Lughnasadh or Lunasa is the first harvest of the year. The celebration of the successful unity of the land goddess and the God of the Tribe/Community. The tribe is deep within the bounty of success and near the end of summer. We have worked hard in our fields or endeavors, are seeing the results and enjoying them with our community and family. Lunasa has always been a festival with games and sport- a way to show our strength and revel in it.
We honor this relationship by retelling the Triumph of Lugh over Balor, by remembering Tailtu, by enjoying the first fruits, by racing horses (tribe symbol), listening to late summer thunder storms and feel the cooling rains on our skin…
Strength of unity is shown today by the late summer games in the communities. In the West, Rodeos are very popular along with the community aiding in the harvest of Alfalfa, Hay, Wheat and potatoes at this time. American Football season is in it’s training sessions, a meeting of warriors- strong men willing to show their strength of muscle and speed.
As Neo-Pagans we seek to honor the land we live on and the sacrifices made to keep it fertile by shopping local (farmer’s markets), witnessing the setting sun from a hill top, inviting the summer rains with drumming and showing our personal harvest by sharing song, deed, strength or food with all present.
The joy of center, awareness and fertility is what is sought at Lunesa, and so we seek to show our skills with full hearts.
“Leigidh mi mo chorran sios ’S an dias biadhchar fo mo ghlac, Togam suas mo shuil an aird, Tionndam air mo shail gu grad,
Deiseil mar thriallas a ghrian Bho ’n airde ’n ear gu ruig an iar, Bho ’n airde tuath le gluasadh reidh, Gu fior chre na h-airde deas.
I will let my sickle down While the fruitful ear is in my grasp, I will raise mine eye upwards, I will turn me on my heel quickly,
Rightway as travels the sun From the airt of the east to the west, From the airt of the north with motion calm To the very core of the airt of the south.”