This past Wednesday, "Earthy-types" across the Northern hemisphere celebrated the Lammas Sabbath, also called Lughnasadh or Lughnasa, (loon-nasa) by Gaelic Nations. What we know about this holy festive time period, is that it honors the yielding of the land and the sustenance Gaia provides. Lughnasadh clears the way for the coming harvest. The grain crops are ready to be pulled up, prepared, feasted upon and stored for the quickly approaching winter. It might help to flash back into ancient times when the Winter season was known to significantly reduce populations. Not only did many get sick and freeze to death, many more died from starvation. No crops grow in freezing temperatures. So, this Sabbath marks the beginning of the season of plenty, the time to make memories and necessary sacrifices so the greedy Freeze would 'pass over' the 'home and hearth'. Lammas means, "first bread" of harvest. The very bread that is coveted as a necessity until the Sun returns.
Lammas Date: although there is a festive day, August 01, the festivals typically lasted around 7-14 days.
Lammas Colors: Fall Colors such as Gold, Orange, Red, Purple, Evergreen
Lammas Trees: Acacia, Apple, Myrtle, Oak, Rowan
Lammas Gemstones: Citrine, Diamond (yellow), Peridot
Lammas Goddesses: Aine, Ceres, Demeter, Ereshkigal, Freya, Frigg, Inanna, Ishtar, Kore, Persephone
Lammas Animal: Cattle (bull, calf)
Lammas Bird: Chicken (rooster)
----Llewllyn's Complete Book of Correspondences. (2014) Kynes, Sandra. Llewellyn Publications, Minnesota.