Aine, Summer Goddess

Aine, Celtic Goddess painting by Judith Shaw

We just passed Lammas, August 1, which celebrates the beginning of harvest.  Lammas, a pagan holiday, is the halfway point between summer solstice and fall equinox in the solar year.

An ancient myth tells the story of how Aine gave the gift of grain to the people of Ireland.  In this account, Aine sat in her birthing chair on Lammas, August 1st, and gave birth to a sheave of grain. Thus the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Lammas are some of her sacred days.

However you might celebrate these first fruits of the harvest, may you take joy in the abundance given us by Mother Earth.  Read more about Aine and all the roles she has played over time at my blog post on the Feminism and Religion blog.

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  1. Pingback: Grainne, Celtic Sun Goddess | Judith Shaw - Life on the Edge

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