First Fruits is a special celebration, for it’s about appreciating the first produce of the season. Also known as Lugnasad by the Celts, or Lammas in the Christian tradition, it lies half-way between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.

A Maori saying for this season goes: ‘Fruits have now set and people eat the first fruits of the year.’ For Maori, berries were gathered: matai, hinau, tawa, kawakawa, and karaka (which needed extensive treatment to remove the poisons in these lush berries).

I gathered up the season’s plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, apricots and cherry tomatoes for our altar, feeling great thankfulness for the mellowness of summer. My own harvest has been brought in and is being processed in Hong Kong, and I can take a pause and enjoy the richness of the season,

  and to bring a little piece of magic into our circle (thanks to Anissa who introduced me to magic flowers; see http://growmama.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/opening-flowers-holiday-activity.html
First everyone was given a paper flower to colour with crayons. As they coloured, I asked them to contemplate their hopes for the coming year.

 Then we all folded the petals into the centre,

 before dropping them into a platter of warm water and watching the magic

 flowering

of our hopes before our eyes.
May your hopes also flower, whatever season you are in.
Happy Lammas/Lugnasad/First Fruits!