Enlightened living and eating with Ama’ritday
Ama’ritday here! I am always amazed how quickly it is time to write this article! I am blessed and honoured to be able to spend some time sharing this amazing journey of life with you. We are most of the way through summer enjoy our summer bounty and preparing for late summer and fall, beginning to harvest for that long winter ahead. We have been preparing for Lammas since last month and now all the fruits of our labour are finally beginning to pay off. I wanted to bring us back to a part of that which I introduced last month. Lammas is a time of sacrifice, harvest, redemption, renewal, death, mourning and protection. Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Reflect on this alone or with others around a fire. Lughnasadh is one of the great Celtic firefestivals, if you can feast around a bonfire, tell stories and love one another and be grateful for one another. Regrets: Think of the things you meant to do this summer or this year that are not coming to fruition. You can project your regrets onto natural objects like pine cones and throw them into the fire, releasing them. Farewells: What is passing from your life? What is over? Say good-bye to it. As with regrets, you can find visual symbols and throw them into the fire.
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Harvest: What have you harvested this year? What seeds have your planted that are sprouting? Find a visual way to represent these, perhaps creating a decoration in your house or altar which represents the harvest to you. Preserves: This is also a good time for making preserves, either literally or symbolically. As you turn the summer’s fruit into jams, jellies and chutneys for winter, think about the fruits that you have gathered this year and how you can hold onto them. How can you keep them sweet in the store of your memory? The Romans celebrated this time as the Festival of Demeter and Persephone, and their reunion of this Grain Goddess and her daughter. What to eat on Lammas and the rest of the August then? How many different sorts of cereals did you know of? Wheat, corn, barley, oat, rye, rice... any more? There is buckwheat(tattari), quinoa and spelt, amaranth, sorghum(hirssi) and millet and teff, then there is durum wheat and Kamut wheat and there is triticale (ryewheat-cross) http://www.switcheroo.com/FGGrains.html Traditional foods for Lammas include the fruits and vegetables peaking in late summer to early fall. However, primary emphasis falls on grains and all things made from grains. Meat is not usually included as Lammas fare for it is the hottest time of the year, and meat gets easily bad. — but if you wish to serve meat try poultry. As rooster is Lugh’s bird, serv-