iHello all, I would like to start by apologizing for this late post. I try to post about Sabats further in advance, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lammas is this Monday, so hopefully this reaches you all in time…
This holiday marks the halfway mark to autumn. The days are
now apparently shorter as the sun is spending less time in the sky, and fall is
quickly creeping up. Lammas, also known as Lughnasad, is also a holiday
celebrating the first harvest of the year. This holiday is celebrated on August
Eve (August first), which is actually the first day of Celtic autumn.
In a less agricultural view, Lammas is seen as a time of embracing
the unknown. Spells to influence outcomes or meditation to focus on goals and
dreams are other common Lammas practices. This along with harvesting from your
garden/farm or picking wild berries and fruits are ways to celebrate
this Sabat. Another common practice that was seen in the past was taking a
portion of your harvest and throwing it back into your field. This was to help
put nutrients back into the soil, a form of sacrifice to promote growth. This
can be recreated today by taking some of your harvest and adding it to your
As part of the Lamas ritual people often hold large feasts
with family or friends that is dedicated to the Goddess. Baking bread and
cooking meals with harvested crops is common place within this meal. Formal
ritual, mediation, and spell work are typically done before the meal (this is
standard throughout most Wiccan sabats/esbats).
Decorating your Lammas altar is a simple way to recognize
this holiday. Fresh flowers picked from the garden (sun flowers, zinnias, or
even wild flowers), nuts, grains, and berries are all fond on the Lamas altar.
Yellow (or gold) candles are also typically burned, and a perfect piece of
fruit is served to symbolize the harvest. In lieu of altar cakes a fresh baked
loaf of bread (usually corn bread) is eaten during the Cake and Ale rite.
Although this Sabat is not one of the more commonly talked about, it is still important in the ever turning wheel of the year. Enjoy you Lughnasad harvest, and be careful picking those wild berries,