Reblogged from Witchlike:
Happy August! As the golden sun winds down and the days ever so slightly grow shorter, we find ourselves in the midst of the first harvest feast also known as Lughnasadh or Lammas. This is a cross quarter festival which falls midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox in the northern hemisphere.
Some folks call this holiday “Lughnasadh.” Most folks call it “Lammas.” That is probably because Lughnasadh is a mouthful to pronounce. Plus it has a weird spelling. Most people are intimidated by the very sight of the word. Some folks might remember the old movie with Meryl Streep called “Dancing at Lughnasa” and they try to pronounce it.
Be not afraid.
Lughnasadh (also spelled Lughnasa) is pronounced LOO – NAH -SAH. Lammas is pronounced LAH-MIS. The two festivals are similar, and although they are celebrated on the same day, they are not exactly the same.
Lughnasadh & The Sun King
Lughnasadh dates back to prehistoric times. The name “Lughnasadh” is derived from the Celtic sun god, named Lugh. (Pronounced LOO, or LUCGH rolling the G in the back of your throat.) The name Lugh literally means “The Shining One”. As the sun god, Lugh’s special mission was to make sure the sun stayed under control and did not burn us up. Hence, this time of year, with the sun’s first fading, is associated with him.
But Lugh was more than a mere sun god. He was also the patron of all craftspeople, including metalworkers, musicians, magicians, healers, and warriors.
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