lammas celebration

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The Lammas Celebration was a great success!!

We had a great turn out! Our activities included:

  • Picking wild flowers <3
  • Setting up an altar (of course!)
  • Making oat bread (for the first time and nailed it!)
  • Boiling delicious fresh corn (which is freaking great by the by!!)
  • Having yummy fresh fruits, salad, and cheeses!
  • Making corn husk dolls!

We read a ritual from one of the BOSs I own; we stated what we were thankful for, broke bread and shared wine after. It was an awesome experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of individuals to celebrate the abundance of the earth with!!

I gave thanks to the new friends and new experiences!

Happy Lammas Y'all!!

suhailauniverse  asked:

Some (naughty)number 7, please! <3

For @suhailauniverse

Jamie and Claire had spent the day baking. Baking it not what they wanted to do but they did it. Why? Because Jamie’s sister was hosting a tea for the ladies of Broch Morda to celebrate Lammas and the first grain of the harvest. Since she was the Laird’s wife, Claire was in charge of supplying the food.

The first few batches of bannocks had gone quite quickly but now they were assembling the cakes, pies and wee sandwiches. Unfortunately, Jamie was losing his concentration for the task, instead focusing on his wife’s arse.

He lazily pulled her to him to trace the outline of her dress as he drew spirals up and down her hip.

“Jamie!” she chided. “We have to finish this first.”

After kisses to her cheek, he peppered her neck and chest, smiling as she squirmed. When his deft hands unbuttoned her top she returned his advances. They continued to slowly drift down to the table to gain better footing until the timer for the oven buzzed loudly. They both stopped and sighed loudly.

“Well, that’s tragic!” Jamie grumbled. “Interrupted by baked goods.”

Claire grinned, “Two minutes and I promise we’ll get back to practicing for the next Laird of Broch Tuarach.”

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Lammas Altar 🌻☀️🌾

I’m a little late at posting these, but let’s pretend I was too busy to do it earlier 😇

Bonus recipe!

Lammas Brew {as seen on the third photo}
I use it to represent Lammas’ spirit/essence on my altar. {Not meant for drinking}

Ingredients

  • Old fashioned pink ale {you can use any ale or beer and even wine if you prefer}
  • Dried wild daisies {flowers, stems and leaves} I kept these in a bottle at sunlight for almost a month without really knowing what to do with them…here we go, they were meant to be used in that brew! 
  • Yellow daisy petals {dried or fresh}
  • Poppy petals {dried or fresh}
  • Gypsophila {dried or fresh}

Ideally I would have used wheat, corn and sunflowers in the brew, but I didn’t have any at hand. A witch has to work with what she has and, in the end, every choice is perfectly valid, don’t you think? 😉

Happy August to all! 

Sabbat: Lammas

Northern Hemisphere: August 1st   

Southern Hemisphere: February 2nd

Also known as: “Lughnasadh” or “First Harvest”

Pronounced: “Lah-mahs” or “Loo-nahs-ah”

Lammas is the first of the three harvest holidays. It is a time where we pay our respects to the plentiful bounties our earth has provided, & share the fruits of our achievements with the world. Seasonal fruits, vegetables & herbs are harvested & prepared into delicious pies, pastries & other foods to share with deities. As Autumn begins, the Sun God enters his old age, symbolically, the God loses some strength as the sun rises further in the south & the days grow shorter. The Goddess looks on with bittersweet joy, as she realises her lover & creation is dying, but prepares herself for his re-birth in Yule.

☆…Associations with Lammas…☆

Deities: All harvest & grain Deities, All Sun gods, Celtic God; “Lugh”

Food: Fresh breads & pastries, berry pies, seasonal fruit & vegetables. 

Drink: Mead, Ale, Elderberry Wine & other berry wines. 

Stones: Peridot, Citrine.

Herbs: Heather, Hollyhock, cornstalks, Oak Leaves, Frankincense.

Colors: Yellow, Green, Gold. 

Symbols: Harvesting Tools, Sun symbols, Grains.

☆… Activities of Lammas…☆

Shared feasts, baking bread, gathering harvest, offerings of freshly baked breads,pastries, fruits & grains to Deities, wheat weaving, making corn dollies, & bonfires. Lammas is also a good time to create brooms, or ‘Besoms’ out of fresh grain & other natural materials. 

