Lughnasadh / Lammas

Lady Day, First Harvest, Feast of Bread, Bread Harvest, Festival of First Fruits, August Eve, Gŵyl Galan Awst (Welsh ‘Feast of August’) August 1 Cross-quarter Fire Festival, Greater Sabbat Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest festivals and falls halfway between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and the Autumn Equinox (Mabon).  Lughnasadh honours the craftsman god Lugh,Continue reading “Lughnasadh / Lammas”

June’s Sun Moon

Strong Sun Moon, Dyad Moon, Lovers Moon, Mead Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon, Moon of Horses, Aerra Litha (Before Lithia), Brachmanoth (Break Month), Seremonath (Dry Month) In the Pacific Northwest, June’s Full Moon arrives on June 23 at 3:32 am (Pacific Time). The days are long and the earth is bountiful with flowers and the first fruits.  EnjoyContinue reading “June’s Sun Moon”

Litha / Midsummer

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, Samradh, Alban Hefin (Druid, Anglo Saxon), Aerra Litha, Gathering Day, Vestalia, Feast of Epona, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf (Welsh) June 21 (2013, Northern Hemisphere) Quarter Festival, Lesser Sabbat Litha, or Midsummer, celebrates the summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year.  The days are warmer, the earth is bountiful, and the GoddessContinue reading “Litha / Midsummer”

August Blue Moon

This month we are lucky enough to have a Blue Moon.  The common modern definition of a blue moon is the second full moon that occurs within a calendar month (given that the moon’s cycle is on average 29.5 days and the number of days in a month vary). Historically, the Old Farmers’ Almanac defined aContinue reading “August Blue Moon”

Lughnasadh / Lammas

Brón Trogaill/Trogain, Festival of First Fruits, First Harvest, Feast of Bread, Bread Harvest, August Eve, Gŵyl Galan/Calan Awst (Welsh, ‘Feast of August’), Freysblot/Freysfest (Norse) August 1 Lughnasadh (LOO-na-saa) is a cross-quarter festival which roughly falls halfway between the summer solstice (Litha) and the autumn equinox (Mabon). The agricultural year changes from growing to harvesting, and theContinue reading “Lughnasadh / Lammas”

August – Corn Moon

Pagan: Corn Moon, Wyrt/Wort Moon, Herb Moon, Dispute Moon, Barley Moon Native American / Farmers’ Almanac: Sturgeon Moon, Grain Moon, Red Moon In the Pacific Northwest, August’s Full Moon arrives on August 1 at 7:27 pm (PST). Nature Spirits: dryads Herbs: chamomile, St. John’s wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange Colors: yellow, gold Flowers: sunflower, marigoldContinue reading “August – Corn Moon”

July – Blessing Moon

Pagan: Blessing Moon, Mead Moon, Wyrt/Wort Moon, Fallow Moon Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon In the Pacific Northwest, July’s Full Moon arrives on July 3 at 10:52 pm (PST). Nature Spirits: hobgoblins, faeries of harvested crops Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop Colors: silver, blue-gray Flowers: lotus, water lily,Continue reading “July – Blessing Moon”

Litha / Midsummer

Summer Solstice, Samradh, Aerra Litha, Gathering Day, Vestalia, Feast of Epona, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf (Welsh), Alban Hefin (Druid, ‘Light of the Shore’), Midsumarsblot (Norse) ~June 20-23 Litha, or Midsummer, celebrates the summer solstice. It is the longest day of the year, when the earth is at its closest tilt to the sun. Midsummer marks theContinue reading “Litha / Midsummer”

June – Strong Sun Moon

Pagan: (Strong) Sun Moon, Dyad Moon, Lovers Moon, Mead Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Strawberry Moon In the Pacific Northwest, June’s Full Moon arrives on June 4 at 3:12 am (PST). Nature Spirits: sylphs, zephyrs Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses Colors: orange, golden-green Flowers: lavender, orchid,Continue reading “June – Strong Sun Moon”