as the fullness of the Sun
hung heavy in the summer sky,
our ancestors noticed that each
succeeding day saw the Sun rising
later and setting earlier. As an
assurance that the Sun would retain
its power until the harvest was
complete, the Celts celebrated a
ritual marriage on this day between
Lugh, the Sun, and Eire, the Earth.
This cosmic mating of the male and
female energies was vital to the
maintenance of harmony
have seen in our time the effects of imbalance of yin and yang. The restoration
of this harmony and abundance in our lives and on our planet is a sacred
task that each of us must shoulder. The male and female in each of us
must learn to love itself, and, from that, to love the other.
or Lammas, or Lughnassad, Lugh, the Celtic god of Light buried his
foster mother Tailltiu beneath a great mound in Ireland. This signifies
the withdrawal of the Mother Goddess into the earth in preparation
for the falling seeds that will need her care if they are to germinate
or Lammas is generally observed around the beginning of August
midway between the
Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.
This festival is astrologically
determined by the Sun's approaching 15 degrees of Leo.
the Earth's orbit around the Sun and this day's position on the
Earth Clock at Archaeoastronomy.com,
a fascinating site that takes you into the realm of our Earth's planetary rhythms.
more of the history and meaning ...
even recipes for this Celtic
worldwide annotated and illustrated Lammas links, click
"Blessings Round the Tree of Life"
acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24
©1996 Mara Friedman New
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