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Here I feature posts on marking and celebrating The Wheel Of The Year

The most primal and ancient traditions connect to our 21st Century lives

August 1st 2020


On the 1st of August in the Northern Hemisphere, we arrive at the time of Lughnasadh on The Wheel Of The Year.

At Lughnasadh, it's time to celebrate the first harvest, but this is always tinged with the sadness of knowing that those long, hot days of Summer will soon end. In this year of 2020 we may feel a much deeper and more visceral grief. 

Just as Summer prepares to depart from the Northern Hemisphere, the Covid 19 pandemic has swept right through our world and has  left us still reeling...

Lughnasadh is a time to honour the Sun God -but also to mark and to mourn his death. This year we're also mourning the departures in our own world and have to come to terms with huge changes to the way we live. However- humans are a resilient species. 

We endure. We can still find much joy and pleasure marking and celebrating the things that are important to us. The Wheel Of The Year will still turn....


Lughnasadh is named for the Celtic god Lugh. He is a god of light, fire and sun. 

The ancient ones passed down the traditional tale of self sacrifice or sacrifice by others of a tribal king or elder- whose bloodshed would bless the Lughnasadh harvest, to ensure that the land would continue to be fertile and his people would have plenty for the Winter to come and beyond.

Origins And Legends

Many of the more ancient traditions of Lughnasadh reference sacrifice- but it has become a more modern conception that this was literal sacrifice. 

However, archaeological evidence does exist of what may be possible ritual sacrifice or execution. 

For example, the discovery of the amazingly preserved Bog Bodies, the Tollund Man in Jutland, Denmark and the Lindow Man in Cheshire, England.

An interesting synchronicity is that The Lindow Man's preserved body - that of a man who may have been ritually killed- was actually found on August 1st, on the day of Lughnasadh.....


As with all the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and of the Old Religion, Christianity adopted Lughnasadh and incorporated this time into their calendar. It was re named it as 'Lammas' which means 'loaf-mass'.

Newly baked loaves of bread were placed on Christian church altars to mark this festival.

At this particular time, we should give extra thanks for our food and this bounty to the wonderful people who have worked so hard on the farms and in the global food supply chain of deliveries and stores to get these supplies to our shelves and our tables. 

We must never, ever take them for granted!

A Lughnasadh Gratitude Ritual

This is more of a festival for saying thank you and being grateful rather than of trying to manifest things like love or financial abundance. 

Lughnasadh is about being glad for what we're already lucky to have! I'm very grateful to the fabulous Kate West for the origin of this ritual. 

This is a very modern, quite pragmatic ritual that anyone can perform. It doesn't require you to have lots of magical knowledge or specialist magical tools, except some paper, a pen and two candles! 

Take two candles- you can choose a white candle for the Goddess and black for the God if you like or you can choose to have candles to reflect the more vibrant colours of Lughnasadh/August. Respectfully invite the God and Goddess to be present with you as you light each candle and carry out your ritual

Take three small pieces of paper. On one side of each piece make a note of something you're grateful for or have been happy to receive since the last Lughnasadh

As you go through your 'blessings' list, try to focus on the most significant way in which you feel you've been especially helped by the God and Goddess or another person. Literally 'counting your blessings' will help you to focus on all the positives you actually have  in your life and even doing this will greatly raise your own energy 

On the other side of each piece of paper, write an intent or resolution of something you can do to 'repay' the energy for the good thing that happened for you

They can be directly related. For example- you passed an exam with flying colours, so now you're going to help some else with their studies or revision. But the things don't have to be directly related. For example you could be so grateful for finding a new home that you in turn cook someone a lovely meal or make them something pretty to have in their own house.

As you turn to focus on each kind deed you've chosen to pay back- dedicate your 'payback' actions to the God and Goddess. You can do this out loud or in your mind. Put your 'intentions' in a place where you can see them and remember to perform them! Extinguish your candles. Bid farewell and say a final thanks to the God and Goddess Remember- thanks and kindness will beget even more thanks and kindness. 

Have a lovely Lughnasadh! I send you love and blessings 

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