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Lughnasadh and Tonight's Full Corn Moon
Merry Meet and Lughnasadh Blessings to you all! :))))) It's a very exciting night tonight as Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, falls on the night of the Full Corn Moon. This is the time of year where we celebrate the fruits of our labors from spring and early summers. The gardens are packed full and we are getting ready to prepare for the end of summer. Our summer vegetables are starting to come to an end, and we are getting ready to welcome in the corn, apples and other fall goodies that the vibrant colored leaves will bring with them. Tonight is the night to celebrate the spirit of the harvest. In the Northern Hemisphere we always celebrate Lughnasadh on August 1st. In the Southern Hemisphere it is celebrated on February 1st.
Tonight we also honor the God Lugh, the celtic craftsman. Lugh is known as the God of skills and talents. In Europe you will find many towns named after him. The Celts had several Gods and Goddesses. In Celtic mythology, Lugh is associated with the grains and harvests as he once held a harvest fair in honor of his stepmother, Tailtiu. He is where the name Lugnhasadh came from. In honor of him and the fair that he held that day. Today we honor him at harvests. We also call upon him with creativity and skills.
If you are doing a ritual tonight, here are some ideas to prepare your alter. If you are choosing to honor the God Lugh tonight place a symbol of your craft or trade upon your alter. Other items that are appropriate to include for tonight's celebration include baskets, grains, fruits and vegetables, other symbolic gardening items, and fresh flowers. Some symbols of Lughnasadh include grapes, corn dolls, iron tools or weapons and armor, fall flowers, straw braids, and onion garlands. Altar cloths should be in rich yellows, oranges or reds to represent the end of summer and upcoming fall harvest. Candes should be in rich fall colors as well, reds, oranges, and yellows.
Full Corn Moon
Tonight we also celebrate the Full Corn Moon. It gets it's name from being the time that we typically start harvesting corn. It is sometimes referred to as the Barley Moon as it is also time to harvest Barley as well. Tonight is a night of harvest. The Corn Moon is a great time to focus on spiritual and physical health.
Correspondances For Your Magickal Workings Tonight
Color Correspondance: Yellow, Orange Red
Gemstones: Tiger's eye, Carnelian, Garnet, Red Agate
Trees: Cedar, Hazel
Gods: Vulcan, Mars, Nemesis, Hecate, Hathor, Thoth
Herbs: Rosemary, Basil, Rue, Chamomile
Love and Blessings,