Lughnassadh

 

In early August, our thoughts begin toward preparation for the coming winter, and the next three sabbats are festivals of the harvest.

 

Lughnassadh is another cross-quarter day, falling between the summer solstice (Litha) and the autumn equinox (Mabon).  It is known as the "Harvest of the Grain" because this is the time when the first of the summer crops are ready to be brought in from the fields.  Wheat, corn, barley, and rye, along with other grains are harvested and play an important role in the Lughnassadh feast. On this day we celebrate the abundance of the Goddess.

Symbols and Themes of Lughnassadh

Corn

Wheat

Cornucopias

Phoenix

Reaping

Scythe

Threshing Tools

Gingerbread Men

Colors of  Lughnassadh

darker shades of yellow, gold, yellow-brown, bronze

Deities and Archetypes of Lughnassadh

Dana

Demeter

Ceres

Isis

Llew

Lugh

Any deity who sacrifices him or herself for the substance of their followers.

  Make Your Own Paper

Here’s a great green way to make your own paper for your Book of Shadows, for written spells, or for correspondence.  It seems pretty complicated at first, but if you follow one step at a time, it’s really not so hard.  Look for ways to add a little magic to your paper-making process!Recycled paper can be made from old newspaper, phone books, junk mail…pretty much any old paper you have lying around.  But be sure to stay away from “shiny” or waxed paper, because it won’t work as well.

 

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  Painted Sandwich Buns

 

This is an awesome idea I found on the internet.  You can use this painting technique on any type of pastry. Use it to draw symbols, runes, or words on to your bread.  Remember to use your magical intent!  The recipe is for very delicious sandwich buns.

 

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  Wild Blackberry Thumbprint Cookies

Berries, and especially blackberries, are a common theme for Lughnassadh. Here in the south, blackberries grow everywhere in the wild, and I can remember gorging on them all summer as a child. For a great treat, try this delicious cookie recipe from Southern Living.

 

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MAGIC

WELSH

SPELLS

ENERGY

GODDESS

MOON

WANDS

TAROT

SAMHAIN

LABORADITE

PEONY

PINE

NEPTUNE

MUSIC

SUN

REBELLIOUS

INTEGRITY

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