SABBAT: August 1st
Lughnasadh is a festivity of Gaelic origin celebrated on August 1st during the ripening of the harvest or the first Full Moon in Leo, marking the beginning of the harvest, the first of the year, named in honour of the Celtic god Lugh or Lug. Also known by Lammas, a name derived from "Loaf Mass" (Mass of the Loaf).
Lughnasadh is the time of the first harvest, and of the seeds that will ensure the future harvest. The earth is honoured for its fertility, and congratulations are given for a job well done.
It is celebrated with markets, outdoor games, feasts and bonfires. It is the time of the first harvest, and of the seeds that will ensure the future harvest. The earth is honoured for its fertility, and congratulations are given for a job well done.
The feast has a double purpose: to celebrate the efforts made and to ask the Gods for a good harvest in the future.
Mystically, the God loses his strength as he passes his peak, before the sad and joyful gaze of the Goddess, for his seed grows in her womb, and He will be reborn.
Lammas marks an important point in the solar cycle, in the Wheel of the Year. The God is born in Yule, is a child in Imbolc, an adolescent in Ostara and finally an adult in Beltane. Litha marks the peak of his power, and Lughnasadh is the time when he tends the crops and animals while becoming aware of his mortality. Mabon will find him preparing for his death, which will occur on Samhain.
Celebrating the unborn fruit of the union of the Goddess and the God, that is why it is a month for weddings and unions.(...) It is the time to give thanks for the harvest received, the fruits of the earth and the fruits of our life.
With the harvest, people take into themselves the strength that the God placed in them, accepting their sacrifice, and using that power to strengthen their own growth. On this Sabbat, we harvest the fruits of the seeds we have planted in Ostara, and from them we will gather the seeds that will wait during the winter to be planted.
Celebrating the unborn fruit of the union of the Goddess and the God, that is why it is a month for weddings and unions.
It is the time to give thanks for the harvest received, the fruits of the earth and the fruits of our life. That which we sowed in winter and the goals we have worked for that we see blooming and can enjoy today. It the moment to celebrate abundance, for relating with others and sharing. Enjoying the warmth of the Sun God and dancing around the fire.
I encourage you to celebrate this holiday with family and friends as it is the right time to socialise and share. If you celebrate with children, I encourage you to explain to them the origin of the celebration, the origin of the food we eat, the importance of taking care of our environment to be able to harvest those fruits and how fortunate we are to have food on the table every day. Celebrate abundance and don't take it for granted.
While you can celebrate this on your own, the kids are sure to enjoy some of these activities too:
Broom or Besom:
Create a broom. It's a great magical tool and a wonderful blessing for the home. You can decorate it however you like, add some mint branches or plants, even paint or carve symbols on it.
Grain Mother/Corn Dolly:
With whatever you have on hand, it can be wheat, barley or rye, create a doll using string to shape the limbs and head.
While you can find traditional recipes for making Lammas Bread, you can make the bread however you like. It is ideal if you can decorate it with seeds. Use some of this bread as an offering to the Gods, to the Earth, share it with your loved ones and enjoy feasting on homemade food made with love and intention.
Celebrate an outdoor bonfire in the company of your loved ones. Share the food you have prepared and share stories and the long summer days that are slowly getting shorter.
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