Lughnasadh Blessings

Lammas / Lughnasadh Blessings…2015

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is one of the pagan holidays that I have missed posting about in the past, due to summertime travels and being away from the computer. Not this year! I was unpacking two decorative mirrors and my Wheel of the Year, and noted that Lughnasadh has arrived. A blog I recently began following also had a great link to this post about baking Lammas bread, so I figured I’d link it here.

Here’s a little bit of info about Lammas / Lughnasadh from The Goddess and the Green Man:

It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle. It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the great Celtic Sun King and God of Light. August is His sacred month when He initiated great festivities in honour of His mother, Tailtiu. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. Circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic, was popular, as were all community gatherings. August was considered an auspicious month for handfastings and weddings. But underlying this is the knowledge that the bounty and energy of Lugh, of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning…


I’ve always enjoyed the cycles of the seasons – the days are definitely growing shorter. It’s winter in the southern hemisphere, but the days are slowly growing longer…the Spring Equinox occurs in September for the southern half of the world. Wherever you are, may your day, and the rest of your weekend, be wonderful, delightful, and peaceful. Enjoy time with your family, friends, and loved ones.


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