Lughnasadh, Lammas, the first harvest of the year!
Such a comforting cup of tea with sweet and woody rooibos as the base. A sprinkling of oats, a few sliced strawberries dusted with the tiniest pinch of cinnamon, and a grassy-sweet helping of chamomile flowers reminiscent of the dried fields of late summer waiting to be harvested.
You can find this lovely tea here!
Yes, this one is a little late, though for me, I celebrate each Sabbat 20 days before the actual date, as well as 20 days after. The Sabbat seasons work well this way for me as the energy grows, peaks, subsides and moves into the next quite nicely 🙂
But back to it being late, I’m actually going to vend at my first craft show at the beginning of August, so it’s been quite busy around here with preparations, and orders, and planning! I’m quite excited, and if you happen to live in Southwestern Ontario, you should come visit! It’s on Thursday, August 10th, between 10am-4pm. It’s in Sauble Beach, at the community center.
This will likely determine whether I want to do shows more regularly, but I’m not gonna plan that far ahead before even having experienced it! Excited though!
I haven’t talked much about my shop lately since I’ve been wrapped up in all things Baldr the past while (not even complaining). Anywho, I’m having a sale for the next week as we enjoy the blue moon and Lammas (or just the blue moon if you don’t celebrate Lammas).
For any reading over 10$, you will get 20% off until August 5, 2015. Just type in LAMMAS in the coupon box when you’re in checkout and voilà!
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Lughnasadh is upon us! The first harvest of the Wheel of the Year, and a time for us to rejoice in the bounties of the earth and our lives.
On the 1st of August, we celebrate this first harvest festival of the year. It is named after the Celtic God, Lugh, who dedicated the festival to his foster mother, Tailtiu, who died after having cleared a great forest so that men could cultivate the land. She told the men of Ireland to hold funeral games in Her honour and as long as they were held, Ireland would not be without song.
It is now the time of year when we begin harvesting grain and some fruits (mostly berries). Fertility magic is continuously performed to ensure the continued bounty of the land. To celebrate, bonfires, music and dancing is to be had. Magic(k) involving personal fertility (not necessarily of the conceiving babies kind) is also performed that we may continue to grow and be bountiful in our own lives. We are coming to the time of year for personal reflection, and going inwards.
This is a great festival to do some cooking/baking! Make breads, pies, potato pancakes, mmm!
What will you be doing for Lughnasadh?