Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Greenman's Door

©Cavendish & Fenech
Drawing this card from the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle (Blue Angel, 2009) as a meditation focus today led me through the looking glass ;)  A very surreal pathworking ensued, with the faery saying she didn't feel like getting off the handle so I could open the door, and the Greenman saying he wasn't sure what was on the other side, as he was facing this way.   Given that the text on the card mentions the Wheel of the Year, and that we are approaching Lughnasadh, I asked him what he could tell me about this feast.  He stated that he was a tree Greenman, not a corn one, and had no idea about Lughnasadh or when oats ripened or whether they look similar to corn before they have been milled.

Afterwards, I turned to the companion book (by Lucy Cavendish) to see if that would give me some insight.  Almost the first thing she said was that these guardians of the Greenman's Door might look like they're just hanging out, but that they are very picky about when and whom they allow to pass!  She then discussed sabbats, which she divides into Gaian (the cross quarter days) and Galactic (solstices and equinoxes).  So, I shall try again on Lughnasadh itself and see if I have better luck :)

In the meantime, here is a picture of oats in the field, and yes, they look a lot like corn.  And they are part of the early harvest, just like corn.  In fact, US stats suggest oats can be harvested anywhere from mid-June to end of September, depending on local climatic conditions.  So, as I try to avoid bread, I shall bake oat cookies for my Lammas feast!

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