Lammas - Lughnasadh (1st of August)
Lammas or also known as Lughnasadh is a time of the First harvest in the Year, baking the first Year's bread.
Summer is high, it is a time of gathering and giving thanks for abundance given us by Mother Earth. Lammas means "loaf mass" honoring the first grain and the first loaf of bread. Lammas is represented by Harvest Corn Goddesses throughout many cultures in different parts of world as by a Greek Goddess Demeter, Roman Goddess Ceres and Corn Woman among many others. Goddesses represents fullness of the present harvest, but also a fulfillment of the promise for the future harvest. As a pregnant mother carrying a daughter in her belly, the same daughter is carrying a seed of the her future daughter as well.
Lughnasadh is named after a great Celtic Sun and Light god Lugh, and August is a time to honor his mother Tailtiu with great festivities including fairs, games and bonfires. But it is also a time of waning solar energy and time of change and slowing down growth. It is said that Lugh was killed by his wife Blodeuwedd's lover, but has risen again to revenge his own death by killing his killer and turning his wife into an owl. Blodeuwedd represents Earth's hunger for fertilizing her soils. Lamas or Lughnasadh is a time of a great grain gathering for winter time and the harvest itself is a promise for the next year's rebirth and regeneration. Cutting of the corn represents slow death for Sun God, preparing him for Winter. Remember to give thanks to Sun God for all the blessings.