Games Lugh Plays...
This festival is named after Lugh, the Celtic God of Light. According
to many Wiccan writers, he dies at this time, so this festival is about
the death of light in some ways.
Looking closely at the ancient
myths, some writers have suggested that in actual fact the games referred
to were games played at Lugh's foster mother's funeral. Her name was
Taillte and in Ireland the festival is called Tailltean's games.
In some traditions, the death of the Corn King happens at this time.
He personifies the Spirit of the Corn. Of course, because it is harvest
time, this is the reason for his death. It is a sacrifice for which
we give thanks.
In other traditions, it is the time when the sacred marriage between
the God and Goddess occurs. This is the reason why some Handfastings
occur at this time. It is traditional in Ireland, for example to begin
the year and a day marriage at this time.
Of course, it is harvest time. In the time of our ancestors, it was
a busy but rewarding time. It must have been full of happiness for the
success of the crop but also heartache for the fact that the store must
be looked after and that it may not last the winter.
Unfortunately with today's modern farming methods, it is not easy for
us to gauge how our ancestors must have felt to bring in the harvest.
If possible, try to go and see a farmer cutting down the crop. It might
not be the same as it used to be but you will get the idea with a bit
of imagination. Alternatively, try to visit a Neolithic 'grain site'.
These are often rings on top of mounds where archaeologists thought
that Neolithic peoples stored their grain. It is probably easier to
visit a site if you are in the UK. Ask your tourist board for information.
If you cannot do either of these, you could try growing some Cress or
sprouts before your celebration. Then you can 'harvest' them as part
of your ritual.
It is appropriate to bake bread on this day. Don't worry if you think
that bread is difficult and time consuming to make. It isn't really,
you just need to prepare and organise a bit. Besides, how often does
a Sabbat come around? You might as well make it special!
There is nothing more rewarding than pulling that first loaf out of
the oven. If you have never made bread before, then please make an effort.
You won't be disappointed. Why not try one of my recipes?
The alternative name for Lughnasadh is Lammas. Lammas means 'loaf mass'.
It's name suggests the furious baking that might have gone on on this
day in celebration of this festival. Although Lammas is more known as
a Christian festival, some Witches use the name instead of Lughnasadh.
The Goddess Habondia could be celebrated on this day. Today is a day
for celebrating all the wonderful things we have. Today should be full
of abundance and wealth - that doesn't necessarily mean wealth of money.
It is a good day for sending out good thoughts to those who are less
privileged than us. You could always give some money or send something
It is a good day for helping others on this path or for trying to receive
some help from a more experienced Witch. It is a good day for all types
of communication. If possible try to camp out for the night. However,
for reasons of safety, please try to camp with a friend(s). I would
love to believe that there are no bad people in the world or that because
you were 'in' with the Goddess then you would be safe but unfortunately
that is not true. Please do not take the 'it will never happen to me'