Spirit Message of the Day -Time for Celebration and Careful Reflection

The Harvest by Mickie MuellerHARVEST
“When this card appears it addresses the fruits of ones labor. This card speaks of receiving in accord with the personal effort that has been exerted. In essence this is a card of matched energy that returns back to the originator. The card can also indicate the completion of a matter or a situation.”

The Pagan theme of Harvest is associated with the Lord of the Harvest figure. He represents the living Spicom_wheatrit of Land. Is is an ancient belief that this spirit is passed into the sheaf when it is gathered and bound. This prevented it from escaping the fields during the harvest, and thereby the land was kept fertile. The life of the Spirit of the Land was passed back into the soil at a later time when the fields were being prepared for the planting season.”

“In parts of Europe where the firefly was found, a mystical theme arose. Fireflies mate at the summer solstice season when the grain is nearing maturity. At night hundreds of them swarm over the fields, alighting on the tops of the sheaves of grain. Here the glowing lights appearfireflies like fairies or spirits of Nature. A legend arose that the fairies were passing on their mystical secrets to the grain. This led to a belief that a person could partake of the grain and receive the knowledge of the Fairy race. This theme became the basis of the ritual meal of bread.”

You look out the window of the crone’s cottage and see a man and a woman harvesting and gathering the wheat, but you quickly realize that this is no mortal man or woman, for you sense within that this is the Lady of the Fields and the Lord of the Grain. Spirits have come into the planting fields. It is the Lady that births the Lord from the womb of the earth, and then gathers his life back into herself when the stalk falls and the seed is spilled. he is the risen stalk born of the earth that sways in fields with ripened seed.”

bread“As you watch you see the sickle shine like the silver crescent crown of the Moon Goddess. The wheat flashes its golden hue and displays its ripened tops like the antlers of the Stag-Horned God. The work continues as you watch the harvesting, and in time the grain shall be transformed into bread.”

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide to the Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

The Religion of Harvest
“As October creeps upon us most modern society in the Northern Hemisphere is buckling down for an annual harvest celebration. Some may know this as being Thanksgiving, otRolls of Hayhers may call it Harvest Home, some call it Samhain and still others Harvest Festival. Nearly every culture celebrates it in one form another and almost every culture has always done so.”

“The significance of harvest is intricately woven into our identity as a civilization. Modern images of squash, pumpkins, harvest baskets and hay are only regional representations of something that Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, Africans, East Indians, Classical Greek and Romans, Ancient Egyptians, and Mesopotamians have been doing for thousands of years. Celebrating the result of a year’s crop had a twofold purpose: one was to pat each other on the back for growing such delicious food, but the other was to buckle down and prepare for the winter.”

“Harvest is a time to celebrate, but it is also a time for prudence. Before the modern era, winter wasn’t a picnic. Usually there would be a lot of death, certainly sickness and the harvest’s food was the one thing that kept everyone going. It was a prelude to the dark months because the sun poked its rays further away. A bad harvest meant a bad winter and a good harvest meant a not-so-bad winter. When celebrating the time of Harvest during the autumn, it is good to look at the cycle that this civilization-long tradition represents.”

wheat field truck“It is a time of prudence, reverence and calm. Where we pack our things and carefully plan for the unknown road ahead. It is a time of celebration and it is a time of reflection. The Religion of Harvest is there to remind us that with the seasons come times to let loose and times to buckle down. It may not matter to us that our forefathers depended upon the harvest to survive, but in our world we produce our own harvest. This is the time of year to fall into the ancient current and reflect upon what we’ve produced and how it will get us through the next year.”
Mark Havenner


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