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

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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 big difference. I have found some peace. I am more at peace with who I am than ever before. I have never felt so glorious in my own skin before. When it comes to self-respect and … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Llamas (Or Lammas)

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I think I owe you all a bit of holiday music. But first you get a Lammas llama.13. Damh the Bard - Lughnasadh12. Paul Giovanni - Corn Rigs11. Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends10. King Harvest - Dancing In The Moonlight9. Grease - Summer Nights8. Guy Clark - Homegrown Tomatoes7. John Prine - That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round6. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Fishin' In The Dark5. T.G. Shepard - Do You Want To Go To Heaven?4. Lisa Thiel - Lammas … [Read more...]

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 We have arrived at the season of First Fruits. We are harvesting, gathering in the bounty of our winter hopes, spring planting and summer tending. Tomatoes are ripe, corn is tall and it is time to gather in. In to where?  Your home? … [Read more...]

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. I may have teased some of the male members of my coven about getting whacked, but that only led me to think about how I will never play the Corn King in ritual. Gender in Wiccan theology is … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Drew Jacob on Lúnasa with “The Family”

What are your plans for this Lúnasa? Hold a ritual? Make offerings? I'd like to suggest a different perspective on the holiday, and some ways to celebrate it that many Pagans may not be familiar with.For four years I've been a devotee of Lugh. I had felt a pull toward him for far longer, but also knew he's a demanding deity with high expectations of his followers. I waited until I was ready.When I first apprenticed myself to Lugh, I made a one-year contract starting May Day, the … [Read more...]

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 waxing phases of the moon, I have felt their influence particularly strongly this year. Perhaps it's the economy, but the waning of the moon just seems to be a tougher time for me. I've felt … [Read more...]

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 approaches we'll be eagerly anticipating that first hard frost so we can harvest our winter greens.Once more I'm digging up 13 songs to celebrate the season. Maybe not Pagan but they speak of Lammas to me. Have … [Read more...]


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