Lughnasadh: Celebrating The Wheel of The Year for Lammas
Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, is one of the greater sabbats that celebrates the beginning of the harvest season. During this time, we celebrate the Celtic Sun King and God of light, Lugh. It is the midpoint between summer and autumn, which takes place on August 1st or 2nd.
The Norse goddess Freyja and god Odin are associated with Lughnasadh, as well as all other livestock and grain gods and goddesses are associated with this sabbat. Likewise, the mythological creatures that receive harvest, the basilisk, centaurs, griffins, phoenix and speaking skull, are all associated with this sabbat.
The descent of the Sun creates the transition into the darkening winter days, which begins at Lughnasadh. This can cause a time of tension, as most of the harvest has not yet been brought in to store for the coming cold winter days. Lughnasadh is a time of joy about the first harvest.
Corn, wheat, and other grains are typically harvested around Lughnassadh. In agrarian cultures, this was the time to begin preparing for the barren winter months that lay ahead. Our ancestors cut, ground, and stored grain, canned fruits and vegetables, and brewed wine and beer in late summer. The old English song ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’ describes the seasonal ritual of rendering grain into ale. – Skye Alexander
Here are a few ritual ideas to help you celebrate Lughnasadh:
- Bake loaves of bread.
- Designate a space in your garden for ritual practice.
- Give an offering of your harvest to the gods and goddesses.
- Start a bonfire.
- Give thanks by being grateful for the things around you; practice gratitude.
Check out our series of blog posts that we are publishing here on Peculiarities Peddler centered around how to grow and cultivate various plants and herbs as well as their uses in rituals, the magical household, and medicinal purposes. We strive to help you understand the properties of various herbs and how to better utilize them in your practices. Similarly, go read our post on how we bake our rosemary garlic focaccia bread for Litha. It contains rosemary and can be transitioned easily to create a ritual for Lughnasadh.
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Bibliography and Works Cited:
Alexander, Skye. The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells. Adams Media, 2014
McCoy, Edain. Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways. Llewellyn, 2002.
- This book is one of my favorite books about the sabbats and I would definitely recommend it. For instance, the book includes a great deal of information concerning rituals and associated deities.
The Witchcraft Way – Sabbats. Retrieved from Witchcraft Way – The Sabbats
- A very informative website containing loads of witchy blog posts. Go explore!