Today marks the next festival on the "Wheel of the Year". It is now high summer and Lúnasa is the celebration of this first Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. Our Goddess here is Áine, who presides over the moon, crops, farms and cattle. Aine is revered among Irish herbalists and healers and is said to be responsible for the body's life force.
Make or Buy an Insect Hotel: Encourage beneficial insects and bees to visit your backyard with an insect Hotel. An insect hotel, also known as a bug hotel or insect house, is a manmade structure created to provide shelter for insects. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the specific purpose or specific insect it is catered to. They also attract and provide shelter for ladybirds and lacewings too.
Ecosia is the tech company that puts the ability to do good into the hands of internet users. When you use Ecosia to browse the web, your searches are helping to plant trees and reverse the effects of climate change. Like other search engines, Ecosia makes money from search ads. The big difference is, Ecosia uses its profits to plant trees, where nature and people need them most. The more people that use Ecosia, the more trees we can plant, it’s that easy! So what are you waiting for?
A Circle of Stones, by Erynn Rowan Lauríe, originally published in 1995, offers a unique approach to meditation and Otherworld journeying in a Celtic Pagan context through the use of prayer beads as a focus for understanding early Gaelic cosmology and ways to journey through its three realms of land, sea, and sky. With chapters on ritual, altars, journeying, and communicating with deities, this short book has provided seekers with tools for their spiritual work for nearly twenty years.
The 11'th Hour: In this 2007 documentary film on the state of the natural environment created, produced, co-written and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, we look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. It was directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners and financed by Adam Lewis and Pierre André Senizergues, and distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.
Sarah Robinson. Sarah is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Bath, UK. Her background is in science; she holds an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience and has studied at Bath, Exeter and Harvard Universities. Weaving in her love of all things myth, magic and goddess, Sarah is passionate about creating magic to inspire and transform. Through yoga, meditation and ritual she aims to help everyone connect to their own special magic and inner power.
Celtic Living for the 21st Century:
We recommend Kathryn Kelloggs: "101 Ways to Go Zero Waste". This is a handbook for beginners on how to reduce waste in your household. Kellogg’s main focus in this book is to illustrate waste-free, cost-effective ways of replacing products in order to save space and money. In addition, she gives you several different DIY instructions for home and beauty products and straightforward advice on how to be a responsible shopper.
Celtic Whispers Shop:
If you like the artwork and style of Celtic Whisper’s we also offer our designs on physical products as well. We invite you to visit our shop and see if any of our Celtic Designs would look good on a t-shirt, mug or sticker.
The main harvest time is still to come, but perhaps you can see the signs of abundance and are feeling proud of your work done so far this year. Whatever the season of Lúnasa holds; be Calm and Mindful of your duty as a Celt to protect your family and your tribe, to honour the Elders and our home the Earth. We hope as modern Celts to play our part in fulfilling the Prophecy of the Rainbow, for to be a Celt is to be a Warrior of the Rainbow. Slán agus Beannacht!