Lammas: Now the Dying Must Begin

August 1-2 marks the mid-point between summer and fall. Known as Lammas, or Lughnasadh (LOO-nesah), it’s one of the 8 ‘Cross Quarter Days of the year. I am quoted in this article. 

Lughnasadh wicca pagan Tara Greene

Lammas or Lughnasadh can be also celebrated on AUGUST 2nd. I am quoted in this article.
Technically the SUN is at the 15th degree of LEO on AUG 8th for those who like to be actually aligned with the passage of the SUN.

August 1 is known as LAMMAS in the wiccan/pagan calendar of the 8 rounds of the wheel of the year

Lammas is a Christianized version meaning “loaf Mass.”

Lughnasadh is its other name. We are half way to the AUTUMN Equinox now.

This feastival honors the Grain gods. It’s a very very ancient festival. From the races before the Celts.

At this time of year, The Bees are Buzzing, or should be. Where have all the bees gone? Monsanto?

It is traditionally celebrated as the wake of the Sun KING, who is dying now in the waning of his own Light. The Goddess cuts down the sun king. We are in the Feminine half of the year since Summer solstice.

British witches celebrate it on August 6 this is a cross quarter station in the round of the year.  It occurs in relationship to Leo the Lion, the Royal watcher related to Archangel Raphael and the heart chakra and the deep emerald-green colour.

It was a time for communal festivities, crafts, jams, plays, dances, what we think of as a Renaissance fair.

A highlight of these festivals was a wheel set afire and rolled down a hill called  “Catherine wheels. ” Based on a mythological figure, her worshippers were the CATHARS or Cathari= heretics who were routed out by the Catholic Church. The word catharsis comes from the same Latin root.

BONFIRES are always part of this festival perhaps to give the Sun more light.

Celebrations include making 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,


The conveners would eat the star cookies and celebrate.

Like the Tarot image of THE STAR-#17 THOTH deck

The STar Thoth Tara Greenealways a message of Hope- when you wish upon a star.

Think about how your seeded ideas and goals have manifested since Spring EQUINOX. Measure what has grown high, what has blossomed, what hasn’t. Take stock of your life on all levels, as a measure. You are now in the home stretch of greatest growth. Use the time wisely.

Enjoy your Lammas celebrations.  I will be having a small ceremony with my family. We send blessings to you and yours.

Source: Lammas: Now the Dying Must Begin

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Sagittarius Moon, Goddess Diana Astrology


Sagittarius Moon, Tara Greene

We are off to an optimistic start with the Moon in Sagittarius until the 3rd. The Moon in Sagittarius will boost everyone’s spirit, so get happy, think big, be vast.

Truth telling learning inspiring traveling and being easy to get along with are all Sagittarius traits. The 9th sign is ruled by the Big winded planet JUPITER aka  Zeus in Greek mythology/ JOVE in Roman and the root of the word jovial meaning good-humored. Sag. is the most mature of the three Fire signs and the root of the word SAGE.


Diana, Goddess Astrology Tara Greene

To the Greeks, she was Artemis, the Goddess of the hunt. Diana is an Asteroid as well #73. There is also an Asteroid Artemis #105. Their myths are intermingled and show similar aspects. You can look up where either Diana or Artemis is in your natal chart at you can insert the numbers of the asteroids. Diana’s archetype is always that part of you which remains independent and roams free. Diana is also known as a virgin goddess she never married and she is also the protectress of babies at birth and of young children. She can be very fierce killing anyone who hurts one of her animals or who invades her privacy. She was always seen hunting in the woods with her dogs and she is also the archetype in Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. 

After that awkward Inconjunct with the Goddess of Love Venus in Cancer who wants JUPITER/Zeus to come home for dinner of course. If you know your Greek Mythology you know that Zeus is always off philandering. How does this aspect relate to your life?

Moon trines MARS and the SUN IN LEO in PDT/ Aug 2 EDT and GMT

Fire Trines Astrology Tara Greene

A red-hot happy partying “go for it”energy. You may be tooo fired up to sleep so use that energy to pursue some educational goals or venture out on a big learning curve.

Moon squares NEPTUNE in PISCES in the a.m. on Wed.

This is very dreamy and spiritual. Fantasize about big adventures travels soul mates. Very creative. Make yourself a  dream mandala.

Moon sextiles JUPITER in LIBRA

The ruler of Sagittarius and the Moon are in harmony. A nice energy for later in the day. Good for fun socializing, cocktails and romance. Everyone will be in good spirits and be acting so nice.

URANUS turns RETROGRADE which I wrote about previously this is in PDT and on the 3rd in EDT and GMT.

The chaotic elements slow down. That’s good we need that. 

We are headed up for that AUGUST 7 LUNAR ECLIPSE at 15 degrees AQUARIUS. Everybody’s talking about the Great American Total Solar eclipse on the 21st but all eclipse have big impact. I’ll write about it soon. 

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