At this time the festival Lughnasadh, also known as ‘Lammas’ and ‘Lunasa’, or ‘August Eve’ is celebrated from the 31st of July through to the 1st of August.
Lughnasadh is the celebration and ritual of The First Harvest; the harvest of fruit and wheat and grain. It is celebrating and acknowledging the waning of the light – Lughnasadh is the act of preparing for Winter.
It is named after Lugh Lámhfada, for his act of defeating spirits of the Otherworld and stopping their theft of the Tuatha Dé Danann’s harvest and for his skills and craftmanship. Other deities that are at the fore during Lughnasadh include Demeter, Ceres, the Corn Mother, the Earth Mother.
Some Symbols of Lughnasadh:
- Straw dolls/straw bales
- Corn dolls
- Tarot (strength)
- Runes (Eihwaz)
The Colours of Lughnasadh:
- Dark green
The Stones & Crystals of Lughnasadh:
- Cat’s Eye
The Herbs of Lughnasadh:
Important/Celebrated Foods of Lughnasadh: