Welcome to the August Magdalene Newsletter, a place of sharing in these transformational times, honouring the earth and the sacred feminine during our journey towards unity. The old ways of separation do not work in the new world and as we move towards inner wholeness we are now coming together both within and without.
Today is Lughnasadh, the first harvest and so it is a time to celebrate the harvest within yourself, the harvest of your own wisdom. The wheel turns yet again as we come into this glorious time where the gold in the fields brings its bountiful blessings to us.
Our next Magdalene Retreat Day will be on October 28th at Cilcain in North Wales; it will be a day of celebrating Samhain which completes a full cycle in the wheel of the year.
May you all at this time experience the harvest of many blessings in your life.
Margaret and Graham
Messages Of Light
Where we live on the Wirral we have access to both the countryside and the seaside and we are blessed to have many wonderful walks in the area. Graham and I recently went on one of our favourite walks which we especially love at this time of the year. It is a walk on the outskirts of a very pretty village called Thornton Hough, through the fields and down the lanes.
As we walked we could see how bountiful nature was as the trees had grown so much creating archways over the lanes and the fields were filled with crops some of which had already been cut. There was wheat, barley and corn and everywhere we looked the landscape was filled with the gold of the ripening grain. There is an abundance of wildflowers everywhere particularly at this time of the year and the butterflies were everywhere.
There is something very special about that part of the Wirral for this is an area at the very centre of it and the land is always so vibrant and fertile and this particular area always seems so very powerful.
Of all the things which we saw it was the fields of golden barley which caught my attention and I was absolutely mesmerised by the beauty of them. As we stood and watched the wind moving through them they glowed with such a radiant golden colour it looked like an ocean of golden light. Even the feel of the barley was so silken and beautiful. The memory of it stayed within me even after we returned home and I could feel the essence of the barley still around me.
Several days later the mystical realms of nature opened up to me and there standing before me was a beautiful fairy who introduced to me John Barleycorn and although this name comes from an old song it actually is far more ancient for John Barleycorn is the spirit of the barley but more than that he is also the expression of the fertility of the land. He is the green man, Jack in the Green; there are many names for him for he is the vibration of the male aspect of nature.
We are so used to working with the goddess as her time has come as the Earth is being balanced and the female aspect of divinity is now coming into harmony but at this time of the year the male vibration of the natural world is very strong indeed.
Many people in the past would make corn dollies out of the grain so that the spirit of the grain would go into what they had created and they would keep this safe in the kitchen often until the next crop of grain was sown and the corn dolly would be planted in the Earth to ensure fertility.
This dynamic and powerful time of the year connects us to John Barleycorn and to all the aspects of the green man so go out into the fields and absorb the golden waves of light which emanate from the crops. Whatever we connect to and whatever we look at is imprinted within us and the memory stays there and so as we look at the golden fields of the crops we absorb not only the golden vibration but also the essence of the fertility of the land. We draw in the golden light of wisdom and the fertility of new creative endeavours.
As John Barleycorn stood before me the fairy came and joined our hands together and she told me that I was to be married to the land. Marrying the land is an ancient tradition which originated with the Kings in Ireland; when they came into power there would be a ceremony of their marriage to the land and this would ensure the success of their reign. I have performed ceremonies with people in my workshops where they were married to the land and it is something which we can all participate in when we need to renew our contact and deep connection to the Earth.
We are part of the Earth and we are born from the Earth and there is no separation between us but sometimes we need the renewal of that connection. So I was married to the land once again with John Barleycorn to enable me to feel a deeper connection to the Earth itself and indeed I did feel it in a very powerful way afterwards.
Even if you cannot go out into the countryside go within in your inner visualizations, go into the golden fields of grain and walk through that gold and absorb it and draw in the fertile seeds to create fertility in your life and new beginnings. Call John Barleycorn to you and you too can become married to the land so that you are in greater communication with all aspects of it.
The Earth is conscious and as it awakens along with our own personal awakening more and more it will make itself known through every aspect of it to share its wisdom and its healing.
Barley is a very healing grain and it is a very ancient one so by making your connection to it you also take in its healing qualities.
It can cleanse the kidneys and the kidneys connect us to the inner child and also to the water element and the emotional body so the very vibration of the barley will bring you a purification to enable you to be renewed in the light.
Go and connect to the spirit of the land for it does have a spirit and can manifest to you in many different ways, we work with the spirit of the land through the goddess but also the male spirit too calls very loudly at this time of the first harvest. In your inner journeying go and dance with John Barleycorn and become alive as you connect and create a greater sense of harmony within you for when you are in harmony with yourself then the Earth too harmonises for we are not separate, we are one.
Flower Of The Month
Flowers belong to another realm; they are the healers of the soul. Their cosmic blueprints are within the worlds of spirit. Each month I bring to you a flower which is symbolic of the energies of the time and this month I give you a corn marigold. This beautiful little golden Daisy flower grows wild in the fields and it carries the most incredibly beautiful vibration. It looks like a little Sun.
Whenever you need the Sun in your life then place this flower within your heart and the sun will shine its light through all of you bringing you healing and awakening. There are times in life where we need more light and the sun can become our Lantern to light the way forward. The sun can heal so many things as well as shining the light into the dark places of the mind. Allow this little flower to shine its golden light into any areas where you have pain or problems and let yourself be filled by its healing rays.
If your mind has become darkened by too much thinking and lingering in the past then place the corn marigolds around your head like a Halo and the light will pour into your mind clearing your thoughts and bringing in positive energy.
The Sun and the corn marigolds which are one and the same will always bring you the light so if you need clarity and answers to your problems stand yourself within this golden flower and let its light clear your vision to bring you all the answers which you need.
Feel the warm Sun on your face and let its golden rays surround you. As you walk through the golden light you come to an old wooden gate deep in the countryside and this gate leads to a field filled with ripened grain.
You open the gate and stand staring at this vision of loveliness before you and the whole field seems to glow with an otherworldly golden light. You create a little pathway through the crops and as you approach the centre of the field you feel a very powerful vibration and you know that this energy is coming from the middle of the crops.
When you reach the centre there before you is the most magnificent being of light and he tells you that he is the spirit of the grain and it is through him that the crops have grown and the grain has ripened for he is the spirit of fertility.
He speaks to you and asks you what you would like to create and nurture within your own life and he tells you it can be anything at all, it may be the nurturing of a new business, a new project or even the creation of a new you. You are important and it is important that you too like all the crops grow in the golden light of understanding and that you ripen in your awareness.
This great being of light asks you now to lie down amongst all the plants allowing the bees, insects and butterflies to fly all around you bringing their light as well. As you lie down the fairies and elementals come and join you too for they are always present when the land is bountiful. You feel the energy of expansion and creativity fill you and you feel the golden light of the grain enter into your being and a great peace enters your heart for you know that you now have within you the ability to grow into who you truly are.
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