Aloha Daughters of the Goddess,
The heat of the Summer Sun is beating down upon many of us, here in the San Francisco east bay, it has been sweltering in the 100’s the last few days. It has been the increasing heat of the Sun that has brought us to this sacred time of first harvest. Driving outside of the urban areas I see the fields that were expanses of growing things waving gently in the breeze being harvested. Fields now full of bales of hay sitting baking in the sun. Sweet corn fresh off the stalk is in the markets. And the tomatoes are popping out on the vines in abundance, getting ready for what is to come. What a beautiful bounty our Mother provides. Come and join us in celebration of Harvest time and Lammas.
Celebrate Lunar Lammas and Tailtiu
Irish Goddess of first Harvest, Mother,
And Birth/Death regeneration
August 1, 2023, 7pm – 9:45pm ~ In person
Full Moon in Aquarius
$25 ongoing exchange/$15 first time newcomers
RSVP for ritual locale & directions
At Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the cycle of the year shifts from growing time to harvest. We move fully into the harvest when the first grains are collected and ritualistically sacrificed to continue the cycle of life both spiritually and physically. It is a time of personal reflection and the first harvest of our actions, events and experiences, our gains and losses. A time of personal fertility magic to ensure the bountiful harvest of life. Lammas is a festival of not only life and bounty, but of harvest and death, the complete cycle of life. We dance and contemplate, reap and distribute, rejoice and reflect upon this the first harvest in the Wheel of the Year.
Tailtiu is the Irish Goddess of Lammas. Lammas, or Lughnasadh as it is called in the Irish/Celtic world, is traditionally celebrated on August 1st and is Her festival. Her name means “Great One of the Earth” and She is a Goddess of vigor, strength and endurance that is womyn. She was married to the last great Fir Bolg kin, Eochaid mac Eirc, who named his palace after Her and Her step-son is the great Lugh of Celtic lore. Her people needed food and it is She who lead them and cleared the trees from large areas of land so it could be tilled, planted and harvested. She is a Sovereignty Goddess associated with the harvest, especially wheat. Inherent in the harvest is the death of the growing season and the seeds of rebirth.
What are you harvesting this season, what seeds that you have planted are you still nurturing for the next harvests? There are 3 in the year. What are you celebrating? Come and join us in a celebration of Lammas/Lughnasadh. For the altar please bring a candle (in a container) the colors of harvest if you can, any pictures or images of Her. Or things of the first harvest, wheat (or items made of it like bread), corn, apples (especially crabapples if you can find them), or any things being harvested in our area. Most importantly bring yourself!
If you are interested in participating in our ritual please see our participation page. Mahalo
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