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August - Barley Moon

The Moon of September is the Barley Moon. September is the time of harvesting grains from the fields. When the Barley Moon ascends the blackened sky, people celebrate the fruits of the years labors. 
 

Also known as: Corn Moon, Dispute Moon, Weodmonath (Vegetation Month), Harvest Moon, Moon When Cherries Turn Black

Nature Spirits: dryads

Herbs: chamomile, St. John's wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange

Colors: yellow, gold

Flowers: sunflower, marigold

Scents: frankincense, heliotrope

Stones: cat's eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate

Trees: hazel, alder, cedar

Animals: lion, phoenix, sphinx, dragon

Birds: crane, falcon, eagle

Deities: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hecate, Nemesis

Power Flow: energy into harvesting; gathering, appreciating. Vitality, health. Friendships.Wisdom, logic, and dreams

 Some Moon Lore

An old English harvest Moon ritual
was to gather a key, a ring, a flower, a sprig of willow, a small piece
of cake, a crust of bread, 10 of clubs, 9 of hearts, ace of spades, and
ace of diamonds. Wrap these in a handkerchief and place it under your pillow.
Saying upon going to bed: "Luna, every woman's friend, To me they goodness
condescend. Let me this night in visions see, Emblems of my destiny." If
you dream of storms, it means coming trouble; if the storms end, a calm
fate after strife. If you dream of a ring or the ace of diamonds, marriage:
bread, a good job; cake, prosperity; flowers, joy: willow, treachery in
love: spades, death: clubs, living in a foreign land: diamonds, money:
keys, great power; birds, many children; and geese, more than one marriage.

The English had a saying: that
if a member of the family died at the time of the New Moon, three deaths
would follow.

Many cultures felt that it was
extremely unlucky to point at the Moon, and that curtseys to the Moon would
bring a present before the next change of Moon.

Originally, the term Moon-struck
or Moon-touched meant chosen by the goddess. These people were considered
to be blessed.

It was often said that if a person
was born at a Full Moon, he or she would have a lucky life.

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Barley Moon Ritual

copyright Diana Rajchel 1998


Cast Circle

Circle round as seasons turn
Strong as fire, evil will burn
Here's the temple of Witches' concern

Eastern winds, blow in, blow free
Join me now, be free! be free!

Southern fires warm and light
Join me here, be ever bright!

Western waters, flowing over
Join me here, be fluid cover!

Northern fields, flowing full
Join me here, do be my tool!

Invocation:
Luna, Lady in the Sky
Who rules me on this Harvest Night
The barley ripe, I drink to you
Shining down so full and white!

*meditation and beer drinking time (non-alcoholic O'Doul's is pretty good as that stuff goes)*

This is time to give thanks for the harvest, perhaps make wheat and corn dollies for healing.

Closing:
A toast to the Moon, in farewell
O Luna! My heart does swell
at this departing!

Oh gentle North, who lets me rest
I say goodbye, thanks for help in my quest!

Oh covering West, who sheltered me
I say goodbye, I set you free!

Oh nurturing South, who keeps me warm
I say goodbye, o gentle form!

Oh wandering East, who tells long tales
I say goodbye, and watch you sail!

The circle is open, but never broken
May it go into the universe to do its healing work
and then return from whence it came!