Coming soon, about a week after the Leo New Moon, is the agricultural “first fruits” holiday, Lammas. It’s traditionally celebrated on August 1 and is astrologically exact on August 6/7 (when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Leo). It is energetically exact whenever you become aware of the spiritual truth that you are an expression of the Sun.
One way to evaluate your current “sunniness” and creative harvest, is to check into the condition of your solar plexus. Are you feeling strong or weak there? A vital Sun feels confident and potent; a tired Sun feels inadequate and powerless. On the scale between feeling “special” and “lackluster/ordinary,” where do you fall this year? Every year’s harvest is different. Wise farmers don’t beat themselves up for poor harvests; they learn from them. Whether you’re in the midst of a creative high or low, Lammas is an auspicious time to evaluate your own laboring. How is this your harvest? Honor this cross-quarter moment with a small ceremony, nothing fancy, just something sincere. But do give it a little time and attention: take a Lammas break!
If you have an altar, light a candle; observe its flame for a few minutes. Beside the candle place the “first fruits” of whatever work it is you have been involved in over the past six months: the page of a book, an article of clothing representing a child, a flower from a garden, a business ledger, musical instrument, or even a tool representing a computer. Consider the journey you’ve taken so far through 2014. What labors have you endured? Was there stormy weather in the form of dark days of doubt or disbelief that you had to suffer through? As you contemplate your labors, you may begin to see the ways in which your efforts are beginning to bear fruit. If you are a parent, you may see a subtle maturing in your child; as a writer, you may see how an abstract idea took root to become a fully-formed project; or, if you are a businessperson you may notice how your company is beginning to prosper. However big or small, honor and acknowledge what is coming to fruition through your efforts as an expression of the Sun.