Lammas is here! Lammas is a Pagan Sabbat (holiday) It is a celebration of the start of Autumn, right now you will notice that leaves on trees are starting to change colour and fall off. Days will begin to shorten and the warm summer sun will begin to fade. This is also the start of harvest. In farming the fields will be golden with crops of corn and wheat and fruit will be ripe for picking. Plants will begin to wither and drop seeds that will be reborn in the Spring. The earth is going through a transition where darkness is beginning to take over light. Death is taking over life and cold is taking over warmth.
Lammas is also called Lughnasadh (pronounced loo’nass’ah), because it is the celebration of the Celtic Sun God Lugh. He is a God of harvest and crops. This is also a celebration of the Goddess who after laying with the God at Beltane is now in her Mother Aspect and has given birth to the bounty we see. Lughnasadh is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature, it was celebrated by lighting a Lughfire, a large bonfire where all the villagers would create a big feast and sit around the fire and give thanks for the harvest. Bread should be baked today and shared with friends and family to bring luck for the year ahead. The word Lammas actually means ‘Loaf Mas’ You should also make an offering of freshly baked bread to the God and Goddess.
On Lammas it is traditional to make corn dollies. These can be done using wheat or Corn. I will be putting on a guide to making a corn dolly in my next post.
Lughnasadh is a time of personal reflection and harvest, of our actions and deeds, events and experiences, our gains and losses. A time when we begin the cycle of reflection of that which is our life. A period for personal fertility magic to ensure the bountiful harvest of life’s gifts and experiences, that which we have reaped though trial, tribulation, enjoyment, joy, love and loss.
On our alter we should put harvest grains and ripe fruit to honour the season and as an offering to the Gods. Also add fresh bread any fallen leaves and nuts are also traditional.
Lammas is a time of excitement and magic. The natural world is thriving around us, and yet the knowledge that everything will soon die looms in the background. This is a good time to work some magic around the hearth and home. It is a good time to rid yourself of all that is old to allow in the new.