Southern Hemisphere Lammas/Lugh (Australia)

Lammas aka Lugh is happening the first week of February (February 4th at 6.55pm EST) which makes it the first harvest festival of the new year in the Gregorian calendar in the Southern Hemisphere.  Lammas is all about giving thanks and gratitude for the harvest blessings bestowed upon us.  Although its origins are Irish due to it being a Gaelic festival – its a festival celebrated by various Pagan and Wiccans in the modern day.

Personally I like to observe it, due to being mindful of our season and I tend to offer fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs which are available during this time.  A good way to work out what is seasonal is to check your local grocer/market and note what regional produce is in abundance, which is usually cost effective too.

Australian Seasonal Produce During Lammas/Lugh:

Veggies: tomatoes, corn, avocados, rhubarb, beetroot, cabbage, green beans, asparagus, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, spring onion, peas (all types), silver-beet, zucchini, varieties of greens like lettuce, spinach, water cress, red potatoes, radish, celery, carrot and capsicum.

Fruit: tomatoes, plums, cherries, strawberries,  grapes, apricots, nectarines, berries (blue, black), bananas, mangoes, figs, watermelon, cantaloupe, passion fruit,  lemons, limes,

Herbs: fennel, basil, chillies, chives, coriander, dill, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mint (all varieties), oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, lavender, sunflower and thyme.

As a practitioner in Australia, the way I like to connect to my heritage whilst honouring the land I live on, is to make food which I can then dedicate to the local land spirits, my personal ancestors and my patron gods.  I do this through making food as offerings. These foods not only connect to my Greek heritage but also to the Australian classics and in recent years I have added indigenous ingredients in order to create a fusion of flavour honouring them all.

I make bread for Lammas as tradition dictates, however I also make Pita and Scones. I also like to make tsatziki, roasted lamb with saltbush, Greek salad with wild purslane and meredith feta, lemon myrtle tea cake with quandong jam, macadamia and beetroot pesto pasta, figs with honey and stuffed vine leaves.  All these items are either grown and gathered from my residence or sourced locally from friends or organic farmers which have specific significance to me and the connection to the land I inhabit as well as my heritage.

I also like to create magical items used in ritual and spell craft to honour the season.

Having a paper bark tree in my front yard, I use the paper the tree gifts me and write what I am thankful for with red ochre sourced from a friend’s central Victorian property which was gathered by a stream running through her property.  I burn incense made from gum leaves/nuts and eucalyptus resin I source from nature locally, ensuring I do not hurt or harm the environment .  I also burn bundles of bay laurel, rosemary and eucalyptus (from my garden) before offerings of bottle-brush, wattle, kangaroo paw and and eucalyptus spray (again from my garden or from my neighbours overhanging trees).

 

I have created a simple ritual you can use for Lammas/Lugh which I have shared below:


Setjataset’s Australian Lammas/Lugh Ritual

1. Start off by giving thanks to the people who came before us.

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders, past and present.

2. Create sacred space in whatever manner you are accustomed to.

3. Evoke a God/dess which to you symbolises harvest and home ie Lugh for Celtic tradition, Birrahgnooloo & Gunabibi for Australian Indigenous, Hestia for Greek, Vesta for Roman, Bes for Ancient Egyptian, Frigg for Norse and so on.

4. Burn incense.

5. Leave a food offering and/or libation.

6. Write a petition of gratitude and read it out loud whilst mindfully acknowledging all the blessings bestowed upon you. On the other side of the petition write how you can share some of those blessings with those who would benefit from some assistance from you. It can be something as small as sharing your food to something as big as volunteering your time and energy towards a cause you feel strongly about.

7. Partake in food offering and libation as well as leaving some for the spirits of the land.

8. Thank your God/dess and farewell them.

9. Close and disassemble sacred space in whatever manner you are accustomed to.


Whatever you decide to do for Lugh – remember, its all about the things you are harvesting in your life and giving thanks for those blessings.

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

2020 Sabbat Dates: Southern Hemisphere

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Resolutions

It’s that time again when resolutions are created for the year.  Be it getting rid of a bad habit or introducing a good one, lists are created and promises made – which usually (if not always) fall by the wayside.

This is why I personally don’t prescribe to resolutions.  However, what I like to do is set intentions of what I want to experience for the year with the focus being on what new “thing” I want to learn or immerse myself in.

Last year I had basic ideas of what I wanted to achieve and they came to various degrees of fruition due to planning, time, effort and follow through.

My focus for the year is listed below in bold, whilst my achievements are listed beneath with supporting lists, links or photographs.

