Wheel of the Year

Blessings on Lúnasa, Imbolg and Pachamama Raymi

Starting at dusk tonight, July 31st, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the first of the three harvest festivals: Lúnasa, aka Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nah-suh), and Lammas. In the Celtic/Neopagan Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not just one Autumn Festival but three:  the First Harvest (aka First Fruit) of Lúnasa on the traditional date of August 1st, the Second Harvest… Continue reading Blessings on Lúnasa, Imbolg and Pachamama Raymi

Wheel of the Year

Lúnasa Origins and Lore

Image sourced via Canva Pro I'm so looking forward to celebrating Lúnasa, and will be celebrating on the traditional date of August 1st . . . and likely on "true" Lúnasa too, the precise midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, which this year falls on August 7th at 12:36 UTC (per archaeoastronomy.com).… Continue reading Lúnasa Origins and Lore

Wheel of the Year

Corn husks and silk: crafting and tea for Lúnasa

Each year at this time, I use the abundant corn husks for crafting items for my Lúnasa altar (corn dolls, etc), and often save and dry the excess husks to have on hand for Imbolg celebrations too. I much prefer this to buying husks at craft stores, as I have no idea if they have… Continue reading Corn husks and silk: crafting and tea for Lúnasa

Wheel of the Year

Blessings on Lúnasa and Imbolg

Blessings to all on the Fire Festivals of Lúnasa and Imbolg! Traditional Lúnasa arrives at sunset tonight in the Northern Hemisphere, as does Imbolg for those in the Southern Hemisphere! In Celtic traditions, the day begins at sunset … so these fire festivals begin this evening and continue through to sunset on August 1st! In… Continue reading Blessings on Lúnasa and Imbolg

Courses & Workshops, Wheel of the Year

Join me for Lúnasa Season

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will soon be celebrating Lúnasa (also the Irish word for the month of August) and those in the Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating Imbolg. Many celebrate on the traditional date of August 1st, the closest Full Moon or on the "true" date of August 7th, or simply when it feels that… Continue reading Join me for Lúnasa Season

Wheel of the Year

Lúnasa Season Course: register now

To our kin in the Southern Hemisphere, I invite you to join us to celebrate Lúnasa Season. Explore the season from Lúnasa — also known as First Harvest, Lammas and Lughnasadh, traditionally celebrated on February 1st in the Southrn Hemisphere and August 1st in the Northern Hemisphere — through to the Autumn Equinox: celebrations and soul work… Continue reading Lúnasa Season Course: register now

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, which – for me  – perfectly captures my thoughts about Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) and other harvest festivals: that true abundance is intangible and that we are a speck in the immense cosmos around us, a piece of star dust in the human form. Each year at Lughnasadh, I… Continue reading Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

(Wild)Craft a loose incense for Lughnasadh

For your Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) rituals, consider crafting your own loose incense for burning in your altar cauldron or in an outdoor bonfire. Scott Cunningham suggested this classic recipe in his 1986 book The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews: 2 parts* Frankincense resin (see note on PARTS below) 1 part Heather 1 part… Continue reading (Wild)Craft a loose incense for Lughnasadh

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

A Lughnasadh ritual for Abundance and Rebirth

I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, which - for me at least - perfectly captures my thoughts about Lughnasadh and other harvest festivals... that true abundance is intangible and that we are a speck in the immense cosmos around us, a piece of stardust in the human form. “The true harvest of my life… Continue reading A Lughnasadh ritual for Abundance and Rebirth

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Celebrating Lughnasadh, the first Celtic harvest

Lughnasadh — also known as Lammas — is coming very soon. It is one of four cross-quarter days in the Celtic Wheel of the Year (the others are Samhain, Imbolc and Beltaine) and is normally celebrated on August 1st in the Northern Hemisphere. In Celtic traditions, the day starts at sunset so the festivities typically… Continue reading Celebrating Lughnasadh, the first Celtic harvest