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Serpent

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Lughnasadh
« on: July 02, 2012, 04:43:23 pm »
In my search for a path that fits, I have come across (both in the past and recently) the Wheel of the Year. I'm not sure which paths observe these holidays, but I found them to be quite fascinating. From what I can tell, Lughnasadh is the upcoming harvest holiday/festival in August (at least for my hemisphere). I plan on trying to do something for this holiday.

So for all of you that do celebrate this holiday, let me know what you do to celebrate. If you do not celebrate this particular holiday, do you celebrate something around this time of year. If so, do tell! I love learning about new things, holidays included. :)

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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 05:36:08 pm »
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In my search for a path that fits, I have come across (both in the past and recently) the Wheel of the Year. I'm not sure which paths observe these holidays, but I found them to be quite fascinating.

The Wheel of the Year is a mostly celebrated by Wiccans and members of Wiccan-derived/related religions.
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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012, 06:02:13 pm »
Quote from: Serpent;62532
In my search for a path that fits, I have come across (both in the past and recently) the Wheel of the Year. I'm not sure which paths observe these holidays, but I found them to be quite fascinating. From what I can tell, Lughnasadh is the upcoming harvest holiday/festival in August (at least for my hemisphere). I plan on trying to do something for this holiday.


Like Randall has said, the Wheel of Year festivals are mostly observed by the Wiccan and Neo-Wiccan community. Druids follow their own version of it, though, and it's present in many Eclectic Religious Witchcraft traditions. Lughnasadh (or Lammas) is, indeed, the upcoming festival.

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So for all of you that do celebrate this holiday, let me know what you do to celebrate.


I won't organize or hold my own ritual for Lughnasadh this year but I have done so for a good few years as a Neo-Wiccan and Eclectic Religious Witch. I have focussed mostly on the harvest and the descent of the God as a Neo-Wiccan. As an Eclectic Religious Witch, I often focussed a lot of the mythology of Tailltiu and her foster son Lugh.

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If you do not celebrate this particular holiday, do you celebrate something around this time of year. If so, do tell! I love learning about new things, holidays included. :)


As an Hellenic, there isn't really a festival close to August 1, so there isn't a special celebration for me around that time. I will, however, host a dinner party as for all other Wheel of Year festivals. It's  a tradition I've kept from my time as an Eclectic.

Enjoy your celebration and the preparation for it! If I may be so bold; it might be nice for your to read through the Lughnasadh parts of my magazine for inspiration.
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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 06:14:25 pm »
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Thanks! I will definitely check out that link. And thanks to everyone for your responses.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2012, 06:22:13 pm by Marilyn/Absentminded »

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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012, 06:08:17 am »
Quote from: Serpent;62532
In my search for a path that fits, I have come across (both in the past and recently) the Wheel of the Year. I'm not sure which paths observe these holidays, but I found them to be quite fascinating. From what I can tell, Lughnasadh is the upcoming harvest holiday/festival in August (at least for my hemisphere). I plan on trying to do something for this holiday.

So for all of you that do celebrate this holiday, let me know what you do to celebrate. If you do not celebrate this particular holiday, do you celebrate something around this time of year. If so, do tell! I love learning about new things, holidays included. :)


I do follow the wheel of the year and celebrate the 8 Sabbats, but of all of them, Lughnasadh is the one I never seem to go too overboard about for some unknown reason.  
Probably because I don't like Summertime much, and I can't wait for it to be Mabon/Samhain and Yule... my favourite time of the year...  :)
I will probably just light a candle at dusk and raise a glass of wine to the first harvest time, giving thanks to nature for all it has provided me with...  perhaps a little get together with my friends sometime around then to tell stories, read poems, sing songs and have a little dance around the bonfire.. that sort of thing.. there might be a more formal ritual going on in the roundhouse by the sea my group meets up in, but nothings been arranged yet, so I'm not sure...  I'll let you know if anything develops.  Good luck with the plans you make, I hope you enjoy celebrating it, however you choose to do it.  :)
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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 01:33:46 pm »
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When not treated as a Wheel holiday, but more in its original Celtic context, Lughnasadh is the harvest feast day and athletic competition established by Lugh in order to honor his foster-mother, Tailtiu.
as the water grinds the stone
we rise and fall
as our ashes turn to dust
we shine like stars    - Covenant, "Bullet"

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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 01:36:29 pm »
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do you celebrate something around this time of year. If so, do tell! I love learning about new things, holidays included. :)

 
I used to. My maternal grandmother and her sister would make sure this time of year was special. They'd have made jam. Plum jam always and strawberry when there were enough berries. And sometimes an experiment with some berry growing in the backyard.

If we traveled far for this family get together, we went down south to a place where they had many fire pits and hogs/pigs (idk - it was yum)  roasting in them. Ice cream was always there. Whatever fruit was rotting was the flavor of our treat and everybody had to take turns churning it.

There was always a little fire.

These times stopped happening when my grandmother died. They are not likely to happen again as much of that side has changed ideologies and no longer value such things.

This was not Wiccan but there are points on the wheel were my mother's side of the family did have their own to-dos. Imbolc and Lughnasadh align very well with them.

I like to remember the time, but it makes me sad that it is dead now for my family. I put in my first four cans of dill pickles last night. I'll likely be munching on those come the day. I bought three peaches and I will let them go soft, but I'll be using the blender to make the ice cream.

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Re: Lughnasadh
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012, 03:44:17 am »
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So for all of you that do celebrate this holiday, let me know what you do to celebrate.QUOTE

 
This year(and from now on as long as the event keeps going) I attended a camping event that included a diverse collection of pagans of all paths. It was a 5-day campout with a barding circle Friday night,friendly games Saturday afternoon,an EXTREMELY intense ritual later that evening followed by feasting and drinking Saturday night.

     The sense of kinship and overall tolerance and cooperation between the different groups at the camp was inspiring,as I expected tensions between certain groups with differing views on certain things. The event was sponsored by several local covens/groves and pagan shops,so we had a really nice setup and the shops donated prizes for the winners of the friendly competition of the games,adding to the fun (I nearly made it to the championship croquet game).

     It was a life-changing experience for me,especially the Saturday ritual;even though I follow the Druid path in mostly a reconstructionist practice and the ritual was hosted by a local Wiccan coven(with more of a ceremonial slant). I have been working on making peace with the spirit of my fallen brother,which was my main intent during the ritual but the last few months I've finally been tackling my shyness and self-confidence issues and the power of the ritual,the shared and incredibly pure energy of the whole community gave me the push I needed to get over the hardest part of that. In all facets it was a HUGE success, I was told I contributed well to the ritual and events have unfolded since which confirm that my Brother accepted my peace offering and I am like a new man after the whole event.

     Sorry for the rant but it was the most incredible Lughnasadh I've ever celebrated and I want to share the experience with as many people as possible.
     Love and light to you all-Michael

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