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Celebrate Lughnasadh With Me!

Author: Rachel Ann Sunshine
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Hurray! Lughnasadh is here! So, what in the world is Lughnasadh, anyway? The last of the full sun holidays, it is also often called Autumn’s Eve or Lammas. For some others, and myself it is time to enjoy all our hard summer work in the best way possible! Feasts and celebrations from the sundown on August 1st, till the rise of the sun on August 2nd. It is also a time to honor the passing of the Father Sun God and show thanks for the wonderful bounty we’ve been blessed with. Time to thank the soil for being rich and nutritious, the sun for bringing life giving rays of warmth, and the waters around us for providing us with fun and hydration all summer long!

Celebrating Lughnasadh, now here’s where some differ. I am going to share a few ways that my family has and continues to celebrate. Now, starting my own small family (My love and our potbellied pig, Rosie) we are now weaving this to be our own family tradition! I would like you know this is all my Mother’s teachings, and we are not very structured Pagans (if there is such a thing!) so forgive me if some of this seems strange! “Love the Earth and you will have fewer worries” is our mantra, so here are some things we would do to prepare for the festivities!

A few days before (or the day before, if you’re me!) is a good time to get a head start on some fall cleaning. Clean up the spaces you’re going to be relaxing in. Clutter traps energy! You might have some good energy all stuck in the cracks and corners of your rooms, so get your dustpan out and give 'em a hand. Having a clean space helps any ritual magick flow more naturally, as well as keep your own mind clear. Once you’re done cleaning, take the time to enjoy your clean space, using your good energy to help bless it for the festivities.

The magickal side is great fun to prepare as well! Set your Altar up with all sorts of wonderful, harvest-related things. Golden coloured stones and cloths are a good start, as are most light fall coloured anythings. Get your Besom and sweep out all the negative energy you can, get it right out the front door. Let the little buggers go elsewhere! Fill a cup of wine for the God and Goddess. Don’t forget to leave some offerings out for the Faye, because they like gifts, and it’s always good to have the Faye on your side! Honey and milk are good offerings for Faye, especially freshly harvested honey. I usually put the offering out the night before and a new one again on the night of Lughnasadh, but you can skip this entirely if you so choose. Light sage and pleasant smelling incense and lay down soft rugs. Make everything as comfy and pleasant as possible! I suggest comfy loose clothing as well. And of course, take a nice warm bath or shower the morning of the festival! Get your pets in on this, too. Nothing is more fun than enjoying the company of our fellow humans as well as the company of Mother Earth’s other wonderful creatures. Our pig, Rosie, loves anything to do with food. She had a wonderful time being part of the festivities of Imbolc (she got to eat eggwhites, a rare treat for her!) and generally liked being included in everything from setting the Altar, to the quiet time with the wishing candles! Pets are family and loved ones too, so don’t forget them!

What to prepare for the feast, now that’s the best part! A lot of Pagans differ on this, so do whatever foods you feel are best. It is the first of the three Harvest festivals, so food is going to be a big focus. Wheat and corn are having their first harvests come Lughnasadh, so including them in the feast is common. Lots of people like to bake bread on this day, putting good intentions in the dough as they work. I personally offer a little of the feast on my offering plate instead of bread, because unfortunately, I usually don’t have the time to bake. I like to add wild mushrooms and foraged mugwort, since those things are abundant in this area’s Forests at this time of year. Lastly, I’d also suggest adding wine to your feast. Not only is wine wonderful for your health (I don’t care if they say only red, I think it all is!) but also it has always had a special place in all religious Sabbats. Being with a Jewish man, I get to enjoy all those wonderful Jewish holidays as well, and boy is wine important! Drink to your health, your friends and loved ones, and finally the love of Mother Earth and Father Sky! You won’t be sorry for adding this one; I’ve never met an unhappy wine-drinker.

There is also wonderful crafting to be done! Whether it’s writing some new prayers and spells, or actual handcrafts, now is a good time to stock your craft drawers (or rooms, if you’re lucky) with all sorts of things for the winter months. Go out and collect acorns, moss, and sticks. I’ve had countless fun whittling sticks and covering them with embroidery floss to make wands as a child, so wand-making is a good activity if you have children as well! You can use willow twigs and make besoms too. Making new ritual gear out of Mother Earth’s leftovers is a fun yearly activity. Lughnasadh is a good time to gather fallen goods. This can also be done while wild harvesting for the feast, if you do have the desire to collect some delicious late summer and early fall mushrooms!

Finally, take the time to relax! Tell stories of the passing year. Communication is so very important for strong relationships. Make plans for future holidays, play games, and stargaze if the sky is clear enough. Light a candle at sunset and have everyone make his or her wishes on it. Laugh and be merry, show Father Sun that his time here has brought you great joy, and help Mother Earth through her mourning of his passing by being joyful. If you can stay up till sunrise, do so! Welcome in the darker half of the year and all the magick it brings. Sleep when you want to, after all, this is a festival!

So get out there, pick your tomatoes, and eat up! Happy Sabbat everyone! Blessed Be!





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