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CONTEST: Win Year & A Day • Guided Visualization Audio • Lammas ✦ [Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #68]
August 02, 2019

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Energy Fields & Astrology - August Energies

New Content - Audio Visualisation - Meeting the Moon Goddess

Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals - Lammas

Quotes - on Heart


Editor's Note

Merry Meet !

Ah, Summer! No matter how wonderful the rest of the Wheel, there's something just so pleasing and joyous about those long summer days, sunshine and warmth!

And here we are already at the first Harvest Festival of the Wiccan year... amazing how fast time flies these days.

Maybe it's flying past because I've had so much going on, lately. For instance, have you seen my new YouTube video series, Secrets of a Spiritual Life, yet?

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In this series of daily videos, we explore aspects of the spiritual journey (and frequently meditation tips or issues) , as they arise in my daily life.

I recorded them earlier this year, and they're still being released, one per day. So be sure to subscribe to get the links to each new video as it comes out.

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In honour of the Secrets of a Spiritual Life video series launch, we should celebrate! And I have the perfect idea...

I think people are a bit shy about starting the comments on these videos, so let's give them a helping hand.

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You should probably subscribe to my YouTube channel as well, so you'll be notified when the new videos are released (since they're not all open to the public yet).

Here's the link for that: Subscribe to erin Dragonsong's new YouTube Channel.

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  1. For every comment that's made on a video, you'll receive one point.
  2. On September 15th 2019, all the points will be tabulated.
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  4. Minimum of 50 comments to qualify for the Grand Prize.
  5. Winners will be announced in the next 'Zine.

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And enjoy the uplift of seeing these daily spiritual insights and tips for living your spirituality in your ordinary life!

With Bright Blessings,


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Energy Fields & Astrology:

August Energies

The recent new moon (July 31st) has brought a time of reset and re-alignment. Particularly, as Alex Myles noted, "This is an intense phase that will cleanse anything that feels toxic in our lives, which includes bad habits, unhealthy thought patterns, reactive behaviours, outdated beliefs, and irrational fear-based thoughts and feelings that drain our energy and leave us feeling anxious and burnt out."

This new moon energy is an ideal time to set some intentions for more balance, better self care, quality time to do activities that are fulfilling, and a commitment to put more energy into your own purpose other than the purpose of others.

This Leo Moon cycle that has begun is grounded in creativity, leading with our hearts, and a strong urge for self-expression. Do what you can to find your inner flame and breathe a spark of it into your own creativity, enthusiasm and well-being.

On August 8th Venus will trine Jupiter and then on August 14, the Sun will be conjunct Venus. This stretch of time will bring a smile to your face and romance, fun, and pleasure rule these days.

By August 14, Mercury will be fully moving forward, which makes it a good time to launch or begin projects, and Full Moon in Aquarius on August 15 will bring your awareness to things that are bigger than you & your inner circle. You might have a sensitive reaction to a political or social matter and decide that you want to participate in making important changes that will create a difference collectively.

There is one caveat to the Grand Trine in fire signs - Uranus is squaring Venus (and Moon/Sun) kicking up restlessness, challenging authority, and wanting freedom to break out of the social mold, and roar from our wild place. We may be on the hunt around for some excitement in relationship. Think twice about redecorating under this influence; eccentricity is high.

Also, there is a T-Square involving an opposition of Mercury in Cancer to Pluto in Capricorn with the dwarf planet, Eris, sister of Mars, which is challenging both. Eris instigates discord and rebellion against injustices and bad behaviour from the powers that be, so if you haven't been balancing your work and personal life or have avoided letting go of old patterns still playing out, Eris may arrange for a confrontation to clear the air. Eris really doesn't care if you think you have your life all figured out. She's out to reveal spiritual truth.

The Leo cycle reminds us to have the courage to live from the heart. Create and be generous with your inner light. As Uranus squares Mercury (fully moving forward at Full Moon) you might surprise yourself at your inspired voice. Chiron is trining Mercury in fire signs, so we're supported to use our energy and words for passion & enthusiasm rather than enflaming drama or ego.

