Greetings everyone, and good Lammas to you!
Bo Finn here, on a warm and beautiful day at the LapiDairy. Everything is a lovely tapestry of green, the nearby trees provide plenty of shade to rest comfortably...even the lichen is growing thick on the cairn of stones that lies here, at the edge of our woods. A cairn is like a burial hill of rocks from long ago, but sitting here in their cover of mossy green, they remind me of a common stone found in these parts--the aventurine.
Lammas, or Lughnasad, is a time of looking forward to the coming crops, making plans for the future and hoping for business success. Aventurine is perfect for all three! It improves prosperity (maybe it's time to set up that lemonade stand or start that paper route!) and gives you confidence, imagination, and peace of mind.
Unsure how to spend the rest of your summer? Not sure how to prepare for school? Place an aventurine under your pillow and it will help you find answers. Not only that, aventurine helps you see the future, increases clairvoyance in general, and improves psychic abilities. Because it helps with Second Sight, this stone is also said to help people who are nearsighted--so it aids “vision” on various levels!
Aventurine is associated with Lammas because it brings luck, leadership, balance and protection--all the attributes that were needed in the old days for the Lughnasad Fair: safety, being able to bargain with merchants for the sale of your coming harvest, and confidence in the gods that your fields would thrive and bring in enough to both sell and sustain your family through the Winter. So too, it can help you spend the rest of the Goddess season in good health and assist you in preparing for the coming Fall and Winter months.
Good Sabbat, everyone! Slainte Chugat! (sloint-a-cug-ot) Good health to you!
By Katharine Clark
Art by Robin Ator