It’s the time of Lughnasa, the festival of the harvest in the Celtic calendar and the final cross-quarter day in the cycle. Each of the eight festivals in the Celtic Wheel brings with it new energies rooted in the natural world. Each festival is a threshold that marks the change. This is the gift and the challenge of working with the cycle. At each festival, we are invited to let go of the old season and move into the new.
About 10 days ago the weather was glorious here in Dublin. The first real touch of the summer sun’s warmth on the skin.
As I strolled between meetings in the city I was suddenly aware of how my body felt more open in the warmth of the sunshine. I also noticed the faces of people on the street were more open and appeared softer than usual. The buds on the trees lining the streets felt like they were smiling open.
And then I remembered things open in warmth. Buds open and we humans open. It’s nature and our nature.
Right now, here on planet earth, we are moving through the twice-yearly threshold of the Equinox — the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox in the southern half of the planet. Equinox means “equal night”, when the length of daylight and the darkness of the night are equal.