By Lughnasadh, the Sun God has already begun his downward journey, facing now toward the dark frost of Winter. The Goddess, however, never wanes. She simply changes appearance. During the season of high Summer the bounty of our planet is in full swing. We reap the benefits of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This is a time when most of us experience exceptionally good health and robust living.
Lughnasadh marks the last hey day of the Sun God. Beneath the Barley Moon the Summer stars we, too, enjoy the expiring passions of the season. Marriages are often entered into at Lughnasadh as well as at Midsummer and as Robert Burns tells us, it is a "happy night" that he spends among the corn fields with his lover. Lughnasadh is a time when the symbolic aspects of life-sustaining elements of grain spill over into every part of life.
Taken from Celebrate The Earth A Year of Holiday In The Pagan Tradition Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills
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