current location: Salem, MA
current mood: contemplative
Today is the first of August, and in many modern Pagan traditions marks the celebration of the First Harvest in the Northern hemisphere. Known both as Lughnasadh and Lammas, this the season when we should start seeing the first fruits of any projects and/or spell workings that were begun at Imbolc/Candlemas back in February. While there is still work to be done in preparation for the final harvest at Samhain, now is the time when we can relax a little... slow down and take our ease during what is in many places the hottest time of the year. Now is the time to strike a balance between between work and play. Put forth enough energy to keep the magic moving, but taking care not to run the risk of stretching ourselves too thin in any direction.
This also marks the turning of the Wheel becomes more obvious as we start to see a more drastic reduction in the length of daylight each day as we turn closer to the Autumn Equinox. By the end of August, the daylight hours will have been reduced by nearly an hour. Sunset will progress from around 8pm (EST) to 7pm (EST). As such we have also entered into the time when we should start making mental notes on what we need or want to discard from our lives before the darkness of winter sets in.
Lughnasadh is a time of both outward celebration and inward contemplation. It is a time to enjoy the first fruits of a year's worth of labor, while also taking a moment to look within and lay the groundwork for the final winnowing of old and outmoded thoughts and ideas that may hinder or harry us through the dark of winter.
So enjoy the fruits of the First Harvest, revel in the languid heat and lingering sunshine of August, but also remember to start making plans as the Wheel of the Year continues its slow turning towards the dark half of the year...