The Moon Path Chapter of
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will host a
Mid Summer First Harvest Sun Celebration
7:00 PM Saturday, August 02, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale,
3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park),
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309, 954-484-6734. Love Donation
The public is invited to attend the
Mid Summer First Harvest Sun Celebration, which will honor the Native American ways.
Bring non-perishable food items (or cash donation)
to be donated to LifeNet4Families.
During the Mid Summer First Harvest Sun Celebration
there will be drumming, dancing, and chanting.
Bring (Native American) food and drink to share as well as your drums and percussion
instruments for the feast and drum circle to follow the Celebration.
Feel free to come dressed in Garb.
Anyone interested in participating is welcome.
Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities.
Mid Summer First Harvest Cross Quarter is on August 6th,
when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Leo but it is always
celebrated on July 31/August 1.
The full moon in August is called the Corn Moon.
This year the Corn Moon is Sunday, August 10, 2014 18 09 UT.
This is the time of year for a celebration and festival of the
Mid Summer First Harvest. The early crops are being brought in
and this is the start of winter storing. This is the time of
feasting on the Mid Summer First Harvest and breads that are
made from the early grains of barley and corn. This is when
days continue to shorten, and marks the time of less and less
sunlight until Autumn Equinox, when light and dark are equal.
It is the first of three harvest festivals.
The other two being Autumn Equinox and November 1 (Mid Autumn).
It is common ritual to bake special ceremonial breads to honor the Gods and Goddesses.
The grinding of the grain represents the harvest and death (or transition),
adding sprouted wheat and yeast represents resurrection, and the consumption
of the food represents the cycles of nature and new life.
The Christian religion adopted this theme and called it 'Lammas', meaning 'loaf-mass',
a time when newly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar.
Mid Summer First Harvest honors all of the Grain Harvest Goddesses and Gods as well as
the Goddesses and Gods of Death and Resurrection: Sekhmet, Egypt; Tammuz, Sumerian; Adonis,
Assyrian/Babylonian; Demeter, Greek; Persephone, Greek; Ceres, Roman; Freyja, Norse;
Sif, Norse; Bride, Celtic. It is a time of thankfulness to the Goddess and God for their
help in the plenty of now and of prayers for a full harvest for the winter that lies ahead.
The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar calendar, and a solar 365 day calendar,
which was divided into three seasons of four months each. Each month consisted
of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week). At the end of the year,
five additional 'Heriu-renpet' days were added to the solar calendar
for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods. An extra day would be added as needed.
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event
for the Ancient Egyptians. The first visibility of the star Sirius on the
morning sky, called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the
Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian solar year.
The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the beginning of the lunar year.
3,000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around
August 1st. Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess,
God, or major festival. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month
was added to the end of the year.
This month is also Holy to Sekhmet (The destructive form of Hathor.)
Isis is the Greek name for Hathor. Sekhmet and Hathor transformed into each other.
On many ancient temple text they are refered to as one and the same Goddess.
Ptah is the consort of Sekhmet and is depicted the same as Osiris, the consort of Isis.
Mysteries of Osiris and the Feast of Lights of Isis are festivals celebrated
during this lunar month.
The Festival of Inebriation was celebrated from the 20th to the 24th day.
In Ancient Egypt the terms "drunkeness" and "inebriation" did not refer soley to intoxication
through the use of substances. Rather inebriation was seen as a state of ecstasy that frequently
bordered on trance in which communication with Gods was possible. As such, these states of
intoxication were induced through ritual, with the help of chanting and music.
There is evidence that indicates that this Festival is the true "Festival of Intoxication."
The possible mistaken belief that it honors Thoth not Hathor/Sekhmet stems from the fact that
the feast falls in the month of Thoth. Strong evidence points to the myth recounting the
destruction of mankind as the basis for this festival. According to this story,
in order to end Hathor’s bloody rampage, Re tricked her into drinking beer laced with
mandrake and red ocher. He flooded Egypt with this drugged beer. Hathor/Sekhmet, thinking
it was blood, consumed so much of it that she became drunk and passed out, and she lost
interest in destroying humanity. The yearly Innundation by the Nile, with its rich,
red silt, is the earthly re-enactment of this flood of beer.
This feast of intoxication is the ancient Egyptian's "October fest."
