Monday, September 29, 2008


This is in celebration of Michaelmas and St. Michael, who took the place of Lugh. Just like Lugh, St. Michael is associated with horses, a shining spear and high places. Churches situated on tops of hills or rocky mounts are dedicated to this Saint. Such as St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.

On his feast day, an unblemished male lamb was sacrificed and women made a special cake called Struan Micheil. This is also known as Michael's Bannock. This cake was made collecting all the types of grain grown on the farm. Equal parts of the grains were added together and kneaded with butter, eggs and sheep's milk. The bannock was marked with a cross and cooked on a stone over a fire of sacred oak, rowan and bramblewood.

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