Monday, August 19, 2013

The Barley Moon

Full Moon: August 20th 8:45 pm EST

The full moon in August is called the Barley  Moon. While the name is self-explanatory, the August moon is so named do to the fact that it is the time of the grain harvests (in the norther hemisphere).

During the harvest time (August 1 - October 31) it is always good give thanks for all that you have been given. It is also an excellent time to reap what we have sown. Revisit old spells or rituals that have been sitting around. Have they served their purpose? Are you reaping their benefits or is it time to move on?

During this time I go through more personal things as well such as belongings, expenses, and relationships. Are they helping with growth or are they stagnating? Do they need some tending or have they served their purpose?

While it may seem harsh to think about relationships like a plant, in the long run it really is a great way to think about them. There is a cooperative relationship with plants, we give them food, water, and protection and they give us sustenance for the body and soul.

Think of a relationship this way: Is it mutually beneficial or is one party demanding/giving more attention? What about that friend who expects you to drop everything when they call but is "too busy" to help you with the smallest thing? While you may think nothing of it this relationship is toxic and is physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining.

So go through your life, your closets, and your cupboards. Scale back the time and energy you spend on friends who are not helping you grow or that you may be stunting. Donate clothing that doesn't fit or you don't wear. Throw out your expired foodstuffs and donate those unused cans of food to a food shelf.

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