In our cacao ritual for Lughnasadh you can honestly reflect on the year so far. You can celebrate yourself, bring things to a conclusion or let go.
Lughnasadh/Lammas - the 1st harvest festival
On August 1st we celebrate the Celtic annual festival of Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas. It is midway between the summer solstice Litha and the autumnal equinox Mabon and is the 8th Lunar Festival of the year. Lughnasadh (pronounced Luu-na-sah) is named after the Celtic sun estate Lugh and, as the 1st harvest festival, stands for maturity, gratitude and connection with nature.
A central element is originally the grain, which is harvested, baked into bread and shared, thus symbolizing the cycle of life. This is also where the other name "Lammas" comes from, which means something like (bread) loaf fair .
The power of maturity and letting go
It's midsummer and nature is in full bloom. The cornfields glow golden yellow in the sunlight. Dark berries such as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are ripening and the herbs and medicinal plants have transformed the energy of the earth and the sun into their very own magic. The time of greatest fullness and maturity has come, and with it the harvest. In order to be able to harvest, one must cut, which is why Lughnasadh is also called the festival of the reapers.
For us, Lughnasadh is a wonderful opportunity to see what fruits of our seeds, visions, ideas and desires are ripe. Perhaps you have traveled through the annual cycle with us and our rituals so far - and even if you haven't - you have definitely experienced and created so much, like nature, that now is the time to be grateful for the fruits of your labor to harvest.
At the same time, however, it is also the time to separate the wheat from the chaff and to let go of everything that has not worked out, what you no longer need or is no longer in harmony with you.
For this we have a cacao ritual for you, which should help you to honestly reflect on the year so far, to bring things to a conclusion and, if necessary, to let go.
Cacao Ritual "Let go & create space for something new"
Prepare your Ritual Cacao with lots of love and mindfulness.*
Find a quiet feel-good spot and make yourself comfortable with blankets, pillows, candles, and power items.
Invite the Cacao Spirit to support you and to show you clearly what has been important to you over the past few months and what can be brought to a conclusion.
Breathe calmly and deeply into your heart and let an intention come. This can be something like, "I fill my body with gratitude for all that I have already created and let go of what is no longer in alignment with my essence."
Close your eyes and sip your cacao sip by sip and consciously breathe in and out. Imagine taking in gratitude and joy with every inhale and letting go of something that no longer belongs to you with every exhale. Look what pictures come up. Feel free to ask yourself: "What of my visions, ideas has become reality, where can I harvest the fruits of my work?"
Imagine you are standing by a lake. You look into the distance and see the endless expanse. Ask yourself what is getting your time and attention right now. Let everything come what may.
Then ask yourself, "What am I holding on to, even though I know it's time to bring it to a conclusion? What draws me more energy than gives me some?" Imagine putting all of that in a boat and watch it float away. Feel how you become lighter inside and how space is created.
Open your eyes and write down what you saw. What may be let go or cut off? Feel free to write each thing on a separate piece of paper. You can then use them to make sails for paper boats and hand your boats over to a river or lake the next time you go for a walk.
At the end of the ritual, thank you, the Cacao Spirit and all the forces that support you every day and that have accompanied you so far. You can feel into your heart again and let go of everything that came to you on the journey in gratitude and love.
"I release in gratitude and love what I have completed and/or no longer belonged to me. I make space for what is destined for me, for the highest good of all."
We wish you a wonderful ritual and a magical late summer!
* Here we have a recipe and tips for preparing your cacao for you.