***Excerpts from my Blog Post “Lammas and the Autumn Season“***
The Feast of Lammas is upon us!
Wait, what? What is this silly Hobbit talking about? Last year, I wanted to go into a new series installment called The Wheel of the Year. I’d like to think I hit every holiday, but I don’t know right now, I have to go back and check on my past blogs!
Lammas (in Christian/Catholic context meaning “Loaf Mass”), is also called Lughnasadh. (pronounced Loo Nah Sah). It is a Celtic Sabbat/Holiday that begins the first of the 3 major Harvest Festivals. Oh, by the way, I wanted to educate those who say Celtic wrong. Celtic is pronounced *KELL-TICK*. NOT *Sell-Tick*. Okay, I admit, that rubs me the wrong way in so many ways. It’s like someone called the Amish with the pronunciation *AY-MISH* or Italian like *EYE-TAL-YUN*. To me, it’s a bit insulting, and it can truly drive many enthusiasts like myself, mental. For some reason, many sports teams that have the word Celtic pronounce it Sell-tick, but I can assure you, the proper right way to say it is how I mentioned it above. Okay, moving on….
Lammas! Ohhhh I how love me some Harvest holidays! It’s probably one of the reasons why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays! There is something about the word “comfort” that drives all of us to find our own sense of the word. For me, comfort means my home. And it’s going to be extra special since this will be our first FULL autumn in our new home! It means all the stuff I love around me. It means listening to music I love, smelling aromatic candles, drinking an amazing tea, reading a good book, a nice casserole in the oven, my husband and children around me. That’s comfort. Comfort is a rainy day in the autumn, when you wake up and realize you don’t want to get out of your pajamas. And you don’t. Whoever said you have to get up every morning and get dressed like in your Sunday best everyday is for the birds! People are going to accept you, whether you have makeup on, or going au natural.
Comfort is taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon on that said rainy day, smelling the rain and feeling the cool air coming in. I love days like that. But comfort is different for each person. What is your form of comfort? Think about it and write a list out. When you realize what things make you feel comforting, then do what you can to make it happen!
Lammas is the beginning of the Harvest. The first seeds planted in Spring are now ready to be picked of their ripened fruit. Many will start to see the hay barrels in the fields from farmers picking their crops. This is a good time to start thinking about what you are going to plant in the Autumn for next year! Spring bulbs may be on sale in grocery stores or produce markets, so this is a great time to make a list of what you want to see pop up in Spring of next year! Sadly, my garden has taken an INCREDIBLE beating this year with the heat and humidity of the Summer. So much has died and withered, and I just wasn’t home enough to tend to them, OR I was home and the heat was too hard to bare, I couldn’t even get outside or my lungs would have flared up tremendously from how weak they get during this time of year. So, I stay indoors and work on my dried herbs I already was able to harvest, as well as work with my tinctures and teas, and even today, I baked Soda Bread!!!! YUM!
August 1st is the Feast Day of the Celtic deity, Lugh (hence the name Lughnasadh). Lugh was revered by many as the man who sacrificed himself to give people the comfort of a good harvest. He was in ancient times known as the Corn God. Understandably why corn is usually harvested this time of year. Nevertheless, this is a time of turning inward. Just the beginning of it, though. We are still in the throes of hot and humid weather, with lots of sunny days and warm nights ahead of us. But the air is changing, and many can feel it right now. Some associate it with the beginning of school, and whatever you need to do to understand why we are in the process of a season change, go with what feels good.
Right now, in my home, we are continuing our path to organization by preparing ourselves for what we hope to be an annual yard sale! I promised myself come hell or high water we were going to get this house situated for living, and although we’ve been here for 9 months, we still have boxes to go through (yeah, I know). Living with people who have a hard time purging old things, rooms can get pretty crowded in here quickly. So, my daily talks about how good we feel when we are uncluttered I am hoping are getting into their heads! I hope to be starting the autumn season with lighting some fall candles, and I don’t know about you, but it just feels right to do this now. I love going to places like AC Moore and looking at all the Autumn/Halloween goodies that are already out on display. I love planning on how I’m going to decorate this year. I think its good to change it up every year. It always gives off a fresh energy when you change things around, even with decor that only stays up a few weeks.
If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming season and how you can incorporate rituals in your life to make yourself more spiritually grounded with our Earth, keep coming back here, as I will have different ideas you can do to make this next season inspiring and fun! Autumn is always easy, because there is SO much to do! But remember: do what makes YOU feel good, instead of what everyone else is telling you how things should be. You will be surprised how good it feels when you walk into this next Season doing things YOU love to do!
Next Saturday, my beloved Circle is getting together to celebrate this wonderful Season with great food and great drink, campfire and swimming, and crafts galore, and we continue as we always do, in perfect love and perfect trust.
As above so below, as within so without.
As the Universe, so the soul. Blessings to you all!
Love, Peace and Macaroni and Cheese,