August 1-2 marks the mid-point between summer and fall. Known as Lammas, or Lughnasadh (LOO-ne–sah), it’s one of the 8 ‘Cross Quarter Days of the year. I am quoted in this article.
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,
“MAY THE STAR OF HOPE BE WITHIN US ALWAYS.”
The conveners would eat the star cookies and celebrate.
Like the Tarot image of THE STAR-#17 THOTH deck
always 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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