Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Happy Lughnasadh!

In the traditional “Wheel of the Year,” Lughnasadh—also known by the Wiccanized name of Lammas—is the first of a triad of harvest Sabbat celebrations (the other two being the fall equinox/Mabon and Samhain). Lughnasadh began here in the Pacific Northwest at 1:46 this morning.

Lughnasadh is the time to consider our personal harvest. What have we grown, manifested, and harvested in the past year? What have we nurtured to fruition? What do we look to create and produce in the year to come?

It’s traditional to celebrate this day by feasting on the “first fruits” of the harvest: grains, fruits, veggies, herbs, etc. Corn and wheat are significant symbols of the Sabbat. Last night, Grey School friend Aaran and I shared a small “feast” of organic peasant bread with an olive oil/herb dip, fresh blackberry preserves, blackberries picked in my yard, raspberry cordial (thanks, Valbo!), and hot apple cider. Mmm….

Above is my Lughnasadh altar, paying homage to seeds and herbs and growing things, and always, always with GG’s little cauldron at the back.

Many blessings!

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