Lammas / Lughnasadh
One of the 4 Sabbats, Lammas, is the celebration of the first
fruits of the harvest. The Sun King, now the Dark Lord, gives his
energy to the crops to ensure life. The Mother now prepares to give
way to her aspect as the Crone. The God figures more prominently here
than the Goddess, since this is the harvest. Though she is still
thanked for the bringing the fruits of harvest. Lammas honors the
Grain Harvests and the Gods and Goddesses of Death and Resurrection
It is also known as Lughnasadh, Festival of Green Corn, August Eve,
Elembiuos, First Harvest, and Ceresalia, and is celebrated on August
Symbols used to represent Lammas are: corn, all grains, bread, full
Foods in tune with Lammas are: homemade breads (wheat, oat &
especially corn bread), barley cakes, potatoes, first harvest foods,
apples, rice, roasted lamb, berry pies, elderberry wine and ale.
The plants & herbs associated with Lammas are: corn, rice, wheat,
ginseng, rye, acacia flowers, aloes, cyclamen, fenugreek,
frankincense, heather, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, sunflower.
For Lammas incense and oil you can use any of the following scents,
either blended together or alone: eucalyptus, corn, safflower, aloes,
Colors associated with Lammas are: gold, yellow, orange, red,
citrine, light brown.
Stones associated with Lammas are: yellow diamond, aventurine,
citrine, peridot, and sardonyx.
Animals and mythical beasts associated with Lammas are: roosters,
calves, pigs, phoenix, griffins, basilisk, centaurs.
Appropriate Lammas Goddesses are all Grain Deities, Livestock
Goddesses, Mother Goddesses. Some Lammas Goddesses are: Alphito
(Irish) Morgay (English), Selu (Cherokee), Demeter (Greek), Marcia
(Italian), Mama Alpa (Incan)
Appropriate Lammas Gods are all Father Gods, Livestock Gods, Grain
Deities. Some Lammas Gods are: Liber (Roman), Llew (Welsh), Nepher
(Egyptian), Xochipilli (Aztec), Lugh (Irish), Odin (Norse), Lono
(Polynesian), Dagon (Phoenician).
Altar decorations can consist of: Sunflowers, woven sheaves of wheat,
corn, baked bread, Moonstones, Agates, Corn Husk Dollies, Fruits of
Traditional activities during Lammas consist of: making Corn husk
dolls, climbing mountains, attending craft festivals, baking bread.
Taboos on Lammas are: not sharing food.