Happy Lammastide Dear Friends!
August 1st, or the 7th if you follow the Astrological Sabbats, is Lammas. Either way I hope this festival finds you well. Traditionally Lammas is associated with the Grain Harvest, and bread. The main harvests in Florida this time of year are Bananas and Beans and Chiles… What’s a contemporary Pagan to do? Well a little Kunh Pao Chicken after Church today took care of the Chiles.
Seriously though I think I shall try to share meals with some of my seldom seen friends in the next week or so. Changes at the work schedule are making that a little more likely so huzzah!
Also, another minute or so of my 15 has recently happened…. (near the bottom of the article, and Thanks to Rev Kathy for pointing it out!)
In other news… work is progressing on both a business-plan for my eventual Coffee House/Cafe and on a work/book/essay/something on meditation and mindfulness in Pagan practice.
The Harvest that’s been on my mind lately is one of books. I splurged on a few book orders and they have all arrived in…
So i splurged recently on book orders, and my first bundle arrived yesterday Ceisiwr Serith’s A Pagan Ritual Book of Prayer came in a bundle with Singing The Living Tradition, (The primary U.U. Hymnal) Either the Universe or someone at Amazon’s shipping facility has a great sense of humor….
-as I said on Facebook
The other books include…
Singing The Journey (a supplementary U.U. Hymnal),
A Manual For Living by Epictetus (Sharon Lebell trans.),
The Dieties Are Many: A Polytheistic Theology by Jordan Paper,
Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America by Chas S. Clifton,
Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate (which I contributed too! squee!)
From The Satyr’s Mouth: Wit and Wisdom from an Opinionated Polytheist by the ever fabulous H. Jeremiah Lewis (aka Sannion)
On Being Human Religiously by James Luther Adams
…The fascinating, and to some friends and acuaintences scary thing is this is the sort of thing I can read for fun! Those are on top of finishing Man’s Search for Meaning, The Inner Journey: Views from the Gurdjieff Work Jacob Needleman ed., and finishing Pride and Prejudice… which I bought for some relaxing between-the-non-fiction reading and because I’d never read any Austin…… Then there’s the Kathy Reichs novel Spider Bones that I picked up… and Gail Carriger’s latest novel in the Parasol Protectorate series is coming out soon…
Ok, Well, the title of this post says it all… at least I have plenty of weighty reading and I can balance it out with some pure fun reading as things progress… although that’s one of the difficulties with what some folks like to call “200 level” Paganism (as opposed to the popularly and widely published Pagan or Witch 101 books that seem in endless circulation) is that sometimes they are both weighty AND fun so how do you characterize them?
anyhow, I’ve got some reading and writing to get back too…
Pax / Geoffrey Stewart