Next Full Moon: Thursday August 15th @ 5:29am PDT, 8:29am EDT, 12:29pm GMT
Next New Moon: Friday August 30th @ 3:37am PDT, 6:37pm EDT, and 10:37am GMT

Sources consulted for this article: New Moon update August Horoscope
Alex Myles New Moon update



New Content: Audio Visualisation - Meeting the Moon Goddess

In this editing of the Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine, with all the moon energy going on right now, we decided to offer you a free audio visualisation for Meeting the Moon Goddess.

This is an audio that is part of "A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan" for the Star*Students. (The Star*Students receive dozens of audio files to support their year-long learning journey--visualisations, guidance for exercises, etc.)

Click here to listen to 'Meeting the Moon Goddess'.


Sabbats, Esbats, & Other Wiccan Rituals:


Lammas (commonly known also as Lughnasadh and less commonly as August Eve) is a time of ripeness, a time of fruitfulness and fulfillment, yet not as carefree as Midsummer. At this stage of the Wheel we are called to participate more: we must water the gardens and orchards in the dry season, harvest each crop as it becomes ripe, and begin preserving foods to last throughout Winter.

The energy is still expansive, with just a hint of contraction in the air: the full lungs, pausing before exhalation. The Element for Lammas is Fire, as epitomised by the Sun's potent heat.

At Lammas, the energy is of reaping what we've sown as well as gathering the free gifts that the Goddess offers.

"Lammas" comes from the Old English word hlaefmass, and means "Loaf Mass" - a celebration of the first grains that were reaped, prepared, and baked into breads to be shared by the whole community... the breaking of bread being recognised as a blessing for everyone who partook of it.

This is a recognition that the gifts of the Earth belong to all, and that only by cooperating with each other can we survive. Everyone is valuable to the community. We all have special skills and gifts to share.

The primary Energies of Lammas are: 1. The First Harvest: a celebration of the bounty of the Earth Goddess
2. Honouring the Grain God who dies that we may survive
3. The Fire festival of Lugh, the Shining One

In addition to the three primary Energies of Lammas, there are two underlying Energies as well:
1. Being in partnership with the Divine
2. Celebrating Abundance Mentality

Lammas is a celebration of the partnership that exists between humans and the Divine. Lammas plays out in human lives with these aspects of our actions...

  • Appreciating our skills and talents
  • Valuing our strengths
  • Honouring our contributions to the world
  • Recognising that we've played a huge part in creating our lives to be what they are now
  • Working in harmony with the Divine, as a team of co-creators
  • Practicing Right Timing: we plant when the soil is clear and ready; we tend to our dreams and projects as they develop; we harvest and receive the fruits of our labour as they come ripe; and we experience gratitude and joy for the rewards we receive
  • Celebrating our successes

If you have have had an interest or urge to develop a particular skill or creative outlet, now would be a perfect time to make a pledge or commitment to yourself to pursue your interest.

Lammas is a powerful time to do spells for things like...

  • Abundance
  • Health
  • Prosperity
  • Reaping the benefits of your labour
  • Good luck
  • Social bonds
  • Love
  • Developing your talents and skills
  • Being appreciated
  • Increasing your gratitude
  • Becoming a co-creator
  • Career success

Some symbols associated with Lammas/Lughnasadh that you could include in your ritual include:

  • Bread (whole grain or multigrain in particular) or corn bread
  • Wheat sheaves or grain stalks
  • Corn ears (especially in opened husks, so you can see the grain)
  • Corn dollies or wheat weavings Cornucopia (horn of plenty) Grapes and grape leaves
  • Berries (especially wild)
  • Berry juice
  • Seasonal flowers
  • Sunflowers
  • Flower circlets to wear
  • Whatever foods are ripe and ready
  • Colours: gold, yellow, orange, and to a lesser extent, grass-green

This information about Lammas is from parts of Lesson #27, "Lammas/Lughnasadh" in A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan.



on Heart

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
- Carl Jung

"If deep in your heart you warmly no longer need freedom, it begins."
- John de Ruiter

"If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you'll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness."
- Sharon Salzberg


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