Calendar of the Sun
Colors: Gold and blue
Altar: Upon a golden cloth set a single blue candle, a bunch of herbs from the garden, lengths of
twine, a bowl of rainwater, a bucket of manure tea, and several empty baskets.
Offering: Water and fertilizer, to be added to the garden.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian
Media Aestas Invocation
Earth, your bounty is showered upon us!
We walk amid your green leaves
And cut down what you give us,
And the harvest begins in earnest.
Bless us with a full pantry
As the Sun begins to wane,
Let us eat his light in the food
You gift to our table.
We now enter the time of year
When we do take more than is given,
Yet even now we will water and feed you,
For this is the dance of giving.
And we shall do the sacred act of cultivation,
Weeding that which hinders our harvest,
Bringing the first death that Life may go on.
Chant: Gift given
Hands receive you
Brings the sheaf to you
(Two who have been chosen to do the work of the ritual take up the rainwater and the manure
tea, and carry them out tot he garden, where they are ceremonially poured around the roots of
the herbs and vegetables, and especially into any plots of land where everything has been
harvested. All others follow with empty baskets to harvest some thing from the garden, or twine
to cut herbs and hang them to dry. After this, each should do some weeding, as weeding is the
sacred cultivation work of this season. The weeds should be placed in a compost heap with all
due reverence; we take their perfectly legitimate lives that our own plants may grow.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]