Lughnasa and the Solstice…Ancient Time

At certain times today, as I was working outside, I had a distinct sense of Autumn. The way the sun shone on a plant, the smell from the earth around my feet…it was quite tangible. The growing cycle in the west of Ireland adheres very much to the old Celtic calendar. It is easy to tell the season just by walking the land and watching shadows… Autumn begins on the 1st day of August. This cycle is in essence closely linked to the Solstices and Equinoxes of the year.  It is the  same solar alignment that determines the correct time for…