August first marks the date of “Lammas”, the first Anglo-Saxon harvest festival of the year. This means we are half-way between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox.
The word ‘lammas’ is said to derive from the old English word for ‘loaf’ and this is why it is thought that this time is associated with harvesting wheat and other crops ready in August.
Often when speaking of ancient festivals to do with solar cycles and seasons, people associate this with neo-paganism or wicca but I don’t identify with those types of groups and that’s not why the festivals and dates are special to me.
Rather I just find value in recognizing dates that would have been important to our ancestors where observation of the natural cycles was an innate part of life.
I like to keep with the seasons and natures cycles, because we can fall out of tune with it so easily in our modern world. It also helps for planning and goal setting and creativity, I find.
This is a good time to think about what kind of goals you want to accomplish before the summer ends (since we are halfway through it) and what you want to be doing by the time Autumn sets in.
I’ve seen that some people represent this time of year with some dried wheat and lavender, so I did the same. I happened to have both to make a nice bouquet from.
Time to take in as much warm, golden evenings while they’re here …
and the roses are slowly fading …
Happy Lammas and here’s to a beautiful August!
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