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And here are Jan's thoughts:
The tradition I follow has a somewhat different flavour to Lammas than does the regular approach, although it does share much with the traditional concepts of the festival.  For us this ceremony signals both the start of a crucial triad of workings, and the conclusion of another triad, started much earlier in the year

We have already “sacrificed” the High Priest as an indication of the loss of the God – he does take this in remarkably good humour every year, I have to say.  And it is on this day that the Goddess brings him back to us and re-awakens him.  

However, for us, this working is the acknowledgement of an inevitable and annual tragedy in which we lose the touch of the Goddess for a time.   So it is always tinged with melancholy, despite its celebratory theme.   Here we encapsulate both life and death – triumphant return and crushing loss.

All symbols of rebirth are essential during this ceremony – butterflies, the ouroboros, the lotus (we use a lotus wand during this ceremony), the cycle between day and night (we work at sunrise or sunset as much as we are able), the scarab.   

Considered in isolation, our Lammas is also about welcoming the abundance and fertility gifted to us by the Goddess as She moves through her natural cycle.   The essence of promise is perhaps more emphasised for us – we know She will return in total splendour, and we acknowledge with deep gratitude all she has thus far offered us.  But we know that She must retreat to renew Herself, as has the God, so that when They return, they do so prepared to stand united as They host the bounty of the Autumnal.       [More...]

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