Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lughnasadh: The Beginning of the Harvest

It's finally upon us, August first and the first of three Pagan harvest holidays before Winter sets in Lughnasadh (Loo-nah-sah)  or Lammas as some call it. The harvest season is now underway and the height of summer is coming to a close to make way for fall.


A Brief History of Lughnasadh

The Germanic Tribes associated this day with Frey, the Norse God of Fertility, Good Weather and Prosperity; thus this day is also be known as Freyr's Day or Freyfaxi. Lughnasadh's name comes from the Ancient Celts in celebration to the God Lugh, the deity of the Sun.

I bet you're noticing a common theme here.


Today will mark the beginning of the decline of Summer, and thus, the sun will also start to noticeably become dimmer as fall starts setting in with winter not much further behind it. This holiday may not be seen as such an important day to us in modern times, but that does not mean it was unimportant. It was the day where the results of the hard work put into the fields would start to come to fruition, and it was also the day to predict if the harvests would be able to feed everyone when Winter finally set in.

So as one could imagine, this was a fairly important day to our ancestors. Despite the fact that modern convenience has made this holiday seemingly less important than the others following it, it still can provide many spiritual advantages in celebrating it.

For instance, the rewards of our own spiritual growth could be shown more so than perhaps earlier in the year when everything, including goals, were still budding and in the works ( Especially if intents were set during Beltane). This is a time in which you should realize, no recognition, the abilities that you've acquired through the year and furthermore celebrate that this is only the beginning of what is to come.

This is a time to not only harvest what has come to be in the garden but also time to harvest what has blossomed in our souls.

Celebrating Lughnasadh

There are several ways to celebrate Lughnasadh. Common signs associated with this holiday are the sun and wheat, and what better way to utilize both than to bake bread. If you can, home baked bread shared with family and friends is the best way to celebrate. After such, take time in nature, whether you go to the park or even put together a hiking trip, enjoy the warm days while they last for they will begin to swiftly slip away into winter.

Any in season ingredients that you can add to home-cooked meals would be another great way to add to the festivities. Some will build corn dolls and burn them in a display of shedding old energies. Wicker men are also burned in a similar manner.

When it comes to decorating your altar if you have one, use decorum that has gold and green on it. An Apple would be a good offering for any Gods or Goddesses that you wish to worship on this night.

Incense
Sandalwood, Rose, Aloe

Food

Grain, Berries, Apples, Breads

Gods and Goddesses

Demeter, Lugh, Freyr, Thor, Sif,


To learn about other Pagan holidays, click here!