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July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Wheel of the Year has turned, and we come together to celebrate the first harvest. Life abounds and we bask in the warmth of summer, but even in this season of plenty, the first signs that this cycle, like those before, will come to an end have begun to appear. The first plants have begun to die; leaves and seeds falling to the earth in preparation for the season ahead. The days grow shorter as the sun God begins his journey toward the underworld. Intermingled with the celebration of life, are the pangs of impending loss.
Lughnasadh celebrates the first harvest. It also honors Lugh, Gaelic god, warrior king and master craftsman. He is associated with oaths, truth, and law; and also the arts. At Lughnasadh, Lugh mourns the death of his adoptive mother, Tailtiu who worked herself to exhaustion clearing the fields of Ireland for farming. He honors her sacrifice and celebrates her life by hosting funeral games in her memory. Like Lugh, we will reflect the joys and losses of this season of our lives and set our intentions for the next turning of the wheel.
Join WUUC’s Earth-based and Pagan community Sunday, July 28, from 6-8 p.m. for a reflective ritual on the cycles of life and power of sacrifice.