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Lammas: Celebrating the Fruits of the First Harvest by Anna Franklin

By Anna Franklin

Even though it has a desirable background, little is understood approximately Lammas (or Lughnasa), one of many 8 gala's of the witches' Wheel of the 12 months. Celebrated in early August to mark the start of harvest, it comes from the Irish Gaelic nasad (games) of Lugh (a prime Celtic deity and hero). Lammas is helping you have a good time with recipes, incense, spells, conventional kinds of divination, and a number of other complete rituals, a few by no means sooner than released.

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By a trick, she inveigled him into sleeping with her and get­ ting her pregnant. When the king discovered what had happened, he was over­ come with disgust and guilt and took up his sword to kill her. She fled from the palace, but he caught up with her on the brow of a hill. Just as he lifted the blade to strike her, the goddess Aphrodite took pity on the girl and instantly changed her into a myrrh tree, which the sword cleaved in two. 2 Out tum­ bled the infant Adonis. Aphrodite caught him and concealed the lovely boy inside a chest, which she asked Persephone, the queen of the Underworld, to look after.

4. Identified as anemones or red roses. 1. +5 Around the \'{'orld tlarvest iuieted ,be and giving ~m. g eyes, gown. of any­ He vic­ ed as a des or )fRus­ aIvest. :t time :1e far­ ing of role as :1 who ill as a ubble. : corn. ca. he ~pin )se he The Russians also have a more helpful spirit, the Belun, a little old man with a long white beard and gown. The Belun helps the reapers and is said to bestow fine gifts upon them. He only appears during the day and guides anyone who has lost his or her way.

100), the Athenian astronomer Meton dated the he1iacal rising of Sirius to July 20, but his contemporaries dated it to July 23 or 27, depending on whether the real or apparent rise was referred to. 6. Pliny, Natural History II. 7. E. B. Hydrophobia is better known as rabies, one of the symptoms of which is a blazing thirst but a fear of water. 9. Marcel Detienne, The Gardens of Adonis, 1977· 10. Manilus, Book 5 ofthe Astonomica. 11. Witches will recognize this story as the descent of the goddess into the Underworld.

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