The Goddess Of The Land - Lammas
I sleep in the kernel, and I laugh in the rain.
I dance in the wind and through the waving grain.
When you cut me down, I care nothing for pain;
In the spring, I’ll be the lord of the dance again.
- Author unknown
Welcome to the Wheel of the Year series, this year on each natural turning point that is celebrated in the Wheel of the Year, I will share with you my thoughts and some history around these specific days.
Gaze westward and bid hail and farewell to the sun, for the lengthening of nights is apparent now. Journeying south toward the celestial equator, the sun begins to spend less time above the horizon. We are now halfway to autumn. Lughnasadh marks the beginning of the noticeable descent of the Sun into the darkness of winter. This celebration is also known as Lammas and is a harvest celebration beginning at sundown on the eve of the 31st of July until sundown on August 1st.
At Lammas, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables ready to be picked.
Lammas is the first of the three autumn harvest festivals, the other two being the Autumn Equinox (also called Mabon) and Samhain. By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables. Look around you and you will see various trees namely Rowan yeilding bright red berries and brambles showing ripening fruits along with apple and pear trees.
Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, not only on the fields but also in the land of opportunities. It's a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.
Consider the implications of generosity as they pertain to your own symbolic reaping at Lughnasad. What is the best gift you can give to the world at this time? What are your unique talents, and who helped you develop them? Are you in a position to pass on your knowledge and successful methods to those coming up behind you? Are you willing to share your good fortune, or do you intend to keep the lion’s share for yourself? Remember the law of three: That which you send out will be returned to you threefold. By enriching the lives of others or by making the world a better place, you increase your own bounty.
The Goddess of the Land
Every land knows the earth goddess; she has many names. At Lammas we honour her as the earth beneath our feet and the land in which we live. She may be the tutelary spirit or anima locus of a particular area or of the whole country, as Erin is the goddess of Ireland and Britannia of Britain.
She may be the Goddess of the whole planet, as Mother Earth herself.
Allow me to introduce you to some of her different faces.
Adamah (Hebrew) : Her name means "earth," and she is the personification of the earth as a goddess.
Britannia (British) : Her name is the personification of the Isle of Britain from the root word for British and 'l\nu," after the Celtic mother goddess. She appeared on Roman coins, depicted with shield, helmet, and trident. She appears on British money to this day.
Gaia (Greek) : The name of this goddess means "earth," and she is the Greek earth mother, titled "deep breasted" for her nurturing qualities. She created the uni-verse, the gods, and the first race of humans. She was offered the first of the fruit and grain every year.
Epona (Gaulish) : She is the horse-totem goddess ofthe Gauls, a sovereign lady of the land. She is also a mother and fertility goddess.
Erin (Irish) : Erin is the personification of the island of Ireland. She is one of the queens of Ireland and the daughter of the Dagda. She was the wife of MacGreine, "son of the sun."
Rhiannon (Welsh) : Her name means "great queen," signifying she is a goddess of sovereignty. She is the welsh fertility and horse goddess and rides a white horse (the moon or waves of the sea). Her seven blackbirds (the Pleiades) guide the soul of the sacred king/sacrificed corn god to the Otherworld.
At this point in the Wheel of the Year, the Goddess becomes the mother who gives birth to the fruits of the land. She is Mother Nature, from whom all life emerges and who sustains all life.
She is the earth itself.
I feel myself coming alive under the rays of the sun. My soul is on fire and my truth and purpose become more clear every day.
I don't have time for masks, roles or games because they do not come from a place of authenticity.
If you want to play with me take of your shoes and run with me through golden fields. If you want to know what is in my heart, I will tell you after we foraged berries and climbed trees together.
I'm rising. I hope you are too.
Blessed Lammas dear one.