Lammas or Lughnassadh
When: August 1st
Color correspondence: Browns, Reds, Yellows, Golds
Incense: Frankincense, Sandalwood
Gems: Amber, Citrine, Brown agate,
Foods: Wheat products, bread, corn, any harvests. Blackberries, summer flowers
The time of the year has come when we see our first harvest and give thanks for the abundance we have been given. We gather on August 1st to celebrate the God of harvest, the Green Man, as he enters the earth and gives our lands his energy. We collect our berries and wheat, in honor of the season. This is that part of the cycle of the year when we not should not only we should be thankful for what the earth has given us, but also thankful that we have been blessed to combine our labor with earth for our harvest.
One thing many of us forget when celebrating this sabbath is the sacrifice that takes place before, during, and after harvest. We sacrifice our energy to prepare our fields for growth, to collect our harvest, and to prepare for the seasons to come. The soil sacrifices nutrients to cause the seed to grow. The seeds sacrifice as the plants grow to harvest. The plants sacrifice so we can serve and eat.
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