This week, in Hag Stone Journal, we explore harvest festivals and Thanksgiving. I write about ancient harvest rites in Britain, sacred wooden spoons, Grandpa Fred’s oyster dressing, a New Moon releasing ritual, hints for hosting a Friendsgiving, and more.
“Harvest festivals, like Thanksgiving, have a history that stretches back to ancient Greek women who honored Demeter and Persephone at the festival of Thesmophoria. A harvest festival has been celebrated in Britain since pagan times, the Jewish festival of Sukkot is mentioned in the book of Exodus, and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has been celebrated since the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BCE). This week, feel your connection to these ancient celebrations. Create sacred moments or rituals that acknowledge, honor, and express gratitude for the abundance of the universe.”