Lammas, also called Lughnasadh,

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Lammas, also called Lughnasadh,

Time: August 1, 2014 all day
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Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, falls at the beginning of the harvest season. Apples are ready and grain is beginning to ripen. It's also a day for honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god.

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, celebrates the early harvest.

Lammas is a time of celebrating the beginning of the harvest, a theme seen often in the sacrifice of the grain god.

Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, falls at the beginning of the harvest season. Apples are ready and grain is beginning to ripen. It's also a day for honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god.

August 1 is known as Lammas, or Lughnasadh (it's February 1, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere). This is a day to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest, when the grain and corn is gathered. It's also a time, in some traditions, of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Here are some ideas for dressing up your altar for your Lammas (Lughnasadh) celebration!

Lammas/Lughnasadh is a celebration of the early grain harvest

In nearly every ancient culture, Lammas was a time of celebration of the agricultural significance of the season. Because of this, it was also a time when many gods and goddesses were honored.

Honoring Lugh of the Many Skills
August 1 is known in many Practitionertraditions as Lammas, and is a celebration of the early harvest. However, in some paths, it's a day to honor Lugh, the Celtic god of craftsmanship.

Lammas is the first of three harvest Sabbats, and celebrates the crops of late summer and early autumn.

A time of grain and fruit, Lammas (also called Lughnasadh) is the first of three Practitionerharvest celebrations. In some traditions, it's the day to honor Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god.

There are a lot of myths and folklore surrounding Lammas, or Lughnasadh.
Spirit of the Grain - Honoring the Soul of the Harvest
The idea of honoring a "corn mother" at Lammas time is hardly a European invention.

The Legend of John Barleycorn
A traditional English harvest legend is the story of John Barleycorn, whose tale is a metaphor for the cycle of grain, and includes birth, suffering, death and eventual rebirth.
The Final Sheaf
In many countries, the harvesting of the final sheaf of grain was cause for celebration. Find out why this Lughnasadh tradition was so special in the countries of the British Isles..

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 2, 2012 at 3:03pm
Lughnasadh is the cross-quarter festival that heralds the start of the autumn quarter
of the year and the end of the summer quarter.
Even though Lughnasadh occurs at the warmest time of the year,
it marks the time at which days become noticeably shorter.
 
The autumn season contains three harvests, and Lughnasadh is the first of these,
the time when the first corn harvest is cut.
Lughnasadh is named after Lugh (pronounced "loo"), a Celtic deity of light and wisdom.
At Lughnasadh, bread from the first harvest was eaten in thanks,
and this tradition was continued in the Christian church's Lammas ("loaf-mass") service,
where the first loaf would be blessed at mass.
 
Lughnasadh is a time to take stock and be thankful for what we have and what we have achieved.
It is a time for sharing and appreciation,
a time to consider our situation and learn the lessons of the ways
in which we have reaped what we have sown,
for good or for ill.
It is also an auspicious time for deciding how to get the most
from ongoing situations or projects,
and how to bring more negative influences to an end.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 2, 2012 at 3:03pm
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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:42pm

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:42pm

When's the last time you paused to take stock of your skills? Can you claim the things you're good at or are you always focusing on the things you wish you could do better? Have you patted yourself on the back lately for a job well done?

No?

Well, here is your big chance. It's Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-nas-ah)! An ancient Celtic holiday named in honor of the god Lugh, Lord of Light & All Skills. On this day we have an opportunity to ...

take stock of our skills & abilities
celebrate the success of our labors
boast (a little) about our legitimate talents
take time to honor those who have helped us develop our skills
(a parent, teacher, mentor perhaps)
acknowledge the skills & talents of others
revel in our accomplishments
commit to nurturing our talents

Traditionally, Lughnasadh is a harvest holiday, celebrating the first fruits & grains of the harvest. What are you harvesting in your life? What have you sown & reaped? Take stock, honor & celebrate your achievements!

Have a boasting party with your friends & take turns touting your own achievements;
Send a letter or email to a friend to let them know how proud you are of something they've accomplished;
Make a collage to commemorate your successes this year!
Write a list of all the things you're good at & post it up on your refrigerator;
Ask your friends to add things to the list that you might have forgotten or been to modest to claim (Do the same for them!)

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:41pm

Been wanting to develop a new or latent skill ~ maybe painting, writing, fishing, public speaking, hang gliding, _____________ (fill in the blank)? What are you waiting for?

Make a commitment to create time in your life for that activity. Go out under the golden sun and declare your intention LOUDLY! Then take a definite action to make it a reality (call about classes, start doing research, join an email list about your topic, buy some paints, schedule 15 minutes a day to just write!) Go for it!

Lughnasadh or as the more modern Celtic call the beginning of harvest season, Lá Lúnasa, is on August 1st. We welcome the harvest of grain, vegetables and berry fruit with traditional gatherings, festivals, farmer's markets and activities. This is a time for reunions of family and friends who may arrive in time for handfasting ceremonies.

In Celtic mythology, the Lughnasadh festival began as a funeral feast for the god Lugh. Physically punishing games commemorated his foster-mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. The Áenach Tailteann was a time for contests of strength and skill, and a favored time for contracting marriages and winter lodgings. Peace was mandated at the festival, and the freedom to practice religious celebrations were enjoyed by all.

