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Article: The Symbols of Lammas

The Symbols of Lammas

This week we are celebrating Lammas - the celebration of the harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. Our nature-inspired jewellery make the perfect amulets for this time. Read on to learn more about the symbols that represent this harvest festival.

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Demeter, as Corn Mother, represents the ripe corn of this year's harvest and Her daughter Kore/Persephone represents the grain - the seed which drops back deep into the dark earth, hidden throughout the winter, and re-appears in the spring as new growth. This is the deep core meaning of Lammas and comes in different guises. The fullness and fulfilment of the present harvest already holds at its very heart the seed of all future harvest.

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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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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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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.