The First Harvest; Excelling in a Craft or Sport
The Irish Goddess Tailtiu reconnects us with the earth’s cycles and the spirit of excellence. Tailtiu was the foster mother to the god of light, Lugh, whom this date venerates. Lugh held her in such high regard that he created the Tailtean games, which took place during Lammas (rather like the Olympics). This honor may have also had something to do with Tailtiu’s association as an earth goddess.
To Do Today:
In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, today is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest. Combing the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
Flour from grain, the spell begins, let the power rise within;
Apples from trees, now impart, Tailtiu, bring ______ to my heart.
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction!