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Monday, July 27, 2015

[AlternativeAnswers] Full Blue Moon and Lammas July 31, 2015

 

Good Morning!

Full Blue Moon and Lammas July 31, 2015

This year comes a very unique pairing and that is the blue moon at the time of Lammas or what is considered the first harvest.

The term "Blue Moon" seems to have been attached to a familiar and common event in only the last 30 years. It does not even involve the color blue. When we can view a full moon two times in one calendar month, this is referred to as a "blue moon." Some individuals claim that the second calendar Full Moon was based on the phrase "once in a blue moon." Yet, in truth, that seems strange since the "two full moons" in a calendar month happens about once every 2.5 years. 

Metaphysically, the Blue Moon represents our rare opportunity to fully express ourselves through communication and clarity of expression. The symbolic blue energy represents our Throat Chakra. Use this rare occasion to open up, relay your inner thoughts and creativiy. What are you yearning to express? What's the motivation behind your communication? What kind of signals are you sending? Utilize this blue-moon-moment in time to contemplate your spoken and unspoken articulations

Lammas/Lughnasad

This ancient festival is celebrated as the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is named after the Celtic god, Lugh, "The Shining One", skilled in many arts including smith craft, a champion warrior, hero, even harpist and poet. 

In mythology, Lugh overpowered a primitive Earth god to conquer the harvest time for his people. It is honored by religious ceremonies, athletic contests, feasting on foods from the first harvest, matchmaking couples and trading goods. Homage and respects would be paid by climbing to tops of hills and mountains, visiting wells and springs and offering the first corn, bilberries and baskets of wheat in thanks. 

When the Christians adopted this holiday and called it Lammas, the festival shifted slightly to align with the harvesting of potatoes. This is typically around the last Sunday of July (Garlic Sunday). By the early Middle Ages, the Christians essentially replaced the god Lugh, with the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. 

Even now, on the last Sunday in July, a mass pilgrimage climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. This 2 mile walk up the rocky mount (many with bare and bleeding feet) is a testament to the power of this holiday. 

Celebrated all over the world and in different cultures including the festival of Lleu, Calan Awst (Wales), Lugudunum (Lyons), Lammas (Christians), Garlic Sunday (Ireland), Lughnasadh (Ireland, Scotland)

When: August 1st (varies) 
Season: Cross Quarter : (Mid-way point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox) 
Represents: 1st Harvest, Luck, Food Blessings 
Virtues: Good Luck, Prosperity 
Symbols: Lammas bread, bundle of grain stalks (Sheaf), grain 
Gemstone: Ammonite, Carnelian, Copper, Flint, Jasper Mookaite, Petrified Wood 
Color: Green, Brown, Yellow 
Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver 
Remedies: Bilberry, Chives, Dill, Mint, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Tarragon, Sage, Thyme 
Flowers: Alstromeria, Cone Flower, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, Lilies, Sunflower 
Element: Earth 
Direction: Southwest 
Life Event: Change, Healing, Decline 
Lunar: Dispute Moon or Sturgeon Moon 
Body Healing: Exercise 
Mind Healing: Change and Transformation 
Spirit Healing: Sacred Spirit 



Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/celtic_healing.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit 

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