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Lughnasadh Blessings! :))))
Merry Meet and Lughnasadh Blessings to you all! :))))))) Tonight is the first of the harvest festivals that we will celebrate over the next few months to include Mabon and Samhain in September and October. Tonight's Sabbat falls in between the Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, as we turn the wheel of the year once again. For those of you that garden you will recognize that most vegetable crops are ready now. I know we are having fresh veggies from my little garden almost every night here. :)))) I've also noticed many of the apple trees in my area now have apples and I'm looking forward to their ripening in September. :))))
Tonight is the night to celebrate the spirit of the harvest and give thanks for the abundance that Mother Earth is blessing us with at this time. In the Northern Hemisphere most traditions celebrate Lughnasadh on August 1st. In the Southern Hemisphere it is celebrated on February 1st. Our days are starting to get shorter, but we still have more light than darkness in our days.
You may also see tonight referred to as Lammas by most who are not Celtic. The Word Lammas means loaf mass, and you will find some Christian traditions have passed on this ancient pagan holiday and still practice it today. In ancient English customs, the people would bring a loaf of bread made from that first harvest to the church.
Lughnasadh gets it's name from the Celtic Sun God Lugh. It means the "marriage of Lugh." In Celtic traditions, tonight we honor the God Lugh, the celtic craftsman, and the God of skills and talents and light. In Celtic mythology, Lugh is associated with the grains and harvests as he once held a harvest fair in honor of his stepmother, Tailtiu. The name Lugnhasadh comes from his name and is in honor of his work, and the fair he held that day in tribute to his mother. The three days prior to this festival were considered sacred to ancient Celts, and they used them as a time of purification.
It is also an old Celtic custom to harvest billberries on this day. If the harvest was abundant it was considered a sign of how the next couple months of harvest would go. The closest thing I have to billberries in my area is blueberries. :))))))
I plan on going blueberry picking this afternoon with my little ones up in the mountains. I am bringing some bakery bread with us. :)))) We don't eat bread all that often, so the bread and blueberries will be quite the treat for us. :))))))))) We will then go for a hike and look for some wild wheat grass, which I'm going to play around with weaving with them. :))) I'm hoping to make a few decorations for my altar for ritual on this night. :))))))) If you are talented with baking bread or making corn dolls today is a great day to do that. :))))))
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.
Have a Magickal Day!
Much Love and Many Blessings,