Celebrating Lammasalso known as Lughnasadh 1st August (Major Sabbat)
The first of three harvest festivals
Hang crystals, faceted glass and sun catchers in the windows of your house to deflect unwanted energy and to create dancing rainbow colours in your home
Sacrifice bad habits and unwanted things from your life by throwing symbols of them into the Sabbat fire. Prayer scrolls can contain written descriptions of offerings, or they can be doodled or drawn representations. They can be symbols or words, whatever is a more powerful association for you.
Bake a loaf of bread being sure to honour the source of the flour as you work. Shape the loaf into the figure of a man or a woman and give your grain-person a name such as Lugh or Demeter.
If you have a garden add something you've grown to the dough. Bread combines the elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water to become a substance that has nourished and sustained people since the discovery of grain. Bread combines seeds from the Earth (flour and salt), with Water and Air (yeast the secret, airborne traveller, sacred changer of the Gods) add Fire to bake. Suddenly, from those four ancient, basic elements, you have bread. If you don't want to bake bread you can make corn bread, or popcorn or muffins, the important part of the baking process is to mindfully enter the sacred by being fully aware of your intention.
The Lammas AltarLammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasadh is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire. While you're sitting around the fire, you might want to tell stories. Look up the myths of any of the grain Gods and Goddesses and try re-telling them in your own words. One of the famous ones in Britain is told in the song John Barleycorn.
To celebrate the harvest, a loaf of bread hand made by you is a nice centrepiece on the altar, surrounded by harvest figures. Add a wooden bowl filled with fruits and vegetables to show a give thanks for the wonderful harvest. Colours for this sabbat are the yellow, gold, orange and brown. Once again flowers are appropriate and this time of year there are some wonderful late summer flowers and herbs in the garden that can be used. A small cauldron containing a fire or a candle to represent fire is also appropriate.
Grapes and wine
Ears of corn
Iron, such as tools or weaponry or armour
Fall flowers, such as cornflowers or poppies
FoodBake your own bread/gingerbread men, blackberry pie, chicken salad, colcannon, breads, Carrot cake
DrinkCider or elderberry wine
Altar decorationsCorn dollies, Sheaves of Corn or Wheat, Dried herbs, Sunflowers, Late Summer/Early Autumn Fruits, Bread and symbols
Symbols of LammasCorn, All Grains, Bread, Full Moon, Wheat
Herbs of LammasAcacia flowers, aloes, calendula, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, frankincense, heather, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, sunflower, vervain
Incense of LammasAloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, passionflower, frankincense and sandalwood
Colours of LammasRed, Gold, Yellow, Green, Orange, Citrine
Stones of LammasYellow Diamond, Peridot, Citrine
Altar candles for LammasOrange, Green, Red, Corn Yellow, Brown and Tan
SpellsSpells for Prosperity, Abundance, Honour & Thanks, Good fortune, Health and Financial Gain
OilsEucalyptus, Corn, Safflower
Gods and GoddessesGods Adonis, Hercules, Tammuz, Lugh, Odin, Loki, Baal
Goddesses Anat, Blodeuwedd, Ceres, Cerridwen, Demeter, Isis, Sif