Please take a seat and clear your mind of what fills it now and hear these words:
you are sitting, close your eyes and feel the yellow of the sun. Reach
up with your arms and let your fingertips touch that yellow. Now, lay
back, with your arms extended and become a ray of the sun. As we all
lay in a circle, we form the sun - we are all rays of this vivid
down to the Earth and see the fields ripe with the summer's abundance.
Find your self in the center of this abundance holding a large willow
basket, eager to begin your autumn harvest.
first into an expanse of sweet corn. See the erect, regal, green stalks
of corn. Observe a ripe ear on a particular stalk which extends to you.
Under its scruffy whiskers kernels that sparkle like gold shine
through. You are reminded of your own riches - both tangible and
intangible. Reach out and pick this ear and put it into your basket.
the corn field and enter an orchard; an apple orchard. See the beauty
of these trees, these majestic symbols of the Goddess. Feel the
fullness of her boughs - full of ruby red apples of knowledge. Reach
up, way up, and pick two. Put one in your basket and eat the other.
Taste and enjoy this fruit - for in this garden tasting an apple is not
move toward an onion field which beckons you. Once green, now browning
spikes point up to you, tempting you to dig below…..Pull gently and the
ground gives birth to an iridescent, opal bulb, full of body and
character and strength. A vegetable with the power to make you feel the
power of tears. Add this to your growing harvest.
ahead thick bushes of ripened raspberries. Sharp brambles protecting
their precious, succulent garnets. The sweet nectar of these berries
remind you of your own sensuality - your own ability to feel, express,
extend all that is soft and loving and warm to others. Take your time
here and pick plenty of these supple jewels for your basket.
away now and look around you. Find a patch of fruit or vegetables that
appeals to you. Enter it, admire its offerings, select a precious gem
of your own to harvest. Choose a resource to sustain you in the rapidly
upcoming time of cold and darkness. Capture some warmth and light and
savor its presence.
your arms now laden with this basket of bountiful treasures, it is time
now to rest. Take your harvest to the grassy knoll in the sun just
beyond and sit and bask in the glory of its healing heat. Rest in
contentment knowing you have collected that which you need to give you
strength and nourishment in the winter days to come.
yourself back in the sky now. Become the sun once again. Shine down
upon yourself and your gatherings. Absorb the energy of the fruits of
your labors, bless these seeds you planted in the Spring and nurtured
to fruition through the summer. Be the sun. Shine down upon all that
is good and good-giving. Give the light of hope to all you shine upon.
When everything you have touched with your rays is full of your brightness, open your eyes and rejoin our circle.