Also known as: Lughnasadh, Cornucopia, Thingtide
Associated Deities: Ceres, Demeter, the Corn Mother, Lugh, the Green Man
Associated Herbs: All herbs and grains
Associated Stones: Tigers eye, golden topaz, opal, citrine, ametrine
Lammas marks the middle of summer and is the first of the harvest festivals. We celebrate the fruits of the Sun Gods and Mother Earth’s bounty. Their labours are everywhere, in the vegetables, plums, onions, garlic and especially herbs which now will be at their most potent and which we will use in our magical workings. In these harvests there is also the new seeds which will bring about new life in the coming year and saying goodbye to the waning sun although it still shines strong and his seed lives on.
It is a time when we not only think about the fruits of the Sun God and Mother Earth, but also about our own personal harvest. A time when we think about what has happened in our lives and letting go of anger, injustice, hates, and past regrets enabling us to move forwards and planting our own new seeds. Some goals may have been achieved, but some not as we had hoped.
It is a time when many witches start to get the house ready for winter, stocking the magical cupboard with herbs etc, cleaning carpets, rugs, painting what needs revamping and putting up winter curtains etc.
Lammas Celebration ideas
The altar can be covered with yellow or orange altar cloths and green, yellow or orange candles. It can be adorned with herbs, small baskets and corn. Bread can be baked (even from packets) and herbs added to make magical bread. Corn dollies can be made at this time.
It is a good time to make a witches bottle or spell purse. Find items for the spell such as coins for a prosperity spell etc. When you have finished seal the purse or bottle with candle wax and either bury it in the garden near the front door or put it where it will not be disturbed.
Feast on oat cakes, fresh fruit and fruit juice remembering to save some to share with Mother Earth and give her thanks.