What is a “harvest festival?” I’m glad you asked.
Before the Industrial Revolution (1750 – 1914) agriculture was the life’s blood for mankind around the world. In the beginning, man was a nomad “hunter-gatherer.” There was no social interaction as no one stayed in one place or area long enough. Nomads followed animal migrations as their means for survival. Then, approximately 12,000 years ago, Neolithic man discovered that wild grains, plants, fruits and berries were edible. Traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyles were abandoned in favor of permanent settlements and a reliable food source and supply from Mother Earth. Agriculture was born, villages and civilizations were founded, and because crops and animals could now be farmed, acceptable social norms and beliefs took hold.
As early agricultural societies sprang up around the globe, so did nature-based worshipers. Farmers and herders often looked to the night sky for guidance and to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Agricultural societies spun myths and created rituals to magnify their relationship with the land, nature, and the Creator. They developed rites for marriage, fertility, birth, death, planting, rain and harvest.
A harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest. Allowing for the differences in climate and crops around the world, harvest festivals can be celebrated at various times at different places. Harvest festivals typically feature feasting with foods that are prepared from crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival. Socializing with family, friends and neighbors, ample food, and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields were three main reasons for harvest festivals.There are three major harvest festivals that are still celebrated today: First Harvest: Lammas (grain harvest) on August 1st or 2nd. Second Harvest: Mabon (Autumn Equinox) on September 21st. And the Third Harvest: Samhain (Celtic New Year) on October 31st. When all is said and done, the Wheel of the Year begins again.
Sorry for the late post, but, I had to give August a chance to right itself after the chaos and confusion that the cosmos threw at us in June and July. LOL!
The long Jupiter retrograde finally comes to an end on August 11th. We have had several months to think, plan, map out, evaluate, sort, and soul search. When Jupiter goes direct on August 11th, we can finally move forward and put our plans for expansion into action. In other words, “Spread your wings little birds and fly!” The only one holding you back is you. There is change ahead, and it’s your turn to get on the band wagon for adventure. What adds even more fuel for this fire is that Jupiter has been visiting Sagittarius, the zodiac sign that it rules! It has been stationed in Sag since November 8, 2018, and will be there until December 2, 2019. Sadly, it won’t be back again until 2030. *sigh* So, now is the time to take that Leap of Faith, and make things happen!
On August 15th there will be a Full Moon in Aquarius. Humanitarian acts and social justice will be the theme of this Full Moon. As the moon begins to wane there will be a dramatic feeling of being grounded, both in our thoughts and our actions. The Sun will enter earth sign, Virgo on August 24th. If there is an ounce of perfectionist, practicality or pioneer in your personality, it will definitely show itself during Virgo season.
The end of August will bring an unofficial close to the summer season as we celebrate Labor Day Weekend. The New Moon on August 30th in Virgo will begin to manifest the good things that you have been working towards.
Be happy. Be safe. And above all else, laugh! There is no fix for stupid! LOL!
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