It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first grain harvest, a time for gathering together and giving thanks for abundance. Read on to learn more about the symbols that represent this harvest festival.
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It is also the festival of Lugh, the great Celtic Sun King and God of Light. August is his sacred month when he initiated festivities. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. At this time, the bounty and energy of Lugh, of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift, with growth slowing down and the change of seasons approaching.
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2. The Grain Mother
At Lammas, the Goddess is in her aspect as Grain Mother, Harvest Mother, Earth Mother, Ceres and Demeter. Demeter represents the ripe corn of this year's harvest, and her daughter Persephone represents the grain. The fullness and fulfillment of the present harvest already holds at its very heart the seed of all future harvests.
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By this stage in the year, the flower heads are full with petals, and they spend the whole day gently turning their heads to gaze at the sun. In the Aztec temples of the Sun, Priestesses carried flowers and wore them as crowns.
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4. Leaves & Herbs
Leaves and herbs have magical properties of both protection and healing, and at this stage of the year, their properties of drawing abundance and prosperity are most appropriate.