Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh, named after Celtic Sun god ‘Lugh’ is the first harvest of the year, typically this is the harvest of the grain and fruits. Lammas is the first of three Sabbats that honour the harvest. Typically celebrated at the end of July to early August during the seasonal peak of high summer, which like Ostara, Beltane, Samhain as Sabbats where we are called to observe and become aware that a change in seasons is coming.
The Peak of Summer.
The first of three harvest celebrations, traditionally Lammas would signify the harvesting of the grain which in modern day can mean that we see the first of our harvest that will last through the winter. At Lammas, the peak of Summer, we have exhausted all our energies in an outward and expansive manner. This is the time of the year where we celebrate the first signs of our intentions manifesting and look toward reaping rewards from the seed we planted earlier in the year.
We give ourselves the opportunity to give thanks for all we have received in the most expressive state of our nature during the yearly cycle. Practising gratitude is a theme of the harvest celebrations in the wheel of the year and as Lammas is the first of three, we are given the opportunity to count our blessings so far and put our focus into what we wish to harvest over the coming months. Lammas marks a period of time where we can gather with our loved ones to bask in the enjoyment of days filled with sunshine and summer evenings under the stars.
Ways to celebrate Lammas
Bake bread, biscuits or cakes or any foods made from wheat.
Pick wildflowers – pop them in a vase or press them to keep them as mementoes.
Spend time reflecting on this year so far.
Make a list of what you intend to harvest this year.
Gather with your tribe to dance and share your blessings with others.
Harvest fruit growing in your garden.
Read the Tarot and spend time journaling.
Make Corn dollies from grasses or grain stalks and wrap them with ribbon.
Create a gratitude list.
Cleanse your space to welcome the new.
Nourish yourself, in whatever form you choose. Good food, good company, a massage, a bath, crafting; whatever nourishes you as a whole.
Decorate your Lammas altar with corn dollies, flowers, wheat, candles, the sun tarot card and imagery that represents summer to you. Colours that represent Lammas are gold, orange, burgundy and brown; the colours of Autumn that is coming. Use crystals that are dark red or orange in colour e.g. citrine, tigers eye and carnelian.
Change is coming.
This time marks the peak of summer and the change of season that comes along with it. Likewise in our lives, we feel the change is coming. The energy is slowly transitioning towards a more introspective time as the solar energy of Litha begins to wane as the peak energetic point of outward expression has now passed. Lugh or Lug is the name given the King of Corn as well as the ‘Sun’ King that wanes as the sun begins it’s journey to the darker months to come.
Welcome new beginnings.
As the energy begins to wane we start to take our journey within so we can refuel our energy reserves, reflect on what has come to be and deepen our knowledge of our being during the darkness that will come to be over the following months. Giving thanks for the growth of ourselves, our intentions and for the foods that will sustain us for the darker months will help us process the seasonal tides of our year as we start the journey into the darkness, where we will assess and understand on a deeper level what we have created, manifested and become.