Lughnasadh, also known as Lúnasa, Lùnastal, Luanistyn or Lammas, is a Gaelic festival of the first harvest, which also corresponds with other European early harvest festivals. It is held on the 1st of August, halfway between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and the Autumn Equinox (Mabon).
The festival is named after the Celtic god Lugh, and part of the festival is often offering some of the first harvest’s bounty in gratitude, and feasting or athletic competitions. Historically, journeys to sacred wells or holy shrines, or climbing mountains or hills have been popular, and in some places are still observed. Lugh is often seen as a personification of the first harvest, or the corn itself, and he is sometimes recast as folkloric figures such as John Barleycorn.
Lughnasadh colours: gold, orange, yellow, green, light brown
Bake bread! Baking bread is one of the most traditional ways of celebrating this festival, and the first of the grains have been harvested. Consider baking different types of loaves, experiment with plaiting the dough or drawing designs on the top. Add seasonal berries, nuts or seeds to the dough to add flavour and interest
Have a picnic with friends and family – with lots of bread!
Go on a walk up a mountain or hill, or visit a sacred place such as a shrine, holy well, stone circle or burial mound (or just somewhere sacred to you if none of those are available)
Play games with friends or family, have a sports contest such as a running race or a tug of war
Make a donation of food to your local food bank or donate money to a charity
Hold your own Lughnasnadh ritual, light a fire and offer some food to the god Lugh and thank him for your harvest, and feel gratitude in knowing that all your efforts are coming to fruition
Make corn dollies, instructions for lots of interesting designs can be found online, or make sculptures and decorations out of salt dough
Light a candle and make a list of all that you are thankful for, and meditate upon this
Go on a foraging trip, look for early apples, plums, berries and edible fungi (ensure you are certain of what you are harvesting before you eat it!)
A blessed Lughnasadh to all, however you chose to celebrate it, and may your August be fruitful, prosperous and full of joy :)
Lammas (also called Lughnasadh) is a sabbat from the Wheel of the Year that is celebrated on August 1st to mark the beginning of the harvest season
🌿 Bake! Cooking and sharing food is a great activity for any sabbat, and cooking bread, desserts, meat, and enjoying fruits and vegetables is a great way to celebrate Lammas!
🌿 Enjoy nature! Fall is coming next, so enjoy the fresh air while you can. Invite friends and family on a nature walk or picnic or you can go yourself and embrace the beauty that nature has to offer! Visit a lake, a park, go on a trail, or whatever you want to connect with nature!
🌿 Take care your plants! This is the beginning of the harvest season. Take extra care of your plants and maybe even give them a treat: new soil, a new pot, fresh water, or fertilizer. If it’s time to harvest some fruits or veggies, do so!
🌿 Decorate your altar and/or home! Colors, plants, grains, wreaths, animal prints, and candles are some great ways to decorate your home and/or altar for Lammas!
🌿 Do some crafts! Making crafts is a great way to have fun on Lammas, especially if you’re celebrating with kids! Making corn dolls and corn wheels are a few of the many fun ways to celebrate! Plus, when spring rolls around, you can bury the corn doll or corn wheel in a new garden to help your plants grow.
🌿 Prosperity magic! Lammas is the ideal time to perform prosperity magic, so if you have any prosperity spells hidden in your grimoire or book of shadows, take those out and work some magic!
🌿 Work on your book of shadows or grimoire! A relaxing way to end the day would be to write a few pages in your book, whether you write in spells, information, or a journal entry.
🌿 Finish some projects! If you have some projects nearing an end, Lammas would be a great time to finish those or to make more progress if you can! Not every goal needs to be achieved, but dedicating your time and effort to finishing a few would be a great Lammas activity.
🌿 Make a bonfire! Invite friends and family to a bonfire! While you sit around the fire, share some of your bad or unnecessary habits and how you plan to change or get rid of those habits so you can have renewed strength. If you’re a secret witch, you can just light a candle in your room and privately journal your reflection!
