Lammas/Lughnasadh 2015

lammas/lughnasadh 2015

Lammas/Lughnasadh/First Harvest 2015

Lammas/Lughnasadh 2015

July is rapidly giving way to August. August brings us Lammas/Lughnasadh on August 1st. It is known as the First Harvest, It is of course a cross-quarter day, one of the four High Holidays or Greater Sabbats of Witchcraft, occurring 1/4 of a year after Beltane. It’s true astrological point is 15 degrees Leo. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday and it means ‘loaf-mass’, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest. In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as ‘Lugnasadh’,(Loo-nah-sah) a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish sun-god Lugh who do not actually die[mythically speaking]until fall equinox. The first harvest is usually the harvesting of corn and wheat which makes bread a special part of this celebration. It is at Lughnasadh that we honor John Barleycorn and thank him for his sacrifice for his life will feed the people.

In preparation for the First Harvest celebration we will begin posting articles that correspond with Lughnasadh and the foods, activities, and magickal  things you can do to enjoy the magick of the First Harvest of 2015, Who knew that the baking of fresh bread and the making of corn bread can be considered a magickal pursuit?