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Harvest Blessings reader, here is the Circle of the Stag August News!

Coffee Corner

Thank you to all who attended our July Coffee Connections at Twisted Java! We had over 20 people attend with great conversations and new people to get to know!

Our next Coffee Connections will be August 27th at Twisted Java - 2615 W 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67203. Look for an event posted on our Facebook soon. We are hoping as these meetings mature we may be able to come up with fun ideas or topics to share.

Upcoming Events to Note

AUGUST 5TH - Going Against The Grain! A Lammas Celebration hosted by Amanda Bainum at the First Uniteratian Universalist Church of Wichita from 6pm-9pm.
AUGUST 18TH-20TH - Tribal Gathering 2017 - Camp Gaia, McLouth KS. $40 for the weekend including camp fees. Tickets at gate only.
AUGUST 21ST - Solar Eclipse - various events around Kansas City and Missouri.
AUGUST 25TH - Final Friday with Phlox - Old Town Square 8pm till end.
AUGUST 27TH - Coffee Connections with Circle of the Stag.

Lammas; A Look Beyond Agriculture

by B'Aylana

Hello there all you lovely, delicious, sexy Witches/Druids/Heathens/Pagans/Others! We've reached the first of the three great harvest festivals in Wicca (Lammas, Mabon, and Samhain). The party time of Beltane and Litha is over, Babeeeez. It's time to get back to work. Those of us who are "agriculturally active" will be busy with harvesting, canning, freezing, drying, etc. enjoying the great bounty the Earth Our Mother has to offer us. Our growers learn the lessons of the sabbat in a visceral way; ripping the fruit from the vine, tearing the roots from the ground. And those of us who tend to our meat sources know very well that sacrifice is is essential to our survival and well-being.

Sacrifice is a central theme of Lammas. The God of the Golden Grain willingly lays himself before the Goddess as Mother and Queen. She cuts Him down, and his body is ground into flour to feed their children. (That's us, fellas.) This myth is where we get the folk song "John Barleycorn Must Die," and the idea behind the burning of an effigy made of corn.

Those of us who are a little more, ahem, "urban," can still align ourselves with the energies of Lammas by tuning in to sacrifice in other forms. Take a deep breath and sink in to your chair a little. Think of the sacrifices you have made for the people you love. What have you given up to support your child... your friend... your parents... your spouse? Did you sacrifice your time? Did you let go of some money? Did you let go of a career or dream for the greater good?

Take another deep breath and switch your focus. Think now on the sacrifices others have made for you. Think on what your parents have done for you. What has your lover sacrificed for you? Think on our military and police force. Our firefighters. What about that third grade teacher who takes extra time from his day to connect with a struggling student? Think of the activist facing ridicule and perhaps their safety.

Sacrifice is what makes us a community. It drives us towards our highest ideals. Sacrifice and service enable us to merge the boundaries between the Individual and the Group. Selflessness catalyzes an individual's spiritual growth while strengthening a community. Of course, it is possible to sacrifice too much! But that is a different story and difficult lesson that must be learned.

So over the next few days, think over what must be given up to enable us to live our current lives. Acknowledge what others do for you as well as what sacrifices you make for your family, your community, your city, and your nation?

Until Next Time, My Lovelies!
B'Aylana

August Seasonal Lore

by Alisha
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Full Moon - August 7th

Via almanac.com “Some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.” Different tribes had different Moon name preferences. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux), and ”Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe).”
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New Moon - August 21st



August Birthstone & Flower

The birthstone for the month of August is the Peridot or Sardonyx. The birth flower for August is the Gladiolus or Poppy.
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Lammas Bread

Lughnasadh or Lammas - July 31st through August 2nd

Happy Harvest everyone! If you have crops we hope they were bountiful this year. In August we see the seeds of our labors bear fruit. This is a good time to do rituals pertaining to the completion of projects, reaping the benefits of our actions and thanking the Earth for the wonderful things she provides.

Zodiac

via famousbirthdays.com

“The two zodiac signs associated with the month of August are Leo and Virgo. For those born from August 1st to August 22nd, they are members of the Leo zodiac signs. As one of the zodiac's most attention-seeking signs, a Leo can most likely be identified as zodiac's most natural "star". People born from August 23rd to August 31st are members of the Virgo sign. Compassionate and understanding, the Virgo is one of the most caring of the zodiac signs.”

Symbols of the Season

via thoughtco.com

The Wheel of the Year has turned once more, and you may feel like decorating your house accordingly. While you probably can't find too many items marked as "Lammas decor" in your local discount store, there are a number of items you can use as decoration for this harvest holiday.
Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
Grapes and vines
Dried grains -- sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
Corn dolls -- you can make these easily using dried husks
Early fall vegetables, such as squashes and pumpkins
Late summer fruits, like apples, plums and peaches
Raw Rose Quartz

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by Orin Hart

This is Rose Quartz! She radiates a soft pink energy that feels like cotton candy or a soft warm hug from your favorite person.

She is a gem of the heart bringing in the good vibes of self-love(which can sometimes be hard to access for some of us). Placing it over your heart or just carrying it with you can bring these feelings to you and help you open your heart. Also placing it over your solar plexus brings balancing to your desire and true intent.

If a rose quartz has found you on your journey hold them near and dear to your heart, if not, I hope you are blessed to find one soon!
Next Month Gem

Can you guess next month's?

Around the Spiral Tree

This weekend the Covens of the Spiral Tree Tradition will be gathering in North Dakota for the Spiral Tree Tradition Annual Lammas Retreat. These retreats are open to dedicants and above in any of the STT covens and offer a time for the covens to circle together, build bonds within their own coven and with others from the entire tradition.

This year Circle of the Stag is not going to be in attendance but look forward to the next time we can all circle together.

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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.


-Robert Louis Stevenson
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