Lammas 2016

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The very fact that I am late with this post reveals the busy time of harvesting that Lammas represents. Lammas is theDSCN4502 Harvest Festival of the traditional calendar. A time when thanks and sacrifices of corn harvests were offered to the Cereal Goddess Ceres/ Cerealia/ Demeter and Ludh, the Corn King. I am writing this while sitting by my medicine wheel. The Oats are golden, the Angelica seeds are bronzed and you can hear the sound of combine harvesters in the background bringing in the harvest. Yet as some plants fade others are coming into bloom – the Mugwort and Marshmallow only just opening their flowers.

Lammas was a time for social gatherings, when births and marriages would also have been celebrated, trading and horse fairs. Mummers performed at theses gatherings tales of the death of the corn god and his resurrection in the seed next year.

Trees such as Rowan, Yew, Oak and Apple were important at this time. Apples were harvested, cider made, and the last apples left on the tree for the ‘Apple-tree Man’. The Oak produces Lammas Shoots, representing its ‘quick moving power’ and it’s Goddess Diana of the hunt and harvest. Rowan’s berries begin to ripen and the birds eat their fill, singing after, the inspirational muse of the Rowan. And finally Yew. A powerful protector at Lammas when Ogham staves were cut from it.

meadowsweetMeadowsweet is associated with Lammas as people wore garlands of its blossoms in their hair and drank tea made from it, its ‘heady narcotic perfume’ bringing them into contact with Mother Earth.

So enjoy the abundance of the Earth’s fruits and revel in the coming light of the fruit and harvest full moon this month.

simone melanie, Lammas, 2016

References:

Elisabeth Brooke, A Woman’s Book of Herbs, 1998.

Glennie Kindred, The Earth’s Cycle of Celebration, 2002.

Jaqueline Memory Paterson, Tree Wisdom, 1996.

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