The Transfiguration of Jesus, which Roman Catholics and many others observe on 6 August, is at the same time as the Autumn Cross-quarter of the year known as Lughnasadh. Sure, the official story is that Transiguration was placed there because of the lifting of the Siege of Belgrade. It is no coincidence when the Church decides to lift up a local celebration and “baptize” it, bless it: the Annunciation at Vernal Equinox, St. John the Baptist at Summer Solstice, Christmas at Winter Solstice, Candlemas at the Spring Cross-quarter.
Lughnasadh marks the midpoint between Summer Solstice (midsummer) and the Autumn Equinox. As the Autumn Cross-quarter, it marks the beginning of the season of Fall, with harvest time and all that the harvest signifies. The Transfiguration is a glimmer of the hope of the lifting up of our mortal bodies into bodies in which we can be with the Lord and see him as he is. The meanings of Lughnasadh and Transfiguration work together to mark the cycle of life within the cycle of the seasons.
PJTV brings this classic Afterburner out of the vault for the anniversary of atomic bombings against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Give it a watch, this is important.
Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard
—4 August 2014 makes the Coasties 224 years old! (via amplexi)
17th century Interior Scene with a Cat seated beside a Window, 1923, Frank Moss Bennett.(1874 - 1952)