Read books recommended by friends:

GoodRead List 2019

Support more artists creating hand-made/self-published items born from their hard work, research, study and/or imagination:

LET US REMEMBER…: A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru

Evensongs for Hekate: Poetry and Prayers

Tamiko Tominaga

Miss Marley Art

Northern Sky

Grimalkin Tarot

Natural Magical Creative

Donate and assist a charity in a different way other than monetary:

It’s In The Bag Women’s Charity

The Social Studio

The Rack

Visit somewhere I haven’t been before which has a spirit of place:

Dandenong’s Hiking Trail (new area I hadn’t explored before)

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Hepburn Springs (Renovated)

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Seaford Beach

SkyHigh Gardens

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Herronswood Gardens

Lavender Hill Farm

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Complete a workshop/course which is connected to my interests, passions and causes I like to support:

Mental Health First Aid Training

CPR Refresher

Masterclass in Assertiveness

Trans Awareness Training (Ally)

Loom Workshop

Crystal Scrying Workshop

Craftivism Workshop

Sarah Munnings Jewellery (Silversmithing Workshops)

bracelet

earings

Woven By Society (Sewing Workshops)

tarot bag

book cover

skirt

 

Create something magical which feeds and inspires my practice:

Khernips Bowl

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Offering Plate

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Crystal Air Plant (Apophyllite/Stillbite crystals and Tillansia Aeranthos Miniata plants)

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Reset Soak

lavender bath soak

Pre-Rite Soap

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Spiritual Anointing Oil

Bitch Be Nice Wash

East Meets West Incense 

Love Soap

Love Anointing Oil

Purification Honey Soap

Protection Scrub

New column in local (Australian) magazine:

What is Crystal Programming

Crystals What Are They and Why Use Them?

Crystal Cleansers

Auset/Isis Crystals

Dowsing With a Crystal Pendulum 

Ancient Egyptian Stones and Crystals (Part 1)

Ancient Egyptian Stones and Crystals (Part 2)

Discover and indulge in, interesting Melbourne-centric foods and drink during catch-ups:
Saint Dreux
Grain Store
Saint Moritz
Cafe ISSUS
Prickly Pear Cafe
Axil Coffee Roasters
Heronswood
Hash Speciality Coffee
Windsor Hotel
Second Home Eltham
Red Hill Brewery
Degraves Espresso Bar
White Mojo
Mork Chocolate Brew House
Auction Rooms Cafe
Hansa’s Steak & Grill Restaurant
Beach Cafe Seaford
5FIVE Bakehouse Kitchen 
Pure South Dining
DOHWA Korean Restaurant
Vaporetto Bar & Eatery

 

Join a hobby group: 

The Diggers Club

 

Visit limited or new art exhibitions:

Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat

RONE Empire

Our Bodies Our Voices Our Marks

Love Exhibition

Escher & Nendo

CraftyQueers: Midsumma 2019 

Kingston Arts: Monsters and Beasts

 

LIFE is about experiences and the way I feel when I – create, visit or support something which inspires and uplifts me.  I find its easier to get energised and complete set objectives if I find personal purpose within the task before me.

Therefore my suggestion for those wanting to set resolutions who then struggle to fulfil them, is to instead write a wish list of intentions, of things you would like to do – to feed your soul and go from there.  That way there is less pressure as the focus is more pleasure in your life.

 

(C) Setjataset – all images and text 2020

 

 

2020 Moon Phases: Southern Hemisphere

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Specific magickal workings need to be conducted on specific moon phases*.  

New and Full Moon Phases for Eastern Standard Time in Australia for 2020:

New Moon Waxing Full Moon Waning
3 Jan 3:45 pm 11 Jan 6:21 am 17 Jan 11:58 pm
25 Jan 8:42 am 2 Feb 12:41 pm 9 Feb 6:33 pm 16 Feb 9:17 am
24 Feb 2:32 am 3 Mar 6:57 am 10 Mar 4:47 am 16 Mar 8:34 pm
24 Mar 8:28 pm 1 Apr 9:21 pm 8 Apr 12:35 pm 15 Apr 8:56 am
23 Apr 12:25 pm 1 May 6:38 am 7 May 8:45 pm 15 May 12:02 am
23 May 3:38 am 30 May 1:29 pm 6 Jun 5:12 am 13 Jun 4:23 pm
21 Jun 4:41 pm 28 Jun 6:15 pm 5 Jul 2:44 pm 13 Jul 9:28 am
21 Jul 3:32 am 27 Jul 10:32 pm 4 Aug 1:58 am 12 Aug 2:44 am
19 Aug 12:41 pm 26 Aug 3:57 am 2 Sep 3:22 pm 10 Sep 7:25 pm
17 Sep 9:00 pm 24 Sep 11:54 am 2 Oct 7:05 am 10 Oct 11:39 am
17 Oct 6:31 am 24 Oct 12:22 am 1 Nov 1:49 am 9 Nov 12:46 am
15 Nov 4:07 pm 22 Nov 3:45 pm 30 Nov 8:29 pm 8 Dec 11:36 am
15 Dec 3:16 am 22 Dec 10:41 am 30 Dec 2:28 pm

Full Moon (Psychic & Manifestation Work)

Waxing Moon (Invoking/Bringing In Workings)

Wanning Moon (Banishing/Pushing Out Workings)

New Moon (Psychic & Invoking Work)

Dark Moon (Banishing & Divination Workings)

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020