Monday, 2 February 2015

Lughnasadh

 Lughnasadh or Lammas, is a cross quarter day which marks the arrival of the first harvest and the first murmuring of seasonal change as nights grow longer. 

We are watching daily for ripening of our first Black Doris plums off the tree.

 Lughnasadh means the beginning of the Sun's decent towards winter and Lammas means the loaf mass.


 I'm gathering beans every second day

 The elderberry berries are not quite ready yet


We got some much needed rain on Sunday - the land smells wonderful and one could hear the land sighing with relief. Our summer has been one of the best that I can remember.

The book Celebrating The Southern Seasons by Juliet Batten shares about  Lughnasadh/Te Waru:

The theme of this season is the ageing of the year as the Corn Mother becomes the Crone and the warrior Sun, King Lugh, is soon to be felled. At this season we are faced with divergent meanings, depending on which cultural tradition we look at. In the European grain cycle of wheat and barley, it is the beginning of harvest, and the first loaves of bread are offered to the Great Mother. In the Maori cycle of the kumara, it is not yet harvest; in fact far from being a time of plenty it is te waru patote the lean month, when the staple crop is at its scarcest. We can allow the discrepancy to speak to us. While the European ovens are full, the Maori rua (storage pits) are empty. It is not harvest for everyone in our land; economic discrepancies are a reality.


It is going to feel weird not making bread to mark the turn of the wheel. I've been going grain free, which includes no rice in my diet too. 
 

2 comments:

  1. no rice or bread...no way! i always bake bread for lammas. i wish it was lammas here. i'm not complaining though...it is snowing!!!!

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  2. Happy Lugnasad Leanne, and thanks for the mention. I've just discovered a fantastic recipe for bread that uses no flour, just nuts, seeds, quinoa flakes etc. I've put the link for it on my Lugnasad blog, which as well as being posted in blogger, is being imported on to my website. Go to http://www.julietbatten.co.nz/breaking-bread-at-lugnasad/

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