What’re y’all doing to celebrate the sabbat? It’s a harvest festival so I’m gonna spend time collecting lots of fruit from my garden, and it’s traditional to make bread so I’m making Jewish Challah (because I come from a jewish family and challah is fucking good).
Whatever you’re doing to celebrate (even if it’s nothing), I hope you all have a great sabbat.
hey everyone! with Lammas coming up soon, I thought I would start a new series of posts - giving a basic overview of each of the Sabbats as they come along. I know quite a few people do this on tumblr, but I hope that my personal take on each of the Sabbats can be helpful and interesting to some of you.
Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh is a celebration of the first harvest festival, usually celebrated on the 1st August. Its’ main themes are as the feast of the hearth and home, and as a celebration of reaping the rewards for your hard labour.
The name origins of Lammas refer back to the old English for loaf-mass, referring back to the harvest loaf. This is a loaf of bread that was made with the first harvest of wheat and offered in church for the harvest festival. This is also something which is done nearer the time of Mabon, which is celebrated around the 22nd September. The festivals’ other name, Lughnasadh, refers to the Celtic/Irish deity Lugh. Lugh is the god of harvests and is sometimes associated as a sun god. The two different names reflect the different origins of the festival, with Lammas being the English festival of the beginning of the harvest season, and Lughnasadh is the Irish and Western Scottish festival of the same theme. As such, for modern Pagans and witches, they are often considered the same.
As Lammas is the celebration of the harvest season, food and drink play a central role in its’ celebration. Making and sharing a harvest loaf or other bread is great fun, and something I do with my mum on most years. It is also a great time to make food and drink with plants that you have harvested from your garden, such as the first strawberries that have ripened. Weaving and craft-magic is also great for this time of year, as Lugh is the deity associated with craft and the arts. Decorate your altar or work space in yellows, golds and oranges - showcase the flowers that are blooming at the moment.
Now is a brilliant time of the year for spells and magic to do with self-love and self-confidence - reflecting on the achievements that you have had so far this year.
Other simple things to do:
make sun water
have a self-love bath ritual
use of citrine, tigers eye, rose quartz
decorating with roses, buttercups and other seasonal flowers
start a craft or art project
take a walk in a wild place
Drink wine, or fruit juice
“We know that every grain and seed, is a record of ancient time, a promise of all that’s yet to be” - Katrina Rasbold
as the sacred land
to nourish us with love
Blessing the harvest
from the depth of the earth
the fruits of the season
apples, plums and peaches
arrive to sustain
our body, mind and spirit
we give thanks
from the depth
of our hearts.”
Lammas and the Harvest by Maria Duncalf-Barber
Lughnasadh is the first in the trilogy of harvest festivals. It marks
the beginning of the harvest season, and the decline of Summer into
Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, is the Celebration of Harvest and begins
what is called “the chase of Lugh”. Lugh is the Celtic Sun God and he
rains down upon the crops, living within the golden fields.
In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God
transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is
harvested. So we have a dying, self-sacrificing and resurrecting god of
the harvest, who dies for his people so that they may live. So at this celebration we give thanks to the
Earth for its bounty and beauty. It is from these harvests that we eat
through the upcoming winter.
Also Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits
of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the
year unfold so rituals will be centred around this.
Colours associated with lammas are golds, yellows and orange for the God and red for the Goddess as mother.
40 Days after the longest day follows the warmest day. Starting today the days will become colder .
Lammas / Lughnasadh is the celebration of abundance, life, birth, transformation and prosperity. It also marks the beginning of the grain harvest and it’s the first of 3 harvest related sabbats.
One of my favorite (possibly actually favorite) things about the Wheel of the Year is the Sabbats - or, as they’re called in my house, Feast Days. Eight days out of the year, perfectly symmetrically, practitioners who follow the Wheel celebrate the turning of the seasons and the passage of time. The next holiday, Lammas - or Lughnasadh - falls this year on August 1st, and is a celebration of the first harvest.
