Merry Meet my friends! Chances are there are some of you out there having the same weather I’m having here in Ohio! Sweltering heat for a few weeks now! It is Hot Hot Hot!! Though we’ve had some rain, our grass is brown and burnt from the heat. My gardens…well some of it’s doing well and some of it not so much. Even with watering, things are dying out. I’ve never been a big fan of Summer because I don’t like it when it gets too hot, but this Summer has been one of the hottest I can remember for a while. Because of this, my thoughts have turned to Autumn, my favorite time of year. I’m dreaming of cool crisp mornings, leaves falling, pumpkins, apple picking, and warm things coming from the oven and the slow cooker 🙂
Well…Lughnasadh, the first Harvest festival is upon us on August 1 and that just makes me smile! Though we are in the midst of this heatwave and the peak of Summer…I can feel a bit of a shift around me. The Sun is rising later and setting earlier, corn is tall and ready in the fields, the breeze feels different and our gardens are full and ready for harvest. Stores even have their Autumn/Halloween decorations out on display! *sigh* I love it!!
Today I was able to get my Lughnasadh altar ready. I love the Autumn themed altars..more than any other. The I kept in mind the Correspondences for Lughnasadh when putting it together and I was happy with the simplicity of it and how pretty it looked.
Oh…the sunflower plate will hold my cakes of course! The crystals are any that are of the colors of Fall! Green, gold, orange…aventurine, citrine, carnelian! I have gold, orange and brown candles. I wanted sunflowers but not luck finding them around here unless I raided somebody’s yard! LOL. So I picked out some soft orange, purple, & yellow flowers and I LOVE the ornamental cabbage they stuck in the bouquet! The crow…well, crow’s and corn just go together 🙂 My “cakes and ale” will be homemade honey oatmeal bread, or corn bread, and a nice glass of red wine to represent the grape harvest. I can’t wait to work at this altar.
Today I also put together a couple of herbed oils and an herbed vinegar. I did a rosemary/olive oil, a basil olive oil, and a lemon balm/apple cider vinegar. I lightly warmed the oils since I was using fresh herbs from my own garden. I can’t wait to use them. I’m going to use the basil olive oil on tomato/mozzarella stacks, the lemon balm vinegar in salad, and the rosemary oil will be great on grilled veggies and meats. Yummy! I really need to get more of these bottles too..I think they’re so pretty, inexpensive, and look great sitting on the counter. Would make nice gifts as well.
Now I’m going to be upfront and tell you that I do NOT have a formal ritual for Lughnasadh. I’d like to write my own and frankly just haven’t had the time. If you research it online, you will find the same 2-3 rituals written over and over again. Scott Cunningham’s being one of them of course. Though I don’t have one to share here with you, I can most definitely give you some ideas. Doing a Blessing and a prayer of thanks for the bounty and abundance of the Harvest would be a perfect quiet celebration. You can do this while eating the bread you have baked or even while mixing the ingredients to make it. You can Honor the Sun God who is dying, to be born again by his lover, the Goddess, who is pregnant with him. A great time to do that would be as the Sun is setting on Lughnasadh night. Light a fire, burn some of your harvested herbs..and reflect on your year so far. What bad habits would you like to let “die”? What new things would you like to manifest..to grow in your life…as the Goddess is growing the God? Smudge your house and throw open windows to allow good energy in and the negative out. Really, I smudge for every Sabbat! Harvest your herbs and can your veggies from your garden or make jams from the bountiful fruits that are ripe like berries, peaches and plums. Go take a walk, enjoy the Sun while it’s still hot..you’ll remember the warmth in the dead of Winter.
I have decided to bake my breads on the weekend and I’m looking forward to it. There is nothing better then the smell of bread baking and the taste of it warm, slathered with sweet butter…it makes my mouth water just thinking about it 🙂 I’ll be making the crab dip and the pear salad for sure as well. Don’t forget to check out my recipes I posted in a previous post..let me know if you try them what you think!
I wish each of you a Blessed Lughnasadh and May the Sun God shine on you and the Goddess surround you with Love.
*Sources…my pictures. 🙂 My words.