Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh

Celebrating Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-NAH-suh) is celebrating seasonal changes that are represented through the Wheel of the Year. Based on the Solstices and Equinoxes, the Wheel of the Year is an ancient concept that marks the changing of the seasons and cycles of nature. 

Lughnasadh

The Wheel of the Year is often depicted as a wheel with eight spokes, representing a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth – just like the cycles of nature. It honors the belief that time operates cyclically, turning like a wheel.

Holidays
The Wheel of the Year marks eight festivals, or sabbats, that signal shifts in the season, weather, and natural world:
• Imbolc – February 1st
• Ostara – Spring Equinox
• Beltane – May 1st
• Litha – Summer Solstice
• Lughnasadh – August 1st
• Mabon – Fall Equinox
• Samhain – November 1st
• Yule – Winter 
 
Also Known as Lammas, Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest holidays in the Wheel of the Year. It is traditionally celebrated on August 1st, however some will celebrate on the astrological date when the Sun is at 15 degrees Leo, the exact halfway point between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and Fall Equinox (Mabon). In 2024, that dates falls on August 7th. 
   

This sacred festival is historically dedicated to the Celtic sun god Lugh, a deity of light, craftsmanship, and skill. As the sun reaches its zenith, the Celts believed that Lugh empowered the earth with his energy, ensuring a bountiful harvest for the coming months. This was a time of celebration and gratitude to the land for a successful harvest which would feed their people during the difficult winter months. Ancient communities marked this first harvest celebration with gathering of grains and baking bread.  Some people refer to this time as Lammas meaning half-mass or loaf-mass, a term used from the anglo saxon christian church celebrating the harvest of the first grain which made the bread.

Now in our modern times, we honor this time of year and celebrate with festivities, gatherings with feasts, and games. Lughnasadh is often referred to as the pagan Thanksgiving. To honor this mark towards the turn of seasons, we’ve provided a list of correspondences for your altars and activities you can participate in to celebrate!

Lughnasadh Correspondences:

Animals: roosters, chickens, calves

Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, orange calcite, sunstone

Herbs and Oils: rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, calendula, sunflower, safflower, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood, aloes.

Colors: bright summery shades of yellow, orange, red, and gold. 

Symbols and Decor: corn, cornucopias, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain, fruits and vegetables, corn dollies, baskets of bread, spear, scythe, sickle, bonfires, fire, spear, harvested herbs, picnics.

Food: homemade breads, loaves of bread, corn, corn bread, barley cakes, potatoes, summer squash, nuts, wild berries, applies, rice, pears, strawberries, watermelon, berry pies, elderberry wine, mead, grapes, bear.  

Energies: reaping, prosperity, reverence, purification, transformation, the bread of life, the ever-flowing cup, abundance, fruits of your labor, good fortune.

Element: fire

 

Activities & Rituals to Celebrate

  • manifesting rituals
  • make a corn doll
  • picnics
  • a gathering feast with friends and family
  • bonfire
  • axe throwing
  • make flower crowns
  • make a cornucopia
  • country fairs
  • goal setting
  • bake bread
  • harvest from your garden
  • games of competition
How will you be celebrating Lughnasadh this year?
 
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