Traditional Gaelic tend to celebrate Lughnasadh at the time of first fruits, or on the full moon that falls closest to this time. In the Northeastern United States, this is often the time of the blueberry harvest, while in the Pacific Northwest the blackberries are often the festival fruit. Lá Lúnasa thanks the spirits and deities for the beginning of the harvest season, and to propitiate them with offerings and prayers to not harm the still-ripening crops. The god Lugh is honored by many at this time, as he is a deity of storms and lightning, especially the storms of late summer. Gentle rain on the day of the festival is seen as his presence and his bestowing of blessings. Many honor the goddess Tailtiu on this day, and may seek to keep the Cailleachan ("Storm Hags") from ruining the crops.

Lughnasadh or Lammas is one of the eight sabbats in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It is the first of the three autumn harvest festivals, besides the Autumn equinox (also called Mabon by Wiccans) and Samhain. Both Beltane and Lughnasadh are best for handfasting. Some Wiccans may bake the figure of the "corn god" in bread, symbolically sacrificing the bread before eating it.

Traditional Foods Apples, Grains, Breads and Berries.

Herbs and Flowers All Grains, Grapes, Heather, Blackberries, Sloe, Crab Apples, Pears.

Incense Aloes, Rose, Sandalwood.

A Sacred Gemstone Carnelian.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:40pm

Harvest Activities
Many Pagans celebrate the harvest bounty with a shared feast and Celtic games. If you've saved the seeds from the fruits consumed during previous feasts or ritual, now is the time to plant them. When they sprout, plant the tree or shrub with care to symbolize your love for the Lord and Lady. Spend time strolling through forests, fields and orchards, dip your feet into the springs, creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes that nourish the Earth.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:40pm

Here's a Blessing for Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
Blessed be the Earth for giving birth to this food
Blessed be the Sun for nourishing it
Blessed be the Wind for carrying its seed
Blessed be the Rain for quenching its thirst.
Blessed be the hands that helped to grow this food

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:39pm

Lammas (August 1)

Also known as Lughnasadh, or Lughnassad. It is celebrated by some covens on August 5, the date of Old Lammas, when the sun is at 15 degrees Leo, while still others celebrate on the Lunar Lammas, the date of the eighth Full Moon of the lunar year when the Moon is in Aquarius.

This sabbat is the funeral games festival of the Celtic sun god Lugh. Lugh is said to have held the first festival in honor of the death of his foster-mother, Tailte. It is a sabbat celebrating life, strength and family. In Ireland, it is the traditional date for handfastings, as well as the Tailtean craft fairs.

Lammas is also a celebration of the first harvest of the year. This is when the spring plants and trees drop their fruits and seeds, and the first crop of grain is harvested. It signals the first signs of autumn, with the Sun God entering his mature years. He symbolically loses strength each day, as the nights get longer. The Mother Goddess is now glowing in her pregnancy, and life and abundance are everywhere.

Deities: Lugh, Apollo, Hercules, Demeter, Ceres, Gaia, Danu

Colors: yellow, orange, red, green

Foods: apples, grains, breads, berries, grapes, pears, barley soups, beer, mead, wine, apple cider

Herbs/Flowers: all grains (protection), grapes (fertility, garden magick, money), heather (protection, rain-making, luck), blackberry (healing, money, protection)

Trees: apple (faery folk, love, healing), pear (lust, love), oak (the God, protection, health, money, fertility, luck), elder (the Goddess, protection, healing, prosperity)

Incense: aloe (protection, luck, healing), rose (love, enhance psychic powers, healing, luck, protection), sandalwood (protection, wishes, healing, spirituality)

Crystals: carnelian (protection, peace, eloquence, healing, courage), bloodstone (healing, victory, courage, legal matters, wealth, strength, business, agriculture), yellow topaz (protection, healing, weight loss, money, love)

Activities:

· Feasting with the fresh crops.

· Harvesting.

· Save the seeds of ritual fruits and plant them to honor the God and Goddess.

· Athletic games.

· Craft fairs.

· Handfastings.

· Nature hikes.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:39pm

LUGHNASADH INCENSE

2 Parts Frankincense
1 part Heather
1 Part Apple Blossoms
1 pinch Blackberry leaves
few drops Ambergris oil

Burn during Wiccan rituals on Aug 1 or 2, or at that time to attune with the coming harvest.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 1, 2012 at 12:38pm

August 1st 2012 CE is:

- Lammas/Lughnasadh
- The full Corn Moon and a Heron Moon in Aquarius
- The first of all months is the day of Janus; the God of fresh starts, change, opportunity and 'never shutting one door w/o opening another'
- A Wednesday, which is Odin's day
- This is during a Merc Retrograde that's in Leo
- The first of the month is payday for many :)
- We're having a munch :D
- And the first is supposed to be the day that my Will gets transferred from that shitty base in Afghanistan to a much better one XD

Celebrate the beginning of the Harvest and the ending of summer well. Let us reflect, give thanks, have hope and enjoy; my friends.

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