Hello everyone! Happy Lughnasad!
Today is Thursday, August first, 2013. Thursdays are ruled by Jupiter, and the basic energy for today is wealth. Fire is the element of today, and the color is purple. Sagittarius and Pisces are ruled my Thursdays.
If you can, try to center your spells and/or rituals around things involving understanding, optimism, growth, healing, skill, and radiance.
In August, the God is going through the phase of death within the circle of life, but also growing within the womb of the Goddess. The two Zodiac Signs within August are Leo (July 22-August 22), and Virgo (August 23- September 23). Within the month of August is also the Wiccan holiday Lughnasad. Lughnasad is celebrated on August 1st/2nd. Which happens to be today (just in case you didn’t know ;) Haha.)
Lughnasad is now halfway to Autumn. We are beginning to bring in the first harvest at this time. The main energy of Lughnasad is hope, trust, and belief. In some cultures it is a time for fasting and/or hanfasting. Lughnasad is a time for revisiting the goals we set in the beginning of the year, and seeing how much progress we have made towards them.
Decorate your altar with warm yellows oranges, and reds. Place things such as apples, corn, and bread on the altar. It is traditional to bake bread on this day.
Lughnasad is named after the Celtic deity Lugh, God of skills and craftsmanship, and is a tribute to the first harvest of the year.(Mabon being the second, and Samhain the third). Lugh was said to be the grandson of Balor, a king with terrible powers. Balor was told that a grandson would end his life, so he locked his daughter, Eithne, in a tower. Cian, Eithne’s lover, disguised himself as a woman to see her, and eventually Eithne gave birth to triplets. Lugh was the only one who survived, and was fostered by Manannàn and Tailtiu. In one legend, Lugh approached the Tuatha Dé Danaan, at Tara, and offered his service. Each skill that he possessed someone already had within the court. Eventually he was let in, as he said, “yes, but do you have someone who has all these skills?” Lugh was given the name Samildanch, meaning “the one with many skills”. It was said the no one could defeat Lugh on the battlefield, and eventually he fought against his grandfather, where he killed him, just as the prophecy had said.
~I probably won’t post today, I’m going to be busy :) Have a fantastic Lammas/Lughnasad! Blessed be and love to all <3 ~