The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our Lughnasadh Celebration is Coming Up Soon!

Good Afternoon,

Soon our First Autumnal Sabbat, Lughnasadh also known as Lammas or Loaf Mass, will be upon us. This year we will celebrate this Sabbat on it's actual day, Saturday, August 1st, 2015, at 10 am at Enchantments, in the front ritual garden. This year we are incorporating, for the very first time, a blessing of the animals. Please come and bring your pet to be blessed within the ritual sacred circle. If you have a few pets and can't bring them all you can bring a picture of each pet.

Lughnasadh as the ancient Celts knew it, was renamed Lammas meaning Loaf Mass, or the Mass of Bread by the early Christians, but for everyone it was the first harvest of the food from the fields. The first grains will be cut and the first vegetables as the ancients knew them would be harvested. The ancients did not have vegetables as we would recognize them to be. They had root vegetables, like carrot and parsnip and turnip. Also cabbage was a very common vegetable in the ancient's cooking cauldron. The first of these, if the season has been favorable, would be harvested along with the first grains to bake the new breads and cakes.

Being a harvest festival, this Sabbat, was considered the original Thanksgiving feast the ancients used to celebrate every year at this time. Those that think of the Pilgrims and Indians in the first Thanksgiving feast after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock back in the early 1600's, remember Thanksgiving feasts were known to them. They wanted to have one for the year they were in the New World, and circumstances caused their feast to be held later in the year.

Today, as Witches, Pagans and Wiccans we celebrate Lughnasadh as our Thanksgiving feast. It is common to have Turkey, or Pork (which was a sacred meat to the ancient Celts), root vegetables, dishes made out of bread such as stuffing and bread puddings, and fruit as berries are common this time of year. Served with cheeses and creams, this is a rich, abundant feast with many side dishes and desserts. If you wish to attend this year, try to bring a dish to share that goes along with our Thanksgiving themed feast.

Also if you bring a pet to be blessed during the circle, bring a leash so they can be tied up safely as the street in front of Enchantments is very busy and dangerous, as well as a bowl for water. We have a faucet outside with clean, fresh water, you just need to bring the bowl.

 Munchie One of Ms. Faith's cats.

I look forward to seeing you all at our next Sabbat! Until then, Happy Harvesting! Ms. Faith

Peace and Happiness

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