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Blessings of Lughnassadh Eve

When in still air and still in summertime
A leaf has had enough of this, it seems
To make up its mind to go; fine as a sage
Its drifting in detachment down the road.

— Howard Nemerov, Threshold

This is the eve of Lughnassadh, also called Lammas in the Christian revision of the Pagan rites. It is a cross-quarter holiday, meaning that it falls between the Solstice and Equinox. It is pronounced Loo-nah-sah.  Our Celtic ancestors counted their days, not from midnight to midnight, or even sunrise to sunrise, but sunset to sunset.  So, tonight at sunset, this Sabbat would properly begin.

It is a time to give thanks to the spirits and deities for the beginning of the harvest season, and to give them offerings and prayers for the safety of the crops that are still ripening.

This holiday is named for Lugh, the God of Light and the harvest. He is a Triple God — passionate Youth, wise King and Sage Elder. He embodies the Male dualities of Fire and Air. He is the protector of the land, and also known as Ildánach which means master of all arts and crafts. His is the Spear of Assal, which is one of the four treasures of the Tuatha de Danann.

More about Lughnassadh tomorrow. But speaking of Triple Deities …

Today is also the last day of the month, and so it is sacred to Hecate. In modern Goddess traditions, Hecate is widely known as the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess. But historically, She was also recognized as the beautiful (but formidable) Maiden, as well as a fierce Mother protector of children and women, particularly women in childbirth.

Usually classified as a Moon Goddess, Her realms are three-fold: the earth, sea, and sky. Or another view would say She presides in all of the three realms – the lower world, middle world, and upper worlds.

She is known as the Goddess of Witches and of magic, the dark of the Moon, and the depths of the underworld. Hecate walks along the roadways and counsels those who may find themselves at the crossroads. Such a crossroads is now upon us all, as we move this weekend into the climax of the Cardinal Cross, an astrological event much anticipated, and for some, even feared, for years.

Of all the Greek Goddesses, Hecate alone could grant or refuse anything asked by mortals. She is the Queen of the Night, and those who seek Her protection can move safely in the darkness. Hers is the voice of wisdom, divination and dreams.

Be aware that, if invoked, She is likely to respond, and is not dismissed easily. She may require you to meet uncomfortable challenges in Her service, for She often asks us to let go of what is familiar, safe, and secure, to travel to the more difficult places of the soul. Yet this may hold the key to important growth and wisdom for you.

And finally, one more reason to celebrate…

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

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  • July 31, 2010, 10:56 am Heather Hernandez

    thank you for a great way to wake up. I was really interested in what you had to say about lughnassadah and Hecate and then right at the end you got a laugh out of me. I love the Harry Potter books. a good giggle first thing in the morning is great.

  • July 31, 2010, 4:23 pm Ruby

    Thank you so much for the link to Hermes3/Dan Furst. Some of the most readable and proactive writing on the astrological climate I have discovered. As the great teacher you are, you always offer your students deeper resources and a broader wealth of information.

  • July 31, 2010, 4:42 pm Carey

    Have a Joyous and abundant Lughnassadh, Beth!

  • August 1, 2010, 12:07 pm Madeline

    Happy Holiday and thank you for this blessed post! I have a “play day” scheduled today–Movies, and a barbecue with family.. all play no work! I love the LAST DAY OF THE MONTH,too .. Hecate seems to be a continual guide for me, certainly. Much of my work in nursing was with childbirth and mothers.. I am now writing about it .Hecate is not a “light” companion but, as you well know, her lessons are deep and satisfying..

    Many hugs and blessings.. as you move further into YOUR solar new year!

  • August 1, 2010, 4:25 pm Jayne

    Dear Phoenix: We have missed you on Creatrix Media Live – hope all is well. Jayne.