On August 1st, we celebrate the pagan sabbat of Lammas or Lughnasadh. The first of the harvest celebrations, Lammas reminds us that autumn is on its way. You will notice the nights seem to lengthen even though summer is still in full force. Before you know it, the witching season will be upon us.
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When I was a child, I used to spend my summer’s with my grandparents who lived in Kansas. Of course, in an agricultural area, harvest time is a big deal. Even though they were Christians they still remembered many of the old ways and celebrations from Russia. Grandma used to bake bread during this time. She reminisced about the wheat harvest and how she and her sisters and sisters in law used to feed all the hardworking men.
To learn more about Lammas I turned to Granny Tackett at Hoodoo Hill. She says:
“Lughnasadh is a Cross Quarter Festival. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, Cross Quarter Festivals are also called High Sabbats or Greater Sabbats, these are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. Also known as the Fire Festivals their dates of celebration are set. With the exception of Samhain, their rituals are usually performed during the day as they are solar holidays. Each of the elements is represented and is also represented here by a holiday: Samhain – water; Imbolc – air; Beltane – earth; Lughnasadh – fire.”
Traditionally, this is the largest feast of the year. A good way to celebrate this Sabbat is with your family. Take time to recognize the day and connect with your spiritual path, whatever it may be. In other words, find the time to commune with the divine.
If you like to bake (and you aren’t fighting high temperatures) you could spend some time in the kitchen with your children baking bread, biscuits, or even pizza dough. Talk about how long ago the harvest season was a time to rejoice for the bounty that would get a family through the hard months of winter.
Ozark Pagan Mama shares some fun activities to do with children.
Santuario Lunar shares how to make a spell bottle for Lughnasadh.
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We’re in the middle of some remodeling at my home so I won’t be doing any baking. Instead, I would like to make a prosperity spell bottle. I’ll mix herbs, stones, objects, colored sand and anything else I can think of to add to my special bottle.
How will you celebrate Lammas/Lughnasadh?
Happy Lammas/Lughnasadh! ❤