Pagan Fire Festival

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August 1st is an important day in the Pagan Calendar ~ Lughnasadh, a fire festival.

Historically, August 1st was an important day across the English-speaking world ~ Lammas, a harvest festival.

Come Lammas-Eve at night shall she {Juliet} be fourteen; that shall she marry…  ~  Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

The Christian Church used to celebrate Lammas Day, (Loaf Mass Day), which they then started to call the feast of St. Peter in Chains.  Mostly August 1st isn’t celebrated in the Christian Church as anything any more.

Lammas / Lughnasadh is one of the four fire festivals in the Pagan world.  How you mark today depends on where you are in your own spiritual development, but celebrations usually focus on the grain harvest or the Pagan God Lugh, or both.

gaia__artemis__aphroditeIf I have a Pagan God it is Lugh, the God of craftsmanship and metalworking skills.  Lugh had so many accomplishments he was reputed to be able to do almost anything.  Julius Caesar sometimes called the Roman God Mercury ~ Lugus, the Latin equivalent of Lugh.  Depending on how you look at it, Lugh married the Mother Goddess Nas, (Artemis).  Artemis is said to hate my personal goddess Aphrodite, and after that my grasp of mythology and interpersonal relationships gets complicated.

As for me, at this point in my spiritual life, I associate August 1st with Lugh and the Rowan Tree, the mountain ash.  In my mind there is a debate as to whether the English Sacred World Tree is a true ash, (fraxinus excelsior), or the rowan tree, (sorbus aucuparia).  Of the two, the rowan is the rarer in England, and maybe the rowan is the more magical.

The rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower.

Dreaming AphroditeThe rowan allows the power within to call forth the elegance and mystery of the logical mind as it is intermingled with intuitive powers.  The rowan calls the spiritual into the path of future planning, and brings dreams to fruition.  When using rowan magic you should trust your intuitive insights.

If you wish, you can try to forecast the future using rowan magic.  Drinking some / a lot of proper absinthe helps here.  Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) is the active ingredient in absinth, other than the booze.  Shakespeare goes on about wormwood in the Lammas-Eve speech.  Which brings us neatly back to the Goddess Artemis and the Pagan God Lugh.

Today I have a piece of rowan wood by the garret’s door to keep witches away.  (Rule #2 Nobody is allowed into the garret, applies especially to witches).  As I don’t drink booze these days, there’s no absinthe around, which is probably just as well.

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Rowanjackcollier7@taltalk.net

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2 responses

  1. Great article Gordon. Reminds me that when I started at Grammar school (all those years ag0 …..) I spent hours in the school library reading up on Greek Mythology; I found it fascinating and intriguing in equal measure and, of course, educational. These days, kids have ipads and Harry Potter……………….

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    1. Thanks Terry. Of course August 1st is also Yorkshire Day.

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