass) was originally Lughnasad; Lug, sacrificed and resurrected consort of the Great Goddess, embodied the waxing and waning of the vegetative world. Long into historical times, young girls circumbambulated fields, to bless them with fruitfulness, and the harvest was brought in with the Corn Dolly, a remnant of the Great Goddess.

We are not gatherers, harvesting the fruit of our year's work, as what we have given returns to us. We weave garlands of story, song, poetry, dance, memories of spiced days of love, banking flame at the heart's core to see us through winter nights. Bountiful harvest is the same in any language, and celebrated with joy and thanksgiving the world over.

Sherri Rose-Walker © Mother Tongue Ink 2017

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Claire Blotter (Novato, CA) is a Marin Performance poet, lover of ritual and moons in all phases. She has published three chapbooks and produced an award winning video—Wake-Up Call: Saving the Song Birds. She teaches writing to children of all ages. Savesongbirds@yahoo.com

Sherri Rose-Walker (Pacifica, CA) is a poet and artist living on the coast of Northern California. She hosts monthly poetry series, and seeks always to deepen connection to the Divine Feminine.

Sudie Rakusin (Hillsborongh, NC) Her paintings and drawings of women have graced the pages of feminist and Goddess literature for years. She lives in the woods on the edge of a meadow with her dogs and gardens.

 

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