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I found both of these info graphics on the internet and thought I would share them with you. They’re a handy little reference for dates. I’m in the Northern hemisphere and I have February 2nd for Imbolc, though. Looks like it’s probably correct for Lammas in the Southern hemisphere.

 

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Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh, was August 1st and it’s basically a first harvest celebration. We reap what we’ve sown during the growing season, we look ahead to upcoming harvests yet to come, and we’re grateful for the many blessings we’ve received.

This is a time to savor the summer because we know the days grow shorter and summer will soon turn to autumn. Take a walk through fields or orchards or enjoy a day on (or near) a river, creek, spring, pond, or lake and reflect on all the good things in your life.

This is traditionally a grain festival, so bread and other grain-y goodies are usually the foods of choice. Apples are coming to fruition (pun intended 😉 ) and so they are also usually part of the food and decorations. Beer, wine, juice, or mead are excellent beverage choices for this sabbat.

I usually don’t ‘officially’ celebrate this sabbat. I prefer Mabon for my harvest celebration because things feel more ‘harvesty’ to me in late September.

This year I planned to do some quiet contemplation and tidying up of my gardens to celebrate Lammas, but that is definitely not what happened. At 3:30 am, my mother was taken by ambulance to the emergency room because she was having a stroke. I found out at about 5am. Now, my mother lives across the country from me, so my husband and I spent the day figuring out how the heck we were going to get to her. Just like everyone else, money is too damn tight right now.

I spent the day bouncing back and forth between sobbing and single minded determination. I knew I needed to let people know what was going on, but I couldn’t bring myself to call anyone but my dad. (My parents are divorced). So, in a daze, I posted something to facebook. Boy, did my Lammas blessings pour in.

My friends all rallied around and posted wonderful messages and sent out their own energies in the form of prayers, well wishes, and healing in mine and my mother’s directions. Family members offered and friends offered money so I could go down to see her. The support was much needed and very, very much appreciated.

My husband and I were able to go and see her. She’s doing better than I feared. Her left side is paralyzed, but she’s doing physical therapy and seems to be making leaps and bounds every day. She has never had a stroke before, so this was quite a shock. Overnight she went from being completely self sufficient to not being able to walk, talk without slurring, or move her left arm. She has to eat her food minced up because the left side of her throat doesn’t work well for swallowing.

This Lammas, my blessings showed themselves to me in the form of my friends and family and in my ability to do the things we take for granted every day: go to the bathroom myself, bathe myself, speak clearly, and simply walk.

I encourage you to celebrate all of the many blessings in your life, big and small, and to tell your friends and family how much you love and appreciate them.

Blessed be.

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