Counting Your First Fruits, Or What To Do With Spiritual Zucchini?

Lammas, the festival of the loaf. The festival of first fruits. Of tomatoes and cucumbers and other things that go nicely on sandwiches. I’ve been spending some time considering what my own first fruits are this year. I have found some good things. I have some stability. Not much, but a little. That makes a [Read More…]

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13 Songs for Llamas (Or Lammas)

I think I owe you all a bit of holiday music. But first you get a Lammas llama. 13. Damh the Bard – Lughnasadh 12. Paul Giovanni – Corn Rigs 11. Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends 10. King Harvest – Dancing In The Moonlight 9. Grease – Summer Nights 8. Guy [Read More…]

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Things We Own: A Lammas Reflection

“A lady once offered me a mat, but as I had no room to spare within the house, nor time to spare within or without to shake it, I declined it, preferring to wipe my feet on the sod before my door. It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.” — Henry David Thoreau [Read More…]

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13 Songs for Lammas/Lughnasadh!

Lammas is upon us. John Barleycorn must die. I must once again harvest Youtube for a playlist worthy of the season. As we approach Lammas I’ve been thinking about the concept of sacrifice a good bit. I’m not certain how the ritual I attend will play out, but generally the Corn King is cut down. [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Hlæfmæsse /Freyfaxi

When it comes to religious, pagan celebrations most people are familiar with the eight holy days or sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year. In the Northern Tradition, we do not call these celebrations sabbats. Instead, based on words (like the Old Norse hátíðir) used to describe the most holy of these celebrations (like [Read More…]

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Harvesting the Light: The Waning Lughnasadh Moon

Ritual complete, feasting finished, and hugs all around, I drove home under the waning moon on Lughnasadh Eve and was struck by it’s beauty. It struck me that we were not losing light. It was not being diminished. It was being harvested. Although I’ve tried not to invest too much meaning in the waning and [Read More…]

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13 Songs for Lammas! Or Lughnasadh! Or First Fruits! Or…

I think what I like best about Lughnasadh is the many names for the festival. The beginning of the harvest is celebrated the world over and it’s an exciting time. Berries are ripe on the vine and the fields of grain are ready to be gathered in. By Mabon we’ll have apples and as Samhain [Read More…]

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