August – the Corn Moon is also known as the Dispute Moon in Celtic traditions or Sturgeon Moon in Thomas's Old Farmer’s Almanac.
During the Corn Moon period it is well worth conducting Magic that allows positive new ideas to flow to you. Cast the following Spell on the evening of the full moon during the lavender phase and be prepared for positive changes!
This Inspiration Spell cast on the Corn Moonis designed to inspire,
motivate and direct your energies to new exciting ventures, projects and
goals utilising all your existing skills and talents fully.
Dried Lavender, dried Chamomile, dried Thyme and dried Rosemary in a flameproof dish
An altar candle
A tall yellow candle with holder
Four objects connected with your skills or successes
You can also add yellow crystals such as yellow jasper and amber and the Tarot card of the Magician and the Sun to your Altar.
Ignite the dried herbs in the flameproof dish so they emit smoke.
Light your altar candle.
Place your four objects on your altar.
Concentrate and visualise a sphere of gold light forming around you and expanding outwards in every direction to form your Sacred space
Concentrate on all five elements of Air, Earth, Water, Fire and Spirit and how they are within you, represented on your Altar and in the world around you.
Raising your energy is bringing forth all your energy inside you and preparing to release it at the end of the Spell to go out into the world and create the changes you desire. Imagine the energy in the form of a white light flowing throughout your body forming a ball of light deep in your chest. Tense every muscle in your body until you feel ‘fully charged’. Relax and take a few deep breaths before proceeding
Set the tall yellow candle in a holder at the centre of your altar. Light the candle. Hold the first of your success objects and silently explain what it is and how it represents a success or skill in your life. Repeat this with the remaining 3 items.
Visualise the element of Air and look towards your burning lavender and inhale deeply and say:
‘I have the power of Air’
Visualise the element of Fire and look towards your altar candle, feel the heat from the candle on your hands and say:
'I have the power of Fire'
Visualise the element of Water and look towards your bowl of water and run your fingers through the water and say:
'I have the power of Water'
Visualise the element of Earth and look towards your container of salt and touch the salt and say:
'I have the power of Earth'
Look toward your four success objects and focus on all that you have achieved in your life so far: the obstacles you have overcome, the successes you have gained, the challenges you have taken on.
Say 3 times aloud:
‘The power of Earth, Air, Water and Fire
Combine within me now to inspire
Success in all that I choose to do
My hopes and dreams and wishes too
Bring henceforth to me
So mote it be’
After your Spell is complete you will need to release and send out the energy that you raised. This energy is released into the world to create the change you desire. To do this you will need to stand before your altar and imagine the ball of light in your chest once more. Again tense all your muscles and begin to ‘push’ the energy upward.
Then stand comfortably with your feet apart and thrust your arms upwards and outwards to form a star shape with your body. Exhale and imagine sending this energy out into the air. When this is complete, stand with feet together and touch each shoulder with opposite arms to form a cross against your chest.
Relax, take some deep breaths and imagine and visualise the golden sphere around you becoming smaller until it disappears.
August sees the Sabbat of Lammas which is celebrated on August 1st. This Sabbat marks the first harvest celebration. This is the early harvest, the harvest of grains that are used to create bread. Light begins to diminish as the days shorten and we begin the journey towards winter.
Plan in advance a simple walk to honour the gifts of nature. Go to a forest, lakeside, the ocean, the mountains or hillside or a quiet garden or public park. Breathe deeply as you take in all the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of nature as it surrounds you. Pay attention to all the elements that surround you and how they relate to all your senses. Look for gifts of nature - a beautiful stone, a perfect flower, the sound of birdsong.
Let the joys of nature seep into your soul as you stroll along. Look for all the colours of the rainbow as you stroll along. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. If you are very, very lucky you will see a rainbow in the sky – if not, look for every colour in the stones, pebbles, river, sky, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies etc. Look closely at each colour and take into you its particular energy as you stop momentarily to focus on each one.
On your return home, place representatives of each colour of the rainbow upon your altar. These items can be things you have collected on your walk or beautiful things you have already in your possession.
look upon your altar take a few moments to remember your senses, the
elements and the colours on your walk and know that they will remain
with you to give you strength, empowerment and knowledge that you are
connected with everything and everyone.
Creating positive energy is very important if you are to live an abundant and prosperous life and build up good karma. A great way to do this is by undertaking some charity work.