August 1st Lammas / Lughnasadh
The beginning of August heralds the first harvest, Lammas, Lughnasadh. Sacred tot he Celtic Sun god Lugh, the man of many skills, this is a day to enjoy the first fruits of one’s labors that began at Imbolc. Reflect on the story of Lugh’s arrival at the gates of Tara. Tara accepted those with special skills. Every skill Lugh listed was already held by someone within the gates; but no one else embodied all – that’s how he entered.
This first harvest is a time for celebration, for traditional games, and friendly competition. Spend time with friends and family, playing and celebrating in the joy of the outdoors and the still warmth of the summer Sun.
What skill have you acquired during this growth cycle? What do you need to celebrate? Is there anything you’ve done recently that needs to be cut away? Harvest is not only a time of gathering, but a time of cutting back. What do you need to cut back on in order to move forward?
Prepare your favorite cornbread recipe. Shape the loaf like a man. Bake it, share it and eat it, to signify the duality of a bountiful harvest and the need to cut back. by Cerridwen Iris Shea, Llewellyn Worldwide