Corn Mothers as Harvest Deities
Make a Corn Dolly
August signaled the beginning of the harvest season, the time when the first grains are harvested and
many fruits and vegetables bec
ome ripe. We sprang from a Neolithic culture that was a part of nature
itself, and even as modern as we are, we still feel a tug to connect with nature and honor her, thankful
for the beauty and blessings she showers on our lives. This month give thanks and like the ancients
before you, take a moment to reconnect to the natural world. Take your children berry picking, visit a
farmer's market and revel in the delights of harvest. Invite your loved ones to a barbecue or kindle a
Lammas fire. Honor the cycle
of life being mindful of the harvest, of your bounty, remembering that not
only is this a time of rebirth but also a time of death as the harvest has come full circle. Go for a hike
to find some wild grape vines and make a wreath from their boughs. Bake some bread or sweets and
share with a lonely neighbor. Donate to help put food on the table of a family less fortunate than your
own. Let your heart swell with joy and gratitude as you practice kindness and shore up your karma for
another season.
A portal for dimensional living
Liminal Landscapes
August

“It was upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon's unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie...”
- Robert Burns
The Lammas Loaf

To the ancients, the grains were the staff of life. Celebration breads were skillfully made and
ornately decorated to mark life's milestones. Days of baking herald all the ancient celebrations,
for the art of baking is as old as the first civilization. This s
ummer spend some time engaging
in this time honored practice. Every time an art is learned and practiced, it is inherited and
infused with new life. In many traditions a loaf of special bread is baked on this m
onth in the
shape of a man or a sun wheel to symbolize the s
pirit of the harvest. Choose a recipe and
update it or adapt it by including local ingredients and let your spirit lift with joy and
thankfulness for the bounty of the seasons. Give thanks for the abundance in your life by giving
a loaf of fresh bread to a friend along with the recipe and pass along a linage that weaves back
to the beginning of time.
Click here for
Lammas Bread Recipes
John Barleycorn represents the crop
of barley harvested each autumn and
like the grain, he suffers attacks

which co
rrespond to reaping,
threshing
, malting and at the end he
dies to be
reborn in beer, barleywine
and whisky
and thus he lives forever
Cultures around the world give thanks to commemorate the first harvest
John Barleycorn a harvest deity
The Corn Mothers are Mother
Goddesses that give their
life to feed their people.
Corn dollies are made from the husk
of the last corn harvested. She was
brought inside kept warm so the
spirit of the field would not be
homeless after the harvest. She was
kept in a closed box until Candlemas
when she was reborn, and at the new
season, she was returned to the field
where she was ploughed into the
first furrow to ensure fertility to the
coming crops. Today we use the corn
doll both as a symbol of bounty, as a
fertility amulet, and as a symbol of
the season.
Summertime and the Livin's Easy
Outside nature bursts with abundance just waiting for us to take advantage of the glorious
weather. Now is the time for long walks in the park, swimming at the neighborhood pool, picking
berries, backyard barbecues, and family vacations! Indeed, summer is when many of our most
cherished childhood memories were made: of days spent at grandma's, of afternoons eating
watermelon in the backyard with cousins while aunts gathered on the porch and uncles around
the barbecue. One can only smile when recollections of summers drifts across ones thoughts.
What will your children remember? Are you spending this month locked inside? Don't let your life
pass you by. Round up your family and plan a trek outside. Create some wonderful new
memories of your own. Whether you visit a seaside, lakeside or park you'll find nature waiting in
all of her glory. Just take time out of your routine to reconnect with the natural world. Allow
yourself to move within its slower, more harmonious rhythms as you open your eyes to the world
around you. Take in the trees, the flowers, the birds calling over head, the antics of the squirrels
as they frolicking in the trees. Breathe deep the scent of rain and smile. There is magic all
around just waiting to be discovered. Allow yourself to glory in the sight of the sun setting on a
myriad of waves as you stand on a beach. Rejoice as you splash in the cool water or gather
around a bonfire to swap stories. This is the stuff of summer, the fluff that memories are made
of! It is in nature that we can reconnect to the Divine. We need only listen to the subtle
whispers and nudges as Spirit speaks to us.

This month make a conscious effort to slow down and become aware of your surroundings. Go
outside and see for yourself. The signs of the Divine are everywhere. You just need to be
receptive to experience them. As Eden Phillpotts once said, "The universe is full of magical
things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."  It's true, we are surrounded by wonders
most of us are blind to. Open your perception and venture outdoors. Take a moment to read the
sacred in your daily walk understanding that spirituality is not to be found in a sacred space only
on Sundays but also in the moments of our everyday lives. Reconnecting with the natural world
is an easy way to encounter the divine as you come to understand that life is a sacred journey
and spirit is at work around us in all things: In the power of the wind at the approach of the
thunderstorm, at the brilliance of the setting sun, in the wonder of the tiny bird as she weaves
her nest. It is in these small moments we come to Spirit. It only takes opening to these
wonders to allow the blessing of the natural world to enrich your life. Be present. Welcome the
day, share a laugh, appreciate your blessings. It is in these small heartfelt moments that we
find the divine. When we are thankful for what we have and all the potential we have to be, we
are able to celebrate our blessings, glory in our friends and loved ones. It is in the moment that
we take a conscious breath, that we wake to the divine.  By utilizing the elements of the natural
world in a conscious way to further our spiritual connections, we enable ourselves to better
observe the emerging life that is unfolding all around us on this awesome planet we call home.
Your life is waiting. Take your children by the hand, open the door and venture outside.