This entry has been rewritten because I mixed up the summer solstice with Lammas in the orignal post.
The Celts divided the year into four parts, marked by the summer and winter solstices and the two equinoxes, which are half way between the solstices. Half way between each of these solar holidays were four other major holidays: Samhain, now Halloween, Imbolc (Candlemas), now Groundhog Day, Beltane, now May Day, and Lughnasadh or Lammas, which has not left a recognizable trace. Because Satanists appropriated the pagan holidays, they are now the major Satanic holidays.
Lughnasadh is named after Lugh, the son of the Sun God and a human mother. In various parts of the Celtic world he was known as Hu, Lew, Lliu, or Llew; nasadh means festival. He was the keeper of knowledge and was capable of miracles, magic, divination, and healing. He was also a traveler, a master of all crafts, music, and trade and he created the rules and laws that governed society.
Lugh decreed that a commemorative feast be held each year at the beginning of the harvest season to honor his foster mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the forest for agriculture. Games and athletic competitions were held in her honor. These games live on as summer fairs in Europe and county fairs in the United States.
At this feast, lovers jumped over sacred bonfires to bring good luck, young girls could receive a vision of their future husband, and malevolent spirits were banished. The bonfires were sympathetic magic (as below, so above) ensuring that the sun would remain strong and the crops would grow well until harvest time. When the fires had burned down, cattle were driven through the embers to make them healthy and people sprinkled ashes on the fields and used the coals to relight their kitchen fires.
After the conversion of Europe to Christianity, Lughnasadh was renamed Lammas but remained a harvest celebration. The first of the harvested grain was baked into bread and placed on the altar during Mass. The name Lammas is derived from Anglo-Saxon hlaef-mass, which means “loaf-mass.”
It’s difficult to remember that there is a major Satanic holiday in August because there is no religious or secular celebration to prod your memory. Flashbacks can therefore seem to come from out of the blue and it is hard to prepare yourself for feeling awful. It’s also hard, once you have remembered Lammas is coming up, to keep that knowledge from slipping away.
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Thank you for writing back.
the title? Well, I was confused, too, obviously!
If you ever want more info about ritual abuse, you are welcome to write me. I can tell pple more than they ever wanted to know. It could come in handy explaining things to those pple who confuse Wicca and Satanism or consider anything occult to be Satanic — which bugs me no end.
Blessings and peace to you
Lughnasadh/Lammas is actually celebrated August 1st by most contemporary Pagans and Wiccans.
The Sabbat you’re writing about is Litha, usually just referred to as Midsummer, celebrated around June 21st on the summer solstice.
Also, I have not heard nor read *anything* about Satanists “acquiring” Pagan and Wiccan holidays.
Wicca and other branches of Paganism are nature-based religions. Satanism focuses on the opposite ideals of Abrahamic faiths – particularly those of the 7 “deadly” sins.
I am disappointed and slightly offended that you present your words here as fact. I be interested in seeing your sources.
I am sorry that you were offended by my writing. I totally agree that Wicca and Paganism are nature-based and have nothing in common with Satanism in terms of beliefs or practices.
The Satanic group that abused me claimed that they practiced the rituals unchanged since the mid 1700’s when the family emigrated from England. (I am sure that there were some changes, as language etc drifts over the years. I cannot imagine something staying static for 200 years, especially as it was an oral tradition.)
They observed the equinoxes, the solstices, Halloween, Candlemas, Beltane, and Lammas, but not the full moon. So the misuse of Pagan holidays goes way back. Christian holidays, such as Easter, Good Friday, Mardi Gras and Christmas were also observed.
If you Google “Satanic calendar” you will find these days listed in every such calendar on the Internet.
In addition, other branches of Satanism are opportunistic and pervert just about anything they can get their hands on. Some sects borrow from ancient Greek, Roman, and/or Egyptian religions and are sometimes referred to by ritual abuse survivors as polytheistic. Many more observe national holidays, especially three-day weekends.
I find it very sad that Wiccan sacred days are filled with flashbacks and anxiety for me and for other ritual abuse survivors. I have had people write and say they were glad to read about the background, because they realized those days are intrinsically beautiful and nourishing and it helps them offset the horrible memories they have of the abuse.
As for confusing the Solstice with Lughnasadh/Lammas, I was triggered and not “all there.” I apologized and corrected it in the next entry. It’s easy to get confused when one is dissociated.
Oh, wow, my apologies as well… I was simply doing a topic search and came across this particular post. I was a little confused by your blog title, but continued reading anyway. Your short explanation above of your experiences has cleared up my misunderstandings as well.
Bright Blessings, and may the Universe continue assisting with your healing process.
thank you for this words!
Thanks, Jeannie, this was very informative and may be the cause of my reluctance to participate in the local women’s community solstice gathering and potluck… I’ll examine that. So thanks for the reminder…