When we honoured the passing of the year into death at Halloween we began to leave the world of duality behind. And so now, as we approach the winter solstice, we are standing opposite the summer’s peak duality, completing that cycle by moving towards the point in the year when duality ceases to exist.
For the last 300+ years – ever since the Enlightenment – the ideal of rationality has dominated the Western world. So much so that to claim you believe in magic today is our modern-day version of blasphemy. Which makes it all the more ironic that it’s actually at the frontiers of science that we find the first stepping stones we can use to bridge that gap between the rational and the magical.
Our modern world has no counterpart for the once-important festival of Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh or First Harvest. Why is that?
You don’t have to be perfect. I just wanted to start with that. Because the Summer Solstice is tomorrow. And I know that for every one person planning an al fresco, picnic dinner party with friends to celebrate, there are ten times as many people that worry...
We all want to feel as though our lives have purpose and deep meaning. This is happiness in the flow of everyday life. And whether or not something is meaningful to us depends on how we feel about it.