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Feast of Grain

The next turn of the Wheel brings August Eve, Lunasda, Lughnasadh, Lammas, Gwyl Awst (Welsh), Brón Trogain (Irish) the last Pastoral Holiday/Fire festival for the Pagan Year. This harvest festival on July 31*/August 1/2(traditional) or circa August 7 (actual-when the Sun is 15deg Leo), is the first of three harvest celebrations the time when grains are harvested. The Goddess is acknowledged as the Corn Mother, Demeter or Ceres or any other Goddess of harvest, abundance and bounty or of the season. The God is acknowledged as Lugh, John Barleycorn(wiccan).

Grains and Bread are the features in this day's feast.
*Keep in mind the Celts began their celebrations at sunset the night before.
Corn was a term used for all grains and not the Maize Americans are familiar with.
Set aside a bit of the corn husks for your Oimelc crafts.




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At chez Mama Moon Lunasda is not a big celebration, it's usually a day met with a bit of sadness but over the years, after several years living rurally we became more in tune with the cycles and are slowly beginning to find ways to enjoy and celebrate each feast day. By early August in northern New England we are already seeing the signs of the coming Autumn and I (Mama Moon) feel rather sad as our growing season only began two months earlier and we are already more than halfway through the growing season. Breads are a main part of this celebration and it's usually dreadfully hot and humid to be baking. An alternative that we have found is to try and bake in a solar cooker. They can be very easy to make and with the heat and sun of the day items inside will cook at a steady pace (it will still take longer than a traditional stove though).

Another way that we celebrate is maybe a bo