Welcome to the Lammas Tarot Blog-Hop, Pentacles: The Fruits of Harvest.
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Lammas – First Harvest – August Eve
Fruits of First Harvest hang heavy on vines
As stalks of grain ripen to gold
Sweet the juices as warm they run
To stain fingers of both young and old.
Feast on the freshness that now abounds
Storing away for the future
For days that turn colder
When the frost bites the bloom
And the fields lie fallow in slumber
Under a distant and cold winter’s Moon.
It was an easy jump for me to think of this particular “Pentacles” card for my Blog-Hop post. Here we see a farmers market teeming with fresh vegetables and shoppers. If you happen to be lucky enough to have your own vegetable garden, then you can appreciate the bounty of this first-harvest, the wonderful satisfaction of growing your own vegetables, and more importantly, eating them. Obviously, that is my favorite part of the process!
My little vegetable garden has done pretty well this year despite the heat, erratic rain fall, and the strong storms we’ve experienced. There was a couple of times I wondered if my corn was going to pull through. Luckily, it did and I am happy to report that the ears have ripened and are ready to be picked. Tomatoes are ripening nicely (my favorite) as well as fresh green beans, zucchini, and cucumber, the onions and radishes having already been harvested. Lots more to come with the cantaloupe, watermelon, and pumpkins.
If you do not grow your own vegetables, treat yourself to the local produce at a farmers market or road side stand near you. Hopefully, you have these options.
I don’t sell any of my garden goodies, but I do share them with family, friends, and neighbors (Six of Pentacles). Fresh from the garden can’t be beat and the next best thing is canning and/or freezing. These make nice gifts too.
Which brings to mind summers of my youth sitting on the front porch of my Mam-ma’s with my cousins while endlessly stringing and breaking beans. She would drag us out at the break of day, usually just after dawn, to pick beans, corn, or berries, depending on which were ready. Many times there would be an Aunt or two in the little kitchen, everyone talking at once while working. Good times to think back on, but as you can imagine, We-cousins didn’t think so at the time. It’s a lot of hard work, but well worth the effort.
I’ll leave you with a recipe of the season I came across in Edain McCoy’s, “Sabbats – A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways“. (Llewellyn Publications, 1994) Blackberries are a sacred plant to the Irish goddess Brigid and are often a featured food item at many First Harvest Feasts.
To continue your “Lammas” Tarot Blog Hop, click the button below to hop on over to Christiana Gaudet’s First Harvest offerings. Wishing one and all a Happy & Fruitful Lammas.
The featured Tarot Cards are from the beautiful Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert (Llewellyn Publications 2011)
Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing & Harvesting!