August 2016, Full Herb Moon


((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))


We are in the back half of August, summer fun supplies are on the clearance shelves, and some school districts returned to work this week. Summer is over – it is definitely time to begin planning for Fall, and of course, Winter.

The cards above bring to mind the Grasshopper and the Ants; there is joy but also work to be done, there are pleasantries as well as disappointments. It is never to late to start again in a new direction, to work on a new plan.

The August Full Moon has several names (Google is your friend, check it out – the full moon names are fascinating), and I have chosen Herb Moon as our focus for August 2016. For the purposes of this reading, let us presume the following:

  • Herbs are important to you; cooking, healing, spells, etc.
  • You grow your herbs in your own patch of outdoor garden.
  • You live in a seasonal climate (Winter is on the way!)
  • Harvesting and preserving herbs is a priority for you.

Writing to you from the American Midwest, we have reached the point of the year when we must think about gathering, harvesting, preserving. Preparations for Fall and Winter must begin; we do not want to find ourselves lacking.

STEP 1:   REMOVING CLUTTER. Ask yourself: Do I need it, use it, love it? No? Away it goes. This is true for everything – physical stuff, bad habits, old ideas, unhealthy relationships (with people, money, food, whatever). When you remove the clutter from your life, you make room for the arrival of new experiences and the presence of improved relationships. Once clutter is removed, you will have a better grasp of what you have and what you need.

STEP 2:  PLANNING. I love a good list, don’t you? Your post-declutter inventory should generate a list of necessary tasks and supplies – as an example, I need jars for storing dried herbs – and you may begin working the list, item by item, without pressure or panic.

STEP 3:  GRATITUDE. Be grateful. You have many blessings, some are more obvious than others, and you should be grateful for all of them. No matter what your difficulties may be, if you are not naked and homeless in a desert without water, you have reasons to be grateful. Be grateful.

STEP 4: RITUAL CELEBRATION. Share your gratitude with friends, family, loved ones. This does not need to be extravagant or “religious” in any particular way – personally, I am having a Very Merry Unbirthday get together for no particular reason other than I want to – when you share happiness with others, you celebrate gratitude.

Enjoy the rest of August; the snow will be here before you know it.


((All images courtesy of Google Images and Facebook.))



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