I'm calling it... what else?, but...
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I'm calling it... what else?, but...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
This is the time to celebrate the first of the three Pagan harvest holidays, Lammas/Lughnasadh, Mabon/the Autumn Equinox, and Samahin/Halloween.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
*This is one of the Lammas posts I wrote last year. I thought it would make a good repost to start off my Lammas/Lughnassadh series of posts for this year' Sabbat. Enjoy :)
I hope you are all having a nice Summer. It's a bit hard to believe that Lammastide is upon us again, after all, it seems as if the Summer just started; instead of time to get ready for it's big Grand Finale! But, of course, that is how it always goes.
For those of you who are marking your first turn of the Wheel as a Pagan or a Witch; there can be much to learn about this fascinating Holy Day (actually month!), and why we celebrate it.
And for those of us who have danced this Wheel many times; this is still an exciting time. We are busily making our preparations for the Sabbat; reveling in the beauty of the Season with old favorites, and adding new traditions to our repetoire as well.
Possibly harvesting our Summer Gardens, or gathering our crafts to go to one of the many Craft Faires and Festivals that mark the end of Summer. Admidst all of this hustle and bustle, the nights are getting a bit longer, and the thoughts begin to turn to the early Autumn Days ahead.Lammas, or Lughnassadh, is the first of the Three Harvest Festivals of the Year, First Fruits, and a time to celebrate the bounty of the Harvest Mother; and a time to mourn the waning power of the God, as He is sacrificed along with the harvest.
It is a time to pay homage to Lugh, the Craftsman God of Light, as well as the Sacrificial Oak King. Also, a time to honor his Foster Mother, Tailtiu with outdoor games of skill. She was origionally a Spirit of the Land, most likely, who died after clearing the forrests of Ireland to prepare for planting.
In many agrarian cultures, it was, and in some places still is common to bring the first harvest to be blessed at the Lughnassadh Celebration, or by the Parish Preist. In addition to honoring the Spirit of the Grain by keeping the last sheath of wheat, or ear of corn, it is common to craft a Corn Mother effigy, to be sown into the feilds at the start of the next planting season.
Here are some of the correspondences of Lammas; followed by some ideas for celebrating the Sabbat, and this time of year in general. LAMMAS/LUGHNASSADH CORRESPONDENCES
ACTIVITIES & RITUALS: Giving Thanks for the Harvest of both physical and spiritual gains; The time of reaping what one has sown; Giving thanks to the Mother for her bounty upon the Earth; Marking and mourning the 'death' of the God, and the Spirit of the grain; Rituals of Releasing and Sacrificing what one wants to get rid of; Harvesting & Baking Breads; Offerings of the Produce and Grain Harvest being blessed and/or thrown into the fire; Grains being woven and braided into Goddess symbols; Corn Dollys and Grain Mothers; Doing Rituals and Spell Workings for Prosperity, Protection and the continued Fruition of Goals.
GODS> Lugh, The Sun God, The Oak/Holly King, Adonis, Dionysus, Tammuz,
GODDESSES> Demeter/Ceres, Persephone, Habadonia, Sif, Hathor, Cerridwen
FOODS: All Grains, Breads, Corn, Apples (Sacred to Lugh), Early Summer Fruits and Vegetables, Summer Squash, Ciders, Ales & Wines, Berries, Grapes, Plums, Pommegranites (Pesephone), Preserves, Jams, Tarts and Pies, Honey
COLORS: Red, Yellow, Orange, Gold, Copper, Bronze, Brown, Tan- the colors of the Sun, and of Grain
SYMBOLS & DECORATIONS: Corn Dollys, Grain mothers, Braided Grains, Wheat Stalks, Corn, Threshing Tools, Scythe, Sickle, Summer Vegetables and Squashes, Dried Herbs and Flowers, Candles, Cornicopias,
TOOLS: The Athame
STONES: Carnelian, Amber, Citrine, Tourmaline, Tiger's Eye, Brown Agate, Desert Rose, Red, Brown, Rutilated and Lepordskin Jasper,
INCENSE: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Patchouli, Musk, Rose,
HERBS: Acacia, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Cumin, Curry, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Myrrh,
FLOWERS: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Marigolds, Daisies, Heather, Rose, Chammomile, Passionflower, Hollyhock,
TREES: Oak, Mistletoe, Cedar, Mytle, Rosewood, Madrone
IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING LAMMAS
Harvest fruits and vegetables from your garden, or pay a visit to a Farmer's Market
Make Jams, Sauces or Wines
Harvest herbs for use in charms and rituals
Make a Grain Weaving or a Corn Dolly
Kindle a Lammas fire with sacred woods and herbs
Sacrifice bad habits and unwanted things from your life by throwing them into the Sabbat fire.
Bake an Apple Pie or Berry Cobbler
Visit a Craft or Barter Faire or simply have an afternoon of crafting, by yourself or with friends, in honor of Lugh, the Master Craftsman God.
Attend an early Harvest Festival
Go Wine Tasting or host your own by having each of your friends come over for a Pot Luck Dinner and Wine Tasting
Try a new recipe for cooking your favorite summer vegetables- or try a new vegetable
Make a Sabbat Altar indoors or out
Try a new recipe for a Sabbat Oil or Incense
Go to a farm to pick apples or berries
Take a drive into the countryside to enjoy the last of summer, and the change of the seasons
Spend a clear evening outdoors observing the early autumn night sky and constellations (with or without a telescope)
Go Camping...even in your own backyard!
Take some time to observe the different species of trees, herbs and flowers that grow locally in your area this time of year.
Pay attention to which animals and birds are spending time in your area at this time of year.
Study some of the folklore that surrounds this holiday.
Learn about some of the Gods and Goddesses that are honored this time of year; read their myths.
Perform a Releasing Ritual, an Offering, or a Thanksgiving Ritual.
Make magickal Charms or Talismans to be blessed on Lammas.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I have been having all sorts of fun with this Smilebox photo editing program.
These are just my first couple of creations, - and with so many photos at hand, and the countless options and projects available...I know that I will be creating many, many more! The collage (above) is of my daughter Makayla...just some photos from earlier this Spring.
And the greeting below is one I made for a very good friend that I recently reconnected with. Many more are in the works! :)
~Danae <(:o) ...lovin' my crafty life... :)
Monday, July 5, 2010
Here is what was used:
Here are the little blessing bundles I made for burning in the Sabbat fire.
I charged them with their purposes; and after they dried out a bit
-we burned them on the night of the Solstice.
Jasmine, Lavendar, Mint
Sunday, July 4, 2010
This top photo is Sadie (the Mama cat- and my baby); and the lower photos are of our smallest kitten, 8 month old Tootsie.
Tootsie had taken off with a few peices of the ribbon while the girls were crafting the wands... and soon after she tired of chasing the ribbon wands- she went back to attacking her own ribbon buddies. (Lazy cat!)
We all had a nice Midsummer's Eve afternoon with this. Then, we had some more Midsummer fun later. I have more photos coming in the next post.
PS~ I hope that all of my American readers are having a real nice Fourth of July. (And that everyone else is having a lovely weekend as well!)