August 1,Lammas Pagan Festival

August 1st, Lammas is one of the 8 stations of the Sun in the wiccan/pagan calendar year. This is the position of the South West on the sacred wheel of life.

Lammas  pagan Tara Greene witch
(RNS1-AUG. 1) Revelers of Lughnasadh, the wheat harvest festival, erected this straw-filled representation of a diety at a Scottish island in 2000. For use with RNS-PAGAN-LAMMAS transmitted Aug. 1, 2014. Creative Commons image by Bruce McAdam

The original wheat/corn man before being burned. The original Burning man.

It is traditionally a time of celebration of the harvest. John Barleycorn or a corn man figure symbolizing the sacred grain and most especially a sacred loaf was baked and offered to the four directions and the earth in gratitude. 

loaf, baking, sacred meals Tara Greene

Traditional Lammas Loaf, 

The Goddess CERES/ Demeter would be honored as the giver of abundant grains. 

Lughnasad is its other name. We are half way to the AUTUMN Equinox now. It is an Air element festival traditionally celebrated as the wake of the Sun KING, who is a star,  is dying now in the waning of his own Light. Cookie people figures and star cookies are baked in celebration.  It is time of anxious waiting, we are not yet assured of a harvest which will keep the people alive. It is a time to free oneself from FEAR.  A snake dance is created going counter clock wise, bread figures are thrown into the bonfire to symbolize the burning up of one’s fears. Then one says what one hopes to harvest. Symbols of STARS are held up. The High Priestess would say,

“MAY THE STAR OF HOPE BE WITHIN US ALWAYS.”

The coveners would eat the star cookies and celebrate. see link below for more details 

 The symbol for the sign of Aquarius in the 22 MAJOR TRUMPS of the TAROT is the STAR.

#17 The Star Aquarius Thoth tarot

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/islandblogging/blogs/000081/0000005269.shtml

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Have a happy Lammas and Holiday weekend in Canada, it’s a civic holiday.

I will be available for phone readings this Holiday weekend.

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John Barleycorn Must Die Stevie Winwood/Traffic 

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