The Ancient Egyptian (Kemet) twelth solar month from June 27 to July 26 is
Shomu/Shemu IV (low-water) when crops were harvested.
The Kemet 'Heriu-renpet' from July 27 to July 31 celebrates the birth of the Goddesses/Gods:
Wesir/'Osiris', Heru-Wer/'Horus', Set/'Seth', Aset/'Isis' and Nebthet/'Nephthys'.
The Ancient Egyptian first solar month from August 1 to August 30 is
Akhet I (innundation) when the nile flooded.
The first day of Akhet I was when the Ancient Egyptian New Year Wep Renpet,
one of the most sacred festivals, was celebrated.
The ancient Hellenic lunar months would start on the new moon and a
new day would start at sunset. The new year would start on the new moon
before the Autumn Equinox. Except for Athens which used the new moon
following the Summer Solstice. In a year with 13 new moons,
the 13th lunar month was inserted between the 4th and 5th lunar months
around December/January. A different Goddess/God was honored for the
full moon of the month.
The Roman calendar was originally lunar.
The first days was the kalends (from which the modern word calendar is derived),
the first quarter was the nones, and the full moon was the ides.
A crown of flowers was hung over the hearth, and sacrifices were made to the
Lares, or household gods on the kalends, nones, ides, and all feast days.
The waning moon was the unlucky part of the month and had no name.
The days were numbered backward from the first of the next month.
The ancient Roman solar calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days.
The Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle
of winter, the unmarked "Terror Time". The 10 months were named Martius,
Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November,
and December. The year began with Martius "March". Numa Pompilius,
the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January"
and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius
to Januarius. This made the Roman year 365 days long.
The month of Julius, the modern July, is named after Julius Caesar.
Julius was originally the fifth month of the Roman solar year, and had the name of Quinctilis,
from the Latin word for fifth, quintus.
Augustus Caesar clarified and completed the calendar reform of Julius Caesar. In the process,
he also renamed the month of Sexilis to August to honor himself.
Lughnasad, (LOO-nah-sah) (Irish Gaelic) traditionally celebrated on August 1,
is a festival characterized by races, games and contests of all sorts and feasting
on the year's first fruits. Originating as a harvest festival, it is associated with
the Irish sun-god Lugh, or Samildanach, master of many arts and skills. Lugnasadh means
the "Commemoration of Lugh", not Lugh's death but the death of his foster mother Taillte,
the goddess of agriculture who died while clearing the Irish forests in preparation for planting.
In Ireland there were different type of Fairs: The "feis" that was a national fair, the "dal"
that was a tribal or area fair, and the "mor-dal" that was the great assembly -
the Tailltenn Fair is the most famous example of this. This was also the time of Tailltean
marriages or handfasting for a year and a day. This was a common form of marriage until
the 1500's, but one you didn't bother the priests about. Usually it was officiated over by
a poet, bard, Druid, or a priest/ess of the old religion. The Druids of old considered
this festival a very important part of social order and religious importance.
At this time the grain stands high in the fields and the days are hot and lazy.
It is a festival where sharing between all present, of the harvest and its bounty,
forms a closeness or bond. The highlight of this festival was the 'Catherine wheel'.
A large wagon wheel was taken to the top of a hill, covered with tar, set aflame,
and ceremoniously rolled down the hill.
Yet in this time of celebration, it is also on everyone's mind to prepare for the coming winter,
against the coming darkness. Not only is food prepared for winter. It is a time to sit and take
a moment to take stock of your life. Is there something lacking? Can something be done about it?
The Year is divided into Quarters by
the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Autumn Equinox.
Halfway beteen the Solstice and and Equinox is the Cross Quarter.
These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called
the Wheel of the Year of the Sun.
Mid Summer First Harvest is one of the 4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year.
It is halfway between 2 Quarter Sun Celebrations, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.
Exactly opposite Mid Winter on the wheel of the year.
In the highlands of Scotland and England all the Crossquarter sun days are considered times
of being able to cross over to the "other world".
The eight Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Wiccan name: Druid Name
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice) Alban Arthan
Imbolc Feburary 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox) Alban Eiler
Beltaine May 1 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice) Alban Hefin
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox) Alban Elfed
Sophialinus The Drum Lioness