Wheel of the Year: Lammas

Happy Lammas everyone! As you now know Lammas (also known as Lughnasadh is on August 1st. It is the holiday between the summer solstice and the Fall equinox. It is considered to be a minor sabbat.

During this holiday it is said that the sun god takes all his power and puts it into the grain as it ripens. He is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. Then on Yule he is reborn. So a God who self sacrifices and is reborn… sounds a bit familiar eh? During this time we celebrate the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and the results from the rituals earlier in the year.

To celebrate you can make bread, make corn dollies, and decorate your altar with seasonal decorations. As always you can go for a walk to see what is happening in nature. Don’t forget to do a ritual for the gods and goddesses around this time as well. You can do magick and/or divination at this time too.

Gods that are celebrated around this time are: Cronus, Lugh, Saturn, Sobek, and Pan.

Goddesses that are celebrated around this time are: Ceres, Demeter, Danu,  Hestia, Renenutet, Tailtiu, and Vesta.

Thanks for reading! What are you going to do to celebrate this Lammas? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Also don’t forget to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post! I hope you have a lovely Lammas! Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

 

Tarot Series~Major Arcana card 12: The Hanged Man

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When pulled upright this card is about sacrifices needed to be made in order to move forward. Him being upside down can also signify how those who walk a spiritual path see the world differently. He also reflects a need to suspend certain actions. This can cause a time of indecision. It would be best if you can stall making certain actions so you can be sure you have more time to reflect on important decisions. This card is mostly about waiting and suspension. Taking action is not always the best solution. Sometimes it is best to just wait. 

When pulled in reverse this card is about a specific time, during which you feel you are sacrifices a significant amount without getting anything in return. You may feel you are at a standstill with no resolution or movement. You feel like you are putting your everything into something but not reaping any rewards. 

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the hanged man. This spread is great for effecting change into your life. First I would take the hanged man out of the deck and meditate on the card thinking about what change you want to happen. Then shuffle the cards and pull them as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card represents your life in suspension.

Card 2: This card represents what needs to be sacrificed, the area to attend to. This represents what must be given up or let go for real change, the hard decisions that must be made to do the real work.

Card 3: This card represents an epiphany, the deep change made as a result if you are willing, the possibilities. Or can be a warning against the easy way out.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning about the hanged man. If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments below. Also, make sure to follow me here and on Twitter to get notifications on when I post. If you like the Crystal Visions Tarot deck that I use you can find it here on amazon for purchase.  Crystal Vision Tarot Cards Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.