Friday, August 01, 2008

Lammas Thistle

Bull Thistle
(Cirsium vulgare)

Close on the heels of the veterinarian's assessment that my Cassie doesn't have far to go now, there came the heartbreaking news that an old friend and someone I loved very much has passed away suddenly on the Big Island in Hawaii.

The weight of events has me reeling, sorrowing and oftentimes in tears. So much spirit and wisdom lost, so much light and warmth gone from this old world, so much goodness and humor, so much fierce love and true wildness.

This Lammas (or Lugnasadh), I light a candle for my loved ones, and I pray that their journey beyond the fields we know is easy and peaceful. May the Air carry their spirits, and may Water wash away their pain and suffering. May the Earth receive them with a mother's love, and the Fire of the stars guide them home to the Old Wild Mother. May the Wheel turn again and bring them to rebirth. May we meet again somewhere up the trail and journey on together.

Happy Lammas to each and every one of you.

14 comments:

Lil said...

may your memories of your friend keep your heart from sinking too deep into darknes cate.

lil xo

Sorrow said...

No easy answers,
just another candle in the window...

lila said...

I found your blog from Greenish Lady. You are truly a photographer with a poet's heart!

Lady North said...

May the Wine of Memory comfort you and not be bitter to the taste, but be balanced by Love.
Blessings of this Turning to you.
Always reading, always inspired.
LN

Prairie Star said...

Blessings on your grieving heart, dear one.

Much love and big hugs.

panther said...

What a painful time, Cate. And how much love you are showing to Cassie. Still thinking and praying for you both, and lighting the candles.

GreenishLady said...

Such a beautiful prayer for your lost loved one. I hope you will find comfort in your loss, Cate. To have two sorrows sitting together is a lot to bear. My heart goes out to you.

hele said...

I went outside and lit a candle and said a prayer to the night sky for you both.

What in the World said...

surrounding you Cate, and all your dear ones, with Light and Love.
Mary Fran

Kim Antieau said...

I'm so sorry. I shall light a candle too. Thinking of you and holding you in my heart always.

Much love,

Kim

Steve Emery said...

I am sorry for your loss. Already opened to the gradual grief you are feeling daily, I imagine this is harder to carry.

Sky said...

i am so sorry about the losses you are feeling. i have been there and will be again. my heart can ache with the memory of those moments in my life. in time we are soothed, but grief is always a tender and fragile journey.
blessings.

Leanne said...

your words, your prayer for your lost ones, is so moving, take time to grieve. blessings to you. leanne x

Shelley said...

Holding you in the Light.