☆…Lammas Altar Decoration…

Yellow, orange or gold Altar cloth, green, yellow, orange candles, seasonal fruits, herbs, & vegetables, Citrine & Peridot stones, Sun Symbols, appropriate incense - You can find plenty of Lammas incense recipes online. 

Last Minute Sabbats: Lammas

Hello everyone! I began this little series with Litha back in June, so it’s now time to continue my last minute sabbats series! As always, before we get started, I just want to note that not all Pagans celebrate the Sabbats, and not all witches celebrate the Sabbats either. I by no means am telling anyone that they need to celebrate the sabbats to have a full or valid practice. If you do celebrate the sabbats, however, here is some information about Lammas, including a prayer that I wrote in honor of the Sabbat and a little summary of my personal Lammas plans:

Lammas

When: August 1st (The beginning of the harvest)

Other names: Lughnasadh, Lugh’s day

What: Lammas is the celebration of the beginning of the harvest. It is also a day devoted to honoring the Celtic craftsman god, Lugh. Most modern celebrators use this day to either honor the harvest and give thanks for the summer’s bounty or to give thanks to and honor Lugh. Some celebrators may do both.

Colors: Brown, bronze, gold, red, orange

God/desses: Lugh is particularly associated with Lammas. Persephone, Demeter, and any grain/harvest/agriculture deities are also associated with Lammas.

Herbs/plants: Heather, goldenrod, sunflower, Queen Anne’s lace, basil, aloe, hollyhock, any grains, acacia, corn

Gems/crystals/stones: Carnelian, amber, citrine, tiger’s eye, peridot

Ideas for celebration: Cooking (especially with things that you have personally grown, or vegetables and fruits of the season), performing a sacrifice with bread or food of some sort, offerings to Lugh or a harvest deity from your chosen pantheon, giving thanks, games/activities/sports, making corn dolls or onion braids


My Lammas Prayer:

Deities of harvest and agriculture, many named– Lugh, Demeter, Renenutet, Heqet, Ceres, Freyr – thank you for the bountiful summer and all of the blessings that it has brought to my life. As we enter this new season of harvest, may those who are in need find the tools to bring them nourishment, substance, and happiness. May the fields bring forth food to feed those in hunger. May the rain bring water for those in thirst. May the changing season bring forth comfort, security, safety, and hope for those who find themselves in places of fear or sadness or pain. Thank you for your many blessings, and may the bounty of the summer lead into an even more bountiful harvest. So mote it be.


My Lammas Plans:

Unfortunately, I just got back from a week of camp and was unable to write up a ritual or make any plans for Lammas. I think I’ll probably just have a nice relaxing day and spend some time with my family. Perhaps I’ll cook a little bit and meditate on the harvest :)


I hope you have a happy Lammas and that you found this post helpful! Look out for more last minute sabbat posts in the future :) If you have any questions, feel free to send me an ask! To see the previous last minute sabbat post on Litha, click here.

Livi

Lughnasadh (Lammas)

On August 1st, it will be Lughnasadh, or simply Lammas. These are the dog days of summer before the Autumnal Equinox. It is the time for reaping what has been sown throughout the past few month and begin to recognize that the bright and warm summer days will be soon coming to an end. 

Originally posted by woodcommalithia

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on the path that you follow, there are many ways to celebrate Lammas. Typically the focus is on either the early harvest aspect or the celebration of the Celtic God Lugh. 

Originally posted by archiemcphee

Lammas Customs and Tradition

The Festival of Vulcanalia: In ancient Rome, every August 23rd was the celebration of Vulcan (Volcanus) the God of fire and volcanos. 

Corn Myths and Magic: Corn is a grain that has been part of our diet for some time. It is hardy and a versatile grain, and because of that there have been numerous legends, myths, and folktales surrounding the grain.

The Final Sheaf: Harvesting the finale grain, in many counties, was cause for celebration. They celebrated by making corn dolls, which represented the spirit of the grain. These dolls could be full size, made with the last stalks of corn and decorated with ribbons and articles of clothing. Ivy is a symbol of rebirth, and it wasn’t unusual to put an ivy headdress on the doll.

Originally posted by te-ragyogtatsz

If you are living in the Southern Hemisphere, you are actually celebrating Imbolc. Spring is right around the corner for you guys. So hold on a few more weeks.