The Lughnasadh & August Edition
August was originally named Sextilis by the Romans, it was renamed August in honor of the first emporer of Rome, Augustus. "According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt." August is the last of the summer months and is considered by many cultures to be the first of the month of the harvest.
August 2016 was recorded as the hottest August ever since record keeping began in 1880. It broke its previous record set in 2014.
Read the EPA report on how climate change will affect Las Vegas in the future.
If you live in the USA, there is an EPA report for each state. Type "climate change epa + your state name” to see it. Some states put out there own reports which you might want to peruse as well.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August - https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/09/the-hottest-august-ever/499847/
If the first week in August is unusually warm,
the coming Winter will be snowy and long.
For every fog in August,
There will be a snowfall in Winter.
"Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer's queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear."
- R. Combe Miller
Lughnasadh – Lammas - Gwyl Awst
Monday, August 7, 2017 @ 0:40 AM Pacific
Lughnasadh is the Gaelic cross-quarter day that marks the beginning of the harvest. Its traditional date is Aug. 1 and the date of Aug. 7 above is the literal halfway mark between the June Solstice and the September Equinox for 2017.
Early Irish literature relates to us that the festival is named after the Irish Tuatha Dé Danann god, Lugh, “…a sun god, a storm god or a sky god.” The festival is marked with rituals, feasting, athletic games, matchmaking and trading. Offerings of the 'first fruits' are still seen today in harvest festivals around the world.
The games and feasts were funerary in honor of Lugh's mother, Tailtiu. One story tells that Tailtiu died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture.
The Saxons celebrated Lammas (hlaefmass - loaf mass), the harvesting of the grain. “The first sheaf of wheat is ceremonially reaped, threshed, milled and baked into a loaf. The grain dies so that the people might live. Eating this bread, the bread of the Gods, gives us life.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lughnasadh - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lammas
http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/lammas.html - Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tricephale_Carnavalet.jpg
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.