Lammas, or Lughnasadh
Lammas, the final Sabbat before Autumn, heralds the first harvest - a time to gather the grains and enjoy the fruits of your work thus far (pun somewhat intended). In some traditions, Lammas is called Lughnasadh, which is a technically different holiday following similar themes honoring the god of craftsmanship, Lugh. The two holidays frequently fall on the same day.
Lammas for a Witch
Lammas is a time for relaxation, feasting, feeling good about yourself, and setting goals for the rest of the year. While many Sabbats are great for magic (Samhain and Litha come to mind), Lammas is more about celebrating.
A feast is traditional - most traditional! - and the Lammas feast is no exception to lavishness. A large meal can be served outdoors with friends, perhaps on a yellow tablecloth or with yellow candles to match the color of the Sabbat, full of grains, wheats, and fruits. Traditional foods served at Lammas include breads of all kinds, corn, rye, oats, blackberries, and other summer seasonal offerings. (You can get creative with this, of course: Corn muffins, blackberry pie, bread pudding, and so on.) To make a connection with the grain in drink, one may even pop open a bottle of nice whiskey. Carnivores might like to roast a chicken or game hen in generous butter.
While you’re having your feast, you might like to make a Bragger’s Toast with your tablemates, a tradition that is emblematic of the pride of Lammas. One by one, go around the table and make a toast to something you’re proud of accomplishing yourself. (Don’t forget to cheer the toaster after their speech with a drink!). Lammas is all about celebrating your achievements - and there’s no place for guilt at a feast!
Suitable offerings for Lammas, for the altar or otherwise, include homemade bread or baked goods. Corn muffins are especially easy to make and correspond very well to Lammas with respect to both the corn and the grain.
Lammas is also the traditional time to make a corn dolly (or, if you’re like me and have a bad time with image magic, a corn Wheel of the Year) with either corn husks or wheat shafts, tied with string. This can be used as a decoration or used in later Sabbats.
The Colors of Lammas
Summer is in full swing, and the first harvest is here - beeswax, pale yellow, sunshine yellow, gold, bronze, and golden brown are mostly used at Lammas.
I always cook a gigantic meal for Lammas, so stay tuned for recipes and/or photos. :> (Also, I feel like this post should have a photo. :V)
Lammas is the Anglo-Saxon name for the festival, meaning ‘Loaf mass’. Lughnasadh is the festival of Lugh, a Celtic god of light, fire, crafts and skills.
Lammas is a time of the fullness of life, and celebration of the bountiful and abundant Mumma Earth. The main themes of Lammas are to give big thanks, high fives and deep bows to the goddess got her bountiful harvest, and to state your hopes and intentions for what you wish to harvest, sacrifice or transform.
Symbols of Lammas.
Bread: Lammas is also known as The Feast of Bread - the celebration at which the first of the grain harvest is consumed in ritual loaves.
Grapes and Wine: Grapes are a sacred symbol of abundance; and what better way to give thanks for our abundance than to raise a glass?
Herbs of Lammas.
Meadowsweet: also known as Queen-Of-The-Meadow, meadowsweet was often worn as a garland for Lammas celebrations, and was a traditional herb for wedding circlets and bouquets at this time of year.
Mint: Mint’s magical properties are both protective and healing. Plus, at this stage in the year, it’s properties of drawing abundance and prosperity are very appropriate. You can wear mint in a medicine bag around your neck, or place a leaf in your purse.
Altar items for Lammas.
Ears of corn; hand-made items and crafts; symbolic representations of our accomplishments; wheat and other grains; yellow and green crystals and flowers.
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!
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”
✦ 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.
I wanted to share a few harvest themed passages from Scripture that I felt could inspire a nice Lughnasadh/Lammas celebration as we move forward through the year into the beginning of the harvest season!
May your harvests be plentiful and your spirits high! 🌾🌞
Psalm 67:6 “The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us”
Psalm 85:12 “Indeed, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its produce.”
Isaiah 9:3 “You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness. They shall be glad in your presence as with the gladness of harvest”
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary”
Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease”
Luke 10:2 “And He was saying to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the Harvest to send His laborers out into the harvest.’”