This Tuesday Lughnasadh/Lammas, is sharing the day with the Full Super Moon!
This Sturgeon moon is the first of two full moons in the month of August and comes to us in the sign of Aquarius. It is illuminating the first harvest festival and amplifying the energies all around.
I’ve written about Lughnasadh in the past and you can check out last years blog on the subject here.
Just a few additional tidbits about this celebration as well as some reminders.
Lughnasadh is a Celtic festival and specifically means Lugh’s Assembly. This is a time when many fairs and events occurred bringing communities together. Games played during these gatherings were often tests of strength and agility, bringing a warrior energy to the forefront of these gatherings.
During this time Siruis, the dog star has risen and this change in the skies marked celebrations across many cultures outside of the Celtic realms, most tied to some type of harvest festival.
It was traditional to bake bread from the grain of this first harvest and we sometimes hear this celebration called lammas or loaf mass.
Another tradition includes crafting a corn dolly. It was believed that the spirit of the corn must be cared for and preserved until the next crop was planted. The last harvested corn husks were crafted into dollies and given a place to reside safely until the spring when they could be planted in the fields, bringing the energy of the corn back to life once more.
Warrior magic can also be performed during this time.
Consider calling on animal allies for strength and crafting symbols of them out of natural items, painting their images on stones, or creating a talisman to hold the energy of this animal and bring strength.
You might also consider making a warrior mask. You can do this with paper mache or get a “blank” mask from the craft store. You could even use a white paper plate as your base for this project. Paint and decorate this mask imbuing it with warrior energy so that when you don this you become the warrior within.
You can use the amplification of the full moon to charge up your warrior magic!
Following the tradition of baking bread on this day, you might do just that and pair it with a soup or salad crafted with seasonal veggies and even edible flowers.
However you choose to celebrate this holiday, be sure to take some time for considering what you are harvesting with this first gathering of crops.
What have you been growing within your garden of Self? What has come to fruition?
Honor the work you have done.
For a little inspiration you might check out this Lughnasadh playlist (I did not make it but I am enjoying it) or create your own!
I wish you all a blessed Lughnasadh!
If you could pick one song that embodies you, one song that you feel in your bones whenever you hear it, what song would that be?
I’d like to craft us a community playlist made up of these song essences.
Reply to this email with an artist and song name and I’ll add it to the list, then share that list with you when it is complete.
Are you going to be joining me for our August invitation?
After crafting up the Inner Alchemy Journal I wanted to get a chance to use it with all of you!
For the month of August I will be posting in the Facebook Group, Instagram and Facebook Stories and the Diving Deeper Community to share my own daily practices with this journal.
If you are not already in the Facebook group, be sure to join in so you can share your own practice with all of us.
Need the journal? You can get it here
We begin Tuesday.
See you then!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT