Lughnasadh, also known as Lúnasa or Lammas, is celebrated on August 1st which is halfway between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox.
Lughnasadh is an ancient Gaelic celebration that honors the God of light and craftmanship, Lugh, in a gathering of people, or assembly referred to as nasad. Today, Lughnasadh is a harvest festival marking the time when the first crops would have been traditionally reaped. Grain is the center of the festival as it is threshed and milled after the first harvest.
Corn, bread, and baskets filled with fruit adorn the altars during this festival. Bright harvest colors of gold, orange, and yellow are used for candles, ribbons to tie ears of corn, and other decorations. 🎉 Lughnasadh celebrates the cycle of rebirth as it recognizes the abundance and thriving of the world around us while at the same time acknowledging that everything will soon die.
You can place the stones on your altar or in a space where you can see them. In this way, you can gain energy throughout the year for your crafts and talents.
Lughnasadh Correspondences & Ritual
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More Ways to Celebrate Lughnasadh! 🌽
There are many activities Wiccans and Pagans can do to tune in with the energies of Lughnasadh:
Lughnasadh is a great time to be thankful, enjoy a loaf of bread and offer a piece to your deities on your altar, welcoming the prosperity and abundance of the harvest. 🍞 This bread represents everything that you have managed to harvest in your life: work, relationships, family, career achievements.
- Decorate your altar with yellow flowers 🌻, seasonal fruits, vegetables and especially cereals such as corn and wheat (but also oats, chickpeas, lentils, beans or rice).
- Scroll down to find a coloring page to celebrate Lugh! 🖨️
- Enjoy a fruit that contains seeds, realizing that this fruit does not die when you eat it because its seed will return to the earth and give life again, to sprout and be reborn.
- Choose colors that remind you of the abundance of the earth and the fields: green, golden, brown, yellow.
- Make a doll with straw or corn leaves that will represent the Sun God. He will keep you company during the year and protect your home or your altar. The next Lughnasadh, burn your doll as a sign that a cycle is complete, his death is a sign that a new one is about to be born.
Who is Lugh?
Lugh or Lug is an Irish deity represented in mythological texts as a hero and High King of the distant past.
He is known by the epithets:
- Lámhfhada (meaning “long arm” or “long hand”), for his skill with a spear or sling,
- Ildánach (“skilled in many arts”),
- Samhildánach (“Equally skilled in many arts”),
- Lonnbeimnech (“fierce striker” or perhaps “sword-shouter”)
Words containing Lu, as in the word Lugh itself, have appeared for millennia always meaning light or sun or sun god. Luwian Apaliunas, Hurrian Aplu, Etruscan Apulu, Latin Apollo.
Lugh’s mastery of all arts has led many to link him with the unnamed Gaulish god Julius Caesar identifies with Mercury, whom he describes as the “inventor of all the arts”. 🎨
It is also worth noting that parallels exist between the Irish Lugh, Gaulish Lugus, German Wotan, the English Woden, and Norse Odin. Odin was worshipped by the Norse as a god of war among other things, including poetry and the arts.
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