||[Aug. 1st, 2004|02:47 pm]
I awoke this morning believing it is Saturday.
This is worrying. I've either slept through a day or the electrons in my brain have misfired (sigh).
Greetings to brothers, witches, LJ friends and casual surfers (who are no doubt in the wrong place).
well, it is still Saturday in parts of the US and Canada...
it's also a holiday for some of us Witches. here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's Lughnasadh, or Lammas. we commemorate the willing sacrifice of the Sun God, Whose power diminishes as the days grow shorter. He has poured His energy into the ripening grain and summer fruits, which are harvested now; we bake bread and brew beer from the new grain, and make jam and wine from the fruit, and take the Sun's energy into ourselves by eating and drinking the products of the harvest.
in the Southern Hemisphere, it is Imbolc, or Brigid's Day. this is traditionally the time when sheep and other domestic animals give birth, and begin to give plentiful milk, demonstrating that even before the winter ends, growth and life assert themselves. the day is sacred to Brigid, the ancient Celtic Goddess of smithcraft, poetic inspiration, and healing - all aspects relating to fire. smithcraft, of course, requires the fire of the forge; poetic inspiration is "like a fire in the brain"; and fire has many applications in healing, from brewing medicines with hot water, to cauterizing wounds, to cleansing (sterilizing) the healer's tools with fire. Brigid is also associated with the hearth-fire that is the focus of the home. when Christianity came to Ireland, Brigid was so beloved that She could not be cast out - they had to make Her a saint, and She is still revered today.
2004-08-01 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it must be Saturday somewhere .....
Casual surfing brother ...