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Lammas (July 31 and August 1)

Related Deities: Ceres, Demeter, the Corn Mother, Lugh, John Barleycorn, the
Green Man
Related Herbs: All herbs and all grains (corn, wheat, milo, rice, oats, and so on) are sacred.
Related Stones: Tiger-eye, golden topaz, opal, citrine, ametrine

Lammas – or Lughnasadh [loog'-na-sod) as it’s sometimes called – marks the
middle of summer and the beginning of the harvest season. We pay homage to
the Sun God, Lugh, for His role in the Earth’s fruitfulness. We say goodbye as He
wanes in the sky. This is not a time for sadness, however, for His seed lives on in
the Mother’s womb. And the Mother is at Her abundant best. The fruit of Her
labor is everywhere, and we gather to reap Her bounty.

Because of its connection with the grain deities, many folks think that Lammas
is just a grain harvest festival. But nothing could be further from the truth. Veg-
etables, ripe and plump on the vine, beg to be picked. Onions and garlic await
unearthing. Herbs – especially those specifically chosen for magical use – are at
their most potent now. We’ve come of age, too, and the time of personal harvest is
upon us.

That being the case, it’s not only important to reap the fruits of the Earth now,
but as the Mother’s children, to offer ourselves for harvest as well. By doing so, we
will be chosen to carry on Her work in many forms and fashions. We know that
this work won’t always be easy. But we also know that the Mother will bless us
many times over for the parts that we play, and that these blessings will always
outweigh any effort that we put forth.

Lammas Circle Notes

Use a yellow or yellow-orange altar cloth, and green, yellow, or orange candles. Decorate with bunches of herbs, sheaves of grain, ears of corn, and small baskets of fruit and vegetables. Burn Lammas Incense (a mixture of frankincense and sun-flower petals or heliotrope).
Cast Circle using the athame.

Lammas Circle Ideas

Kindle a Lammas fire of herbs and wood to commemorate the Sun’s passing.
Say goodbye to the Sun by saying something like:

We thank You God of Sun and Light
For warming us from dawn ’til night
For fertilizing all on Earth
For bringing us Your cheer and mirth
For laughter, joy, and shining ray
For guiding us along our way
And as You go, we hold You dear
Until the winter brings You near
And with the Yule You’re born anew
Goodbye, dear Sun, we shall miss You

• Thank the Mother for Her bountiful gifts by blessing the onions, garlic, and grain staples in your kitchen (flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, and so on). Line them up on the altar or counter, place your hands over them, and say something like:

We thank You, Mother, for these gifts
For meal and bulbs and that which sifts
Please bless these items with Your grace
And hold them dear within their space
So as we eat, Your blessings flow
Within, without – from head to toe

• Bake magical bread in celebration of the harvest. This doesn’t have to be difficult or take all day. Just use frozen bread dough, and knead in a tablespoon or two of fresh herbs when it thaws. (Basil, oregano, dill, parsley, and chives are all good choices.) As you eat the bread, say something like:

Cycle of Life contained herein
Birth and death and birth again
Help me to understand my role
In life, and help me cleanse my soul
So l may walk this path with ease
As I will, so mote it be

Make the corn dolly for next year’s Imbolc. Just acquire three ears of corn and tie them together as directed in the Imbolc Celebration Ideas. Bless the dolly by saying:

Seeds of life that burn and thrive
Seeds of plenty come alive
By Sun and Earth this spell fulfill
Become now Brid, who melts the chill

Put the dolly in a safe place to await the Imbolc celebration.

Perform prosperity magic for the coming months by making a Witches’ bottle. Just gather together a small bottle with a tight-fitting cork, a fishhook, some clover, a bit of cinnamon, and a few coins. As you place the materials in the bottle, visualize money coming to you from all directions. Cork the bottle and seal it with a bit of wax from the altar candles, then enchant it by saying something like:

Money come alive and grow
Pour down on me both high and low
By herb and hook and glass and coin
Prosperity and I now join
Paper money and coins that shine
Come to me, for you are mine

Bury the bottle near your front door. If that’s not possible, set the bottle in a place where it won’t be disturbed.


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