Lammas, also known as Lughnassad, arrives on August 1st and is the next stop on the Wheel of the Year. Here’s a blurb about the holiday lore from Selena Fox over at Circle Sanctuary
Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It heralds the coming of Autumn. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
Have a magical picnic and break bread with friends. Do a meditation in which you visualize yourself completing a project you have already begun. Make a corn dolly charm out of the first grain you harvest or acquire. Bake a sacred loaf bread and give a portion of it to Mother Earth with a prayer of appreciation. Make prayers for a good harvest season. Do prosperity magic. Harvest herbs in a sacred way for use in charms and rituals. Kindle a Lammas fire with sacred wood and dried herbs. If you live in or near a farming region, attend a public harvest festival, such as a corn or apple festival.
I created two graphics for the occasion. First, I revamped one I created in 2015 for my post, Lammas Painted Bread, so it could be used as a simple spell or ritual. For those wondering what I meant by Simple Feast in the graphic, it is (according to Scott Cunningham) “A ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God.”
Second, here’s the infographic for the occasion –
Bright Lammas Blessings to all! Oh, and for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, Bright Imbolc Blessings to you!
Lammas 2017. Lammas, August 1st, 2017. Lammas (also known as Lughnassad) comes from the Old English words “half” (loaf) and “maesse” (feast), a celebration of the first loaves of bread baked from newly harvested grain. Colors – orange, gold, purple. Symbols – sunflowers, grain, bread, corn dollies. Ritual work – lightwork, protection, remembrance, harvesting, abundance, bread baking spells. Lammas Painted Bread Spell. Start with your favorite bread recipe (google “Alexandra’s Kitchen My Mother’s Peasant Bread” for one of my favorites). While it’s baking, gather together – One-eighth of a teaspoon of purple gel food coloring; One or two drops of hot water; Small glass bowl (like an oyster cup); Small paint brush. Mix the food coloring together with the water until it’s dissolved and looks like slightly thick watercolor paint water. When the bread is fresh from the oven, use the paintbrush to draw runes related to the holiday (like Prosperity & Protection), or other symbols you wish to incorporate. When finished, spend a few quiet moments, picturing what each design means to you (for example, Good Fortune may mean finding a better job). Put the loaves back in the still-warm oven for about 5 minutes to set the paint. Eat as part of a Simple Feast, leave a piece as an offering, or otherwise use to celebrate the harvest. First, this is not a passive voice. Next, I am writing in an active voice. Therefore, my SEO will stop telling me how to write. Furthermore, these sentences are also shorter than twenty words. Rather, stop being so controlling. Especially since most of the sentences in this post are not mine. I will keep going while until you turn green. Lammas 2017. I can’t believe this is still orange. Finally, it has turned. Success! First, this is not a passive voice. Next, I am writing in an active voice. Therefore, my SEO will stop telling me how to write. Furthermore, these sentences are also shorter than twenty words. Rather, stop being so controlling. Lammas 2017. Especially since most of the sentences in this post are not mine. I will keep going while until you turn green. I can’t believe this is still orange. Finally, it has turned. Success! Lammas 2017.