Lughnasadh: the first harvest
‘The Wheel of the Year’ is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern Pagans, consisting of the year’s chief solar events (solstices and equinoxes) and the midpoints between them. Lughnasadh is held around August 1st – about halfway between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and the Autumn Equinox (Mabon). Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, is the first harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance; Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit; Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries. At Lughnasadh The Wheel of the Year shifts from growing to harvest time. The subtle changes of the waning sun that occurred at Summer Solstice become more evident as the balance of day and night seems to shift more dramatically. Temperatures can still be high, but the mood and sensation of the year most decidedly change. In times past, fertility magic at Lughnasadh guaranteed the continued ripening of crops and a bountiful harvest season. A bountiful harvest insured the safe passage of the tribe through the upcoming winter months. ‘Lammas’ derives from the Old English term for ‘loaf mass’, originating from early English celebrations of harvest time during which loaves of bread were consecrated.
Do you want to know more about the Lughnasadh (or Lammas), the origins, meaning and symbolism, ways to celebrate? Here are a few interesting websites to visit:
The Goddess & The Green Man
Do you want to save $$$? Do you want the kit, and all the lovely addons that come with it? In that case the bundle is your best buy, and it’s permanently discounted!
Included are Lughnasadh Embellishments (100 individual PNG files), Lughnasadh Patterned And Artsy Papers (18 individual JPG files), Lughnasadh Solid Papers (12 individual JPG files), Lughnasadh Adornments (9 individual PNG files), Lughnasadh Quotes (12 individual PNG files), Lughnasadh Journal Cards (16 individual JPG files and 6 printable sheets) and Lughnasadh Vintage Botanicals (8 individual PNG files and 5 printable sheets).
Perhaps you don’t want the entire bundle, but just the basic packs: papers and embellishments? Then go for the kit (which is still pretty extensive):
This kit has 100 embellishments including 1 barley, 3 brads, 3 buttons, 1 August calendar page, 3 vintage cards, 3 charms, 1 crow, 3 pages from a vintage seed catalogue, 2 torn pieces of vintage ephemera, 1 vintage seed packet, 11 flowers, 2 frames, 2 gemstones, 1 vintage harvest image, 5 herbs, 2 vintage labels, 3 blank labels, 1 lace, 3 pieces of foliage, 1 vintage ornamental image, 6 paint splats, 1 phoenix, 1 poppy girl, 2 ribbons, 1 vintage rooster, 10 various stamps of bread, grains and other, 5 vintage stamps of text and typography, 2 stitches, 1 twine, 1 string, 1 tag, 6 transfers, 1 piece of tulle, 2 pieces of word art, 8 word strips.)
All files are saved as individual PNG files and are 300 DPI. PLEASE NOTE This pack is not intended for cutting, glueing and crafting. You need graphic software to work with the PNG files, such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro, PhotoImpact, or Gimp, which is free software.
You will also receive 18 patterned and artsy papers, and 12 coordinating solid papers, all saved as individual JPG files.
All packs are separately available:
I’ve also created 4 addon packs to complete this collection. All 4 packs are separately available, but if you buy the bundle, you’ll save 50%
Included are 9 artsy bits to enhance your layouts. Be sure to play with blend modes and opacity for surprising effects!
These journaling cards are a great addition to your project life supplies. You will receive 5 journaling cards that are 4 x 6 in, and 3 journaling cards that are 4 x 6 in. And all cards come in both orientations, which means you’ll get 16 cards in total! To make it easier for you to print them, I’ve included printable sheets (6 in total) in letter size, available in JPG and PDF. These letter size sheets will also print fine on A4.
A pack with 12 quotes, poems and sayings about summer, harvest, sunflowers and poppies, the month of August… You can use these on your scrapbook pages, or in your art or junk journals.
8 individual PNG files in various sizes (corn, grapes, pear, raspberries, goldenrod, poppy, rose and carnation, sunflower) and 5 printable letter size sheets in JPG and PDF.
Be inspired by these gorgeous layouts from my creative team!
And two layouts from me…
Now I’m off to get ready for the trip we booked in our own country… I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit in the next few tips! Have a great day, wherever you are.