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Lammas Grain Ripening in the Sun

August 1

Lammas,(LA-mas) or "Loaf Mass" (Anglo-Saxon), also known as Lugnasadh (Irish Celt), Lůnasdal (Scottish), Calan Aust (Welsh), Lugunassatis (Gaul), and Feast of First Fruits, is celebrated on or around August 1st. Lammas celebrates the first of the major harvest festivals of the year, that of grain or "Corn".

In England during the medieval era tenants were required to present to their landlord the first of the freshly harvested wheat crop. The first corn from this harvest was baked into a ceremonial loaf and given as an offering to the Gods.The last sheaf of corn was not consumed but kept back and made into a effigy to represent the spirit of the corn and the harvest, sometimes called John Barlycorn. The effigy was placed at the center of the feasting table and then next year when the fields are being prepared for the sowing of new crops, it was ploughed back into the soil so that the spirit of the sun and the corn did not die.

Among pagans, (especially those with Celtic roots), the most common name for this holiday is Lughnasadh, (loo-na-sa), in honor not of the God Lugh, but that of his foster mother Tailtiu. Tailtiu died while clearing the plain of Breg in County Meath for agriculture. Lugh instituted funerary games called Áenach Tailteann in her honour, which continued to be celebrated as late as the 18th century.

The daylight is now visibly waning as the mature Lord of the Forest and Field becomes more the Wise Sage and his power awareness begins to pass from without to within. The Pregnant Mother Goddess rules beside Him as they both bask in the bounty of Nature in this, the beginning of the harvest season.

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Thursday August 7

Writer's Corner

Welcome to a monthly gathering of writers at Tree of Life.

This event will be facilitated by Anya & give you the opportunity to network & commune with other writers, while honing your skills.

All levels are welcome & there will be a wide variety of exercises & topics to choose from. Your input on additional activities is always appreciated.

This is a fun, professional event & you may choose to share/not share your work/critiques. The monthly format will be flexible in order to meet your creative needs & assist you in accomplishing individual deadlines & goals.

Please bring a 3-minute representational piece of your work to share at the first gathering. We meet from 7pm-9pm & some computer outlets are available.

Anya is an International Claircognizant Psychic using tarot, Palmistry, Astrology, Angel Cards, Runes & Numerology as her tools. She has been a Professional Psychic for over 15 years. She has worked in New York, England, Ireland, Peru, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and throughout San Diego County.

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Friday August 8

Crystals in Healing & Energy Work

Come and join us for an evening of crystals! Crystals have been used throughout history for healing and adornment. Learn new and amazing ways to incorporate them into your daily life. We will cover cleansing/ clearing cyrstals, charging them, using them in healing sessions and meditation. Allow the beauty and magic of crystals to add beauty and magic to your life.

Bring your favorite stones or find some new ones from Diana's amazing selection at the Tree of Life. Please bring water and something comfortable to sit on (i.e. blanket or cushion). We will have chairs available also.

Trisha Huszka, owner of OB Massage, began practicing Reiki and Qi Gong in 2001. After leaving her home state of Connecticut and moving to San Diego in 2002 she became a Holistic Health Practitioner. Her experience includes martial arts, personal training, crisis counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Biology. The focus of her practice is to help individuals find a path to health and happiness in all aspects of life.

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Saturday August 9

Public Full Moon Ritual and Celebration

Join us for a Celebration of that Abundant Full Moon Energy!

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Friday August 15th

Shamanic Goddess Circle

Tara Takes Over!

Give, give, give. Do, do, do. More, more, more!

My Goddess, give yourself a break!

Tara helps you quiet those never–ending voices in your head. Wrap yourself up in the sweet relief of Compassion and take a vacation from that Inner Judge, the Merciless Critic of your LIFE.

Your Goddess time with your sisters helps you balance the influences of the outside world. We?ll share, dance, and journey with Tara and her many forms. Say ta-ta to your self-torture habit and get Happy with Tara!

And, as always, bring/wear something that makes you feel like a GODDESS!

About the Shamanic Goddess Circle

Reawaken the Divine Feminine within you and reclaim your natural, wildish nature. Did you forget you were a Goddess in order to survive through the chaos of this world? Sink your roots into the ground and feel into the life-giving energy available to us all as women.

Every month is different — just like we are. Join in this open Circle and journey down the powerful rivers of feminine intuition and healing magic. You’ll learn and experience shamanic techniques for personal growth and healing and discover your own personal Goddess self.

Who is Mara Clear Spring Cook?

Mara is a Shamanic Healer, Teacher and Reiki Master. She leads the Shamanic Goddess Circles and Shamanic Drumming Circles and teaches people how to follow the path of the shaman in First Step Shamanic Training and Journey Quest. Along with group work she sees private clients for soul retrieval, shamanic healing, energy healing, guided journey and more – both in person and distance. She also teaches and installs the Nine Rites of the Munay–Ki as taught by Dr. Villoldo and the Four Winds Society.

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Friday August 22

Hawaiian Herb Lore

Join this fun class that will teach you about Hawaiian plants, lore, history and culture.

Start out by learning the creation story intimately connected to Hawaiian plants. Learn the importance of duality; the masculine/feminine in regards to cultural beliefs and plants, and take part in a traditional ’awa (kava) ceremony.

Taught by Kauai resident, Martine Melillo. Martine grew up on the island and was educated in Hawaiian mythology and native plants through her elders, her years spent dancing hula, and her certification in Hawaiian Botany.

Recently moving to California to further her study of western plants, she now teaches herbal studies at School of Healing Arts, aids women as a birth doula, and works as an herbalist at In Harmony Herbs and Spices.

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Thursday August 28

Numerology Workshop

Come and share some number magic with us.

Hate math? Don’t worry, if you can count to nine you can do this. Discover the fascinating world of Numerology. Learn to interpret the secret signs surrounding you as this ancient wisdom reveals your destiny, hearts desire, and life purpose.

Plus, chart your personal theme of fortune for 2014-2015!

Suggested to bring a notebook, pen, cushion, and if you wish to a calculator!

Anya is an International Claircognizant Psychic using tarot, Palmistry, Astrology, Angel Cards, Runes & Numerology as her tools. She has been a Professional Psychic for over 15 years. She has worked in New York, England, Ireland, Peru, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and throughout San Diego County.

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Friday August 29

The Magic of Flowers: Working with Our Blossoming Allies

Working with Our Blossoming Allies

A flower is a manifestation of divine beauty and wisdom. While each flower’s vibration is unique, what it expresses is universal: it’s available to all of us and is already a part of us.

The magic of flowers, then, might be defined as the employment of a flower (or flowers) as a focal point for our intention, or as a window into our own divine aspect, in order to affect a desired positive change. While simply spending time with a flower can provide an infusion of nourishment and spiritual sustenance, the practice of working with blossoming allies can take many additional forms.

This class will give you everything you need to begin communicating with (and downloading healing information and energy from) flowers, and will provide a number of tools and techniques that will help you establish a basic framework for your flower magic practice. Topics will include aromatherapy, flower essences, spending time with flowers and intuitively connecting with them, and more. Specific rituals and practices will be outlined, and you’ll leave with fun, eminently applicable (and delightful!) tools for personal healing and growth.

Author Tess Whitehurst

In addition to authoring the mega-popular Magical Housekeeping, the award-winning Good Energy Book, and the brand new Magic of Flowers, Tess has authored two other books as well as numerous articles about living a magical, joyful, and empowered life.

Her books have been translated into nine languages and her articles have appeared such places as Llewellyn’s Annuals, Law of Attraction Magazine, Whole Life Times, and Writer’s Digest. She’s also appeared on morning news shows on both Fox and NBC, as well as on the Bravo TV show Flipping Out. She’s a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui, and lives in Los Angeles.

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