Traditions and Herbs of Meán Fómhair

Grains of all kinds are baked into breads and cakes and shared at fall equinox gatherings. Baked goods made with new grain are eaten in honor of the Green Man, the living spirit of the vegetation, who sacrifices himself in autumn so that other lives may carry on. Though he may appear to die at Samhain, by Yule he is reconceived as light, to appear again in material form in the spring. Bake some bread of the new grain harvest and share it with your friends. The very best produce from field and forest is placed on the altar at Meán Fómhair. We give thanks to the fairies and elementals who helped the garden grow. It is considered wise to pick one of each flower and vegetable of the harvest (choose only the very best specimens, free of blemish or blight) and leave it on an outdoor shrine for the nature spirits in thanks for their kind work all summer.

Herbs of Meán Fómhair

  • Acorn
  • Benzoin
  • Fern
  • Grains
  • Honeysuckle (Woodbine)
  • Marigold
  • Milkweed
  • Myrrh
  • Passionflower
  • Rose
  • Sage
  • Solomon’s Seal
  • Thistle
  • Vegetables

—-Ellen Evert Hopman, A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year

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