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Lugh – a Time to Feast

The Festival of Lughnassadah is a cross-quarter celebration held 6 weeks after the Summer Solstice~ around August 2nd.
It is the harvest of the first fruits and grains. Mabon is the second harvest of September 20th and Samhain the third, on Halloween.
Lugh, a Germanic sun-god, was also worshiped by early Celts around the beginning of August. Some say the word Lugh, means sun or the month of August.

Typically a bountiful time when everything is being produced, fresh fruits and breads are eaten in sacred festing.
Breads woven into braids represent the triple goddess, Mother, Maiden and Crone are shared~ as is fresh grape juice rather than wine – which is served at later seasonal celebrations.
The first (or last) ear of corn is saved, decorated as a pregnant woman and held in the pantry as a good luck charm over the winter. The seeds are then used the next Spring to plant.
So, symbolically, it’s a good time to check one’s savings account and put aside a little extra to cover the lean times.

Sometimes, Lughnassadh is called the feast of sacrifice, and is rumored to have been when ancient Kings were slain for the good of the tribe, the land and it’s fertility. Thus we have mythology of slain sun-gods like Egyptian Osiris and movies like ‘Wicker Man’ retold and shown at this time of the year.

The ancient Oak and Holly King ritual where the Holly King, crowned at Yule, dies for the benefit of the tribe by the sympathetic magic of spilling blood and semen into the Earth for its fertility is customarily acted out in theatrical performances today as modern Pagans do not believe in actual blood sacrifice.
The Oak is a tree sacred to Druids and one who is ‘Oaken’ is known as the supreme ruler as the season progresses into the dark half of the year. The Oak King will relinquish his crown to the new-born Sun King, borne at the Winter Solstice and the cycle repeats.

Even as fruit is destroyed by its picking so we offer ourselves and our service to the good of our own people at this time. It’s a good time to re-dedicate oneself to service of the Lord and the Lady and care of the Earth.

Lughnassadah is a time of Gratitude, great feasting, athletic competitions, fellowship and fun.
Everybody let the good times roll! Soothe your soul by calling a friend and taking them to lunch~
Count your blessings and share what you have with everyone, because we are all one.

originally published July 30, 2011

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