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By Glaux

Lammas is the first of the three harvest festivals, and is sometimes called “first fruits”. It is a symbolic wake for the Sacred King (the Oak King) after his annual sacrifice. Although it seems here in the Midwest that summer is at its peak, Lammas marks the end of summer and the start of autumn. It is a time for merry mourning, a recognition that the heady days of summer are limited and that we should rejoice while we can.

Lammas is one of the Greater Sabbats, which occur when the sun is 15 degrees in a fixed sign of the zodiac, in this case, Leo. This typically happens around August 6th, although tradition places the date at the kalends of the month instead. Also, since the Celts reckoned their days beginning at sundown, Lammas is properly celebrated beginning on the eve of August first. Like all of the Sabbats there is a span of roughly twelve days surrounding the holiday that make up a season of celebration.

Read the original article at: American Folkloric Witchcraft

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