The Astrological Importance of Lughnasadh

The Fire Festival of Summer

The festival of Lughnasadh, later known as Lammas, is one of the four grand sabbats of witchcraft traditions, and one of the four sacred fire festivals of the Celtic peoples also celebrated by modern Pagans.  The four festivals all have fire playing a central role in some way.  Beltane and Samhain, the high holy days of modern witchcraft were traditionally centered around large bonfires or balefires of a sacrificial or celebratory nature.  During Imbolc, or Candlemas one of the only festivals frequently celebrated indoors we see the great fire and coming sun represented by candle flame.  Lughnasadh is directly across the wheel from Imbolc and during the hot-dry summer the fire of the Sun is already manifest in the sky above.  Sun disks or fire wheels were also used to symbolize the solar rays of the sun, often rolled downhill in representation of the Sun’s descent over the horizon.

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The First Harvest (Lammas): Suggestions For Practices And A Simple Elemental Ritual

Whatever you call the midway point between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox, it’s a time worthy of celebration. The First Harvest represents the bounty of the land and our lives. I take this time to reflect upon my personal bounty and crops, review my projects and relationships and crafting a corn dolly. Then it’s time to honor the local harvest with a simple feast. The grand finale is a contemplative ritual involving the elements.

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When Maiden Becomes Mother

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When Maiden Becomes Mother

Lammas Traditions from Nebraska to Wales
by Brighid

Once again, we approach the fall rituals of harvest and riches of the Earth Goddess, thankful for Her bounty She bestows on us. Lammas, August 1 (its celebration typically held the night before, July 31), is the time of the first grain harvest, with objects made of grains (wheat, barley, corn and so on – for example, a bundle of corn stalks) being considered very magickal, for they represent the generosity of the Mother.

Lammas is directly contrasted in the wheel of the year to Imbolc. The two holidays represent opposite aspects of the Goddess. At Imbolc She is the Corn Maiden, fresh and new after her winter rest, and at Lammas She is the Corn Mother, the crone with all development and fruitfulness coming to an end. Lammas also involves the Sun King becoming the Dark Lord…

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How many of you had money bet that we would really show up today, lol! Just kidding, see I still have my dry sense of humor. We are going to try to get back to our regular schedule. The only thing I see coming up in August is on the 10th, I have a doctor’s appointment and we will be away that day. But that is not what I wanted to talk to you about or let you know….

I have had several people ask me if we are going to resume our Saturday Meet & Greet chats, the answer is yes. We would have had one this past Saturday but we were sort of moving. I apologize for that and beside we don’t have internet or a phone at the cabin yet. You know I am enjoying the hell out of that too. I thought I wouldn’t but I…

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The Wicked Witch is Back With Her Motley Crew, August 1st

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To all our friends downunder….

Wishing You & Yours A Very Beautiful & Blessed Imbolc!

I know I am probably a day late on wishing everyone down under “A Very Happy & Blessed Imbolc!” If I am not a day late, then I am probably posting this and they will see it early Thursday morning down there. My life’s story a day late, a dollar short!

So how have all of you been doing? I hope super!!! I know I am having my first taste of freedom in several, several months but tired out also. I didn’t realize we had that much stuff to move. Someone told me, “we had lost everything in the fire.” Come to find out there was somethings that were salvageable and in a storage unit. Not only did we have to move the boys and my stuff out of the rental house, we also had…

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