As my family prepares to observe Lammas or Lughnasadh on August 1st, I can’t help but think of the word “Harvest.” I think of my ancestors working and harvesting lands to provide food and their connection to nature, weather, and land. In this modern age, as I reflect upon my immediate family, I can’t help but ask: “What have we physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially harvested up to this point?” Reflecting upon our past choices is a type of looking back at the intentions or metaphysical seeds previously planted. My ancestors planted fruits and vegetables. What did we plant earlier this year and what are we planting today?
I’m grateful for Grocery Stores, and I’m grateful that I don’t have to grow all our food and hunt for my family’s meat, but I can’t help but be sadden at how disconnected I can be from nature. These Sabbats originated because a failure to align with the changing seasons meant starvation- but is not cutting out connection with the earth a form of spiritual starvation?
Please don’t misunderstand. Again, I love technology. I love my life. I’m grateful! I just want to focus on nurturing and feeding my spiritual needs as well. The best way for me to do this is to engage with the seasons as a family.
After much thought and reflection, I’ve come up with 7 ideas on how we plan on celebrating this Sabbat.
1. Eat Bread! Lots of Bread!
Seriously! Lughnasadh represents a time to harvest grain. Although I wish I had the will power to be gluten free, the truth is I’m not there. I love bread. But for this special occasion I intend on breaking bread with my loved ones in an environment enwrapped in love. Savor the food and give thanks to all the hands that worked together in bringing the food to your home!
2. Cook Together
Breaking bread is wonderful and bonding, but cooking together is even more powerful! The contribution of the ingredients and the efforts brings harmony and joy. Sometimes the most basic kitchen ingredients are the most magical. If you have little ones like I do, they may not be able to literally help cook, but they can contribute in spirit. Give the baby a safe, rounded edge wooden spoon to play with and let her learn to cook!
3. Decorate in Yellow, Gold, Orange
Colors bring unique vibrational frequencies to the festivities. I like to incorporate Yellows, Golds, Oranges, and soothing Browns into the decorative elements to celebrate Lughnasadh. This holiday is the beginning of the Harvest so now is a great time to start bringing these colors back into the home!
Both Aesthetically pleasing and smelling, I love adding yellow flowers to my Lammas celebration. Marigolds and Sunflowers bring bright light and joy! Any flowers you can add will elevate the celebration, and they are beautiful!
Every item on this list has engaged the senses. I love adding music to a celebration! Although dancing isn’t necessary it’s definitely a bonus. When I’m really happy I notice I dance goofy. If you don’t feel comfortable dancing goofy on this day you are around the wrong people.
6. Nature Trail… if I’m Lucky but Playground at Least
The area I live is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning! So , I may have to postpone my familial outside time for a few days! Be that as it may for me, part of the Sabbats is outside time. I live in an area with beautiful nature trails. Sometimes the weather isn’t conducive to a hike but I can certainly spend time outside as a family. My daughter loves playing outside. While she’s playing I can observe, cast a circle, give thanks, and observe this sacred time completely incognito. The unknowing outsider will simply think I’m walking around!
7. Gratitude List
This is a practice that can be done at any time of the year. While I believe Gratitude should be practiced as often as possible, a Sabbat is a perfect opportunity to make a list of that which I’m grateful for. I find that when I make a Gratitude list with my husband, I’m always uplifted afterwards. Sometimes adding more people adds more power. Gratitude isn’t a Pollyanna empty attempt to be positive. Rather it’s a sincere and objective paradigm shift that puts everything in its right perspective.
Lughnasahd is a Major Sabbat that occurs on a fixed date (August 1st) every year at 15° Leo. Although this Celebration doesn’t receive as much attention as Imbolg, Beltane, or Samhain, do not underestimate its importance or power! With Leo being a Fixed Fire Sign and the Holiday’s timing exactly in the middle of the Sun’s Transit in this sign, clearly the Fire energy is in full force! Lughnasadh is the beginning of the Harvest Season and the beginning of the end of Summer. Enjoy this sacred time and enjoy your families!
Love, Light & Reverence,
Maria Mercedes O’Neill
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