Understanding Lammas

Understanding Lammas

Lammas is a Pagan festival usually celebrated on August 1st - the beginning of the harvest season - and is used to mark the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. These festivals are often used to mark the very beginning of each season - the others include SamhainImbolc and Beltane. Lammas is believed to mark the beginning of the Autumn season where we celebrate the first harvesting season of the year and the idea that the fertility of summer will be over in just a few weeks. 

Lammas is believed to be the time where the Triple Goddess transforms into her Mother form as she brings a beautiful baby girl into the world. The Triple Goddess represents the ripe corn ready to be harvested and her daughter represents the seeds that will be planted into the earth ready for the spring season. Lammas celebrates the circle of life - as the grain is harvested, new seeds enter the soil to develop and regrow in the future. 

At Lammas, we honour the Celtic Sun God of Lugh - the God Of Light - who’s power seeps into the earth through planted seeds and is sacrificed during the harvest season. Lammas marks the beginning of the Sun God’s sacrifice so that we can live.

At this time, we must take inspiration from Lammas and take responsibility for the seeds that we have already planted. Gather your ideas, take action and reap your rewards. Be inspired by the sacrifice of the Sun God but embracing the nature around you. Spend some time outside and enjoy the last few weeks of sunshine before autumn arrives. Also, now is the prefect time to plant some new seