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Celebrating the fruits of the 1st harvest...August 1st.

Incense: Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrrh. Herbs: Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, oat leaves, apple Mabon marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. Time for finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle.

Book of Shadows Moon: "August: Holly Moon," by Angie Latham. It makes a lovely Moon page for a Book of Shadows.

This is an Irish Gaelic name for the feast which commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of the Sun. In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. So we have a dying, self-sacrificing and resurrecting god of the harvest, who dies for his people so that they may live. Sound familiar?

Seraphimia: Lammas: August Eve

Our Next Witches Sabbat, Imbolc, February 2nd. This picture envision Imbolc, I love. It has a beautiful chant on it: "To Wisdom I call out, Wisdom I invoke, Wisdom I embrace, Wisdom that one spoke in every wheeling star, in every sturdy oak: Show your face again, Sophia! Remove your shadow cloak!"

Lugnasad: Ideas for Celebrating #Lammas: Harvest fruits and vegetables from your garden, or pay a visit to a Farmer's Market. Make Beers, Jams, Sauces or Wines. Harvest herbs for use in charms and rituals. Make a Grain Weaving or Corn Dolly. Kindle a Lammas fire with sacred woods and herbs. Sacrifice bad habits and unwanted things from your life by throwing them into the Sabbat fire. Bake an Apple Pie or Berry Cobbler. Visit a Craft or Barter Faire.

Imbolc- excellent article about Imbolc... it is traditionally the great festival and honouring of Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit), so loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. She is a Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies.

Lammas Altar

Ostara

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Llewllyn Witches Calendar 2000 (ISBN 1567189512).

Beautiful Lughnasadh (Lammas) Altar.

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Lammas/Lughnasadh Pentacle Shower Curtain on CafePress.com

Summer Solstice: "Litha," by Abby Willowroot.

Winter Solstice: BOS #Winter #Solstice cover page. "Winter Solstice," by Jaine Rose.

Beltain

Beltane is the great Fertility rite of life, starting at dusk on the 30th and continuing until the dawn of the 1st. The union of the God and Goddess to conceive the sun-child to be takes place upon this holiday,

The 13 Days of Solstice