As we approach the month of August, there are some powerful things happening in our world, and I hope you take time to experience them. On July 26, 2016, we entered a period of time that is considered the planetary or energetic new year. This is what is called the Lion’s Gate. The Lions Gate opens every year on August 8th and lasts until 12th, when the Sun is in Leo and is marked by the star Sirius moving closer to earth and aligning in Orion’s belt, which perfectly syncs up with the Pyramids in Giza.
Sirius’ energy is all about awakening to new frequencies, energetic potentials, and a higher consciousness at an accelerated rate. When Sirius is close, he bathes planet Earth with power, potential, and a new stream of consciousness which will allow us all to activate our third eye chakra and to tap into the limitless energy of our being. During this time we are all going to be reminded that we are connected to the Universe and that we hold an innate wisdom and power to create our own reality through our thoughts and perceptions. We may also feel a deeper sense of connectedness to the Universe and that we are not the only intelligent beings in this cosmic world. The ability to cross other dimensions and astral travel will also be strong at this time, as many believe that the activation of The Lion’s Gate can blur the lines across different dimensions and frequencies.
The Lion’s Gate phenomenon is a good time to consider an energetic cleanse, start a new project, or wrap some things that you have been working on this year. Schools are getting started around this time as well, so many of you may already be doing some of these things during this auspicious time and not even realize it.
Lammas or Lughnasadh falls close to this period as well. Depending on tradition or location, Lammas is celebrated anytime from July 31 to August 2. Lughnasadh is an Irish Gaelic name for the feast which commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of the Sun. In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested.
Many traditions celebrate Lammas as the first harvest festival of the year (the other two being Mabon and Samhain). Some celebrate the occasion with games in honor of Lugh’s funeral. Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labors, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold. This is a time when many do an inventory of their year, or their goals, and see how much progress they have made. As August cools into September and October, we prepare more for the winter, the dark period, and a time of internal work, so taking stock of things at Lammas can be a good practice.
I encourage you to take advantage of this mid-year renewal. After-all, there are many types of new beginnings throughout a calendar year, and getting a chance to start over or renew your energy is usually not a bad thing.
So honor The Lion’s Gate and Lammas by doing something that makes you happy or makes you feel good. Pamper yourself, spend an evening lounging around instead of working, or spend some extra time outside (in the shade, please) feeling your connection to the Universe. And while you’re taking care of yourself, have fun! Play games in honor of Lugh’s sacrifice, take your dog to the park to play catch, or go chase all the Pokemon you want. Do something fun for yourself and embrace being renewed and supported by the Universe.
With wisdom and empowerment,