It is worth noting that I do not celebrate Lammas. *Insert Big Grin* In deference to the “traditional” Pagan Wheel of the Year, I DO send out wishes for a Happy Lammas/Lughnassadh to those who are celebrating.
My August celebration comes in mid-month with propitiations dedicated to Hekate.
Back to Lammas. Lammas is listed as the first harvest on the Modern Pagan Calendar. There are also ties to the Celtic God Lugh but in my Goddess-focused brain, it never really made sense to me. It is also an awkward date that never quite seemed correct to me as it is not precisely between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.
No matter though, August is certainly a time for celebration in deference to the bounty of the Great Mother. Fruits, vegetables and all of the delightful foods of the earth are being harvested in great abundance and carry the flavors of earth and sunshine within them. You will find me at the market sniffing the tomatoes that have just arrived from New Jersey – they smell like home to me since I was born and raised in Delaware.
In recognition of the sacred harvests from our Beloved Mother, I do think Lammas (also called Loaf Mass) is a wonderful time to gather with friends, bake a homemade loaf of bread, pour lovely fruity glasses of wine and raise them to Demeter as Goddess of the Grain.
Gateway Goddess also has a great take on Lammas and one that totally makes sense to me: Bless the Bees – It Wouldn’t Be Lughnassadh Without Them
Some interesting history on Lammas:
“Throughout Britain, Lammastide was the time for paying up rents and other obligations. For the many people who did not own land or even work a plot, at Lammastide it was customary to bake special loaves, called “Lammas Bread”, and offer them to the landlord and to the parish vicar. There is good reason and much historical evidence to suggest that this tradition found its roots in Roman Britain, where the goddess Demeter and similar Celtic deities were given special offerings at – or around – the first day of August. Regardless of its exact origin, Lammas is a very old tradition in the British Isles which is continued in North America, and it remains a time of accounting – literal and figurative.” – In Puris Naturalibu
However you are celebrating – Wishing you a blessssssed August!
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