The Devil on Lammas Night, in a single volume with Susan Howatch's other novel The Waiting Sands, is a book I picked up at a library used book sale simply because it had the word "Lammas" in it. I've had it for years, but only recently decided to read the dual novels. The Devil on Lammas Night was the better of the two.This is what the cover design of my edition looks like, but it also includes the novel 'The Waiting Sands.' My copy, a book club edition, is undated. Susan Howatch, an English...Read Full Story
Blessed be! The wheel of the year turns to Lughnasa, the first of the major harvest days that conclude with Samhain/Halloween (the harvest of winter meat). It marks the first festival of the waning year, the first major festival since Midsummer Night. In astronomical terms, this is the halfway point between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. In Scotland, the name of this festival is Lunasdal, and in Wales it's simply Gwyl Awst, "the August feast." The Christianized name for Lughnasa is...Read Full Story
Another Lammas is here! This is such a major Sabbat for me because it signifies the end of summer and the upcoming fall. (I LOVE AUTUMN!)
How interesting is it that the Witchlets and I are trying to commune with a Brownie - during a Sabbat :)
This Celtic harvest festival takes its name from the Irish God Lugh and falls midway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It is a cross-quarter holiday, which is the first in the trilogy of harvest festivals; Lughnasadh, Mabon and...Read Full Story
Well here we are at Lammas, often considered the ‘Forgotten Sabbat’ because it is one of the least celebrated by many witches. This is my first official Sabbat as a witch, as I hadn’t worked up the courage to do a ritual yet at Beltane and at Midsummer, I was only one day off an eleven hour flight from Athens (talk about exhaustion.) As the first of the three harvest feasts, Lammas, August 1, is in many ways the first day of fall, as argued by Mike Nichols in his famous Sabbat essays (http...Read Full Story
Old Irish Lughnasadh or "Lammas" is a Gaelic holiday celebrated on the full moon nearest the midpoint between the summer solstice and autumnal equinox.