Lammas ~ The Early Harvest
Across many Celtic traditions, the beginning of August is celebrated as Lammas, or as it is sometimes called, the Early Harvest. This particular time marks the midway point between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. Lammas is often symbolized by threshing wheat or baking loaves of bread. These rituals can take many forms, but the general theme is looking to honor what you have planted and to begin to harvest your rewards. As it is now high summer, the union of the Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, which has produced the Early Harvest.
A good time to reflect
Lammas represents a time for enjoying the produce that you’ve planted in the spring or early summer which is now coming to fruition. For many of us these warm summer months are also a time for holidays and family gatherings. But for those of us that grow produce, this is a time to pick and enjoy what you have planted. It is also a good time to reflect on the year so far; on your work and on your leisure and play.
Now is a good time to take stock of how your year is unfolding, to examine what adjustments you need to make so that you can harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labour throughout the rest of the year. Take yourself somewhere quiet. Gather up a notebook, and pen and write whatever springs to mind.
Reflective questions to ask yourself at this time include:
- What have you harvested this year?
- What projects have you started, only to let them fall by the wayside?
- Have you had to sacrifice anything in order to move forward?
- Have you made any promises or commitments which have turned out to trap you in one way or another?
- What do you still want to plant to enable you to harvest it later in the year?
- How do you tend, water and nourish your work, leisure and play?
- What have you harvested that you want to celebrate?
Think to the future, to the rest of this year and adjust your plans, your goals and ambitions to reflect your answers to the following questions:
- Have you spent the time so far this year on the things that are important to you?
- How are you progressing on the goals you set yourself at the beginning of the year?
- Would you like to work more on some plans and less on others?
Above all, recognise this important point in the year, give thanks to all you have achieved, enjoy your harvest, have fun and celebrate! Read more of my Monday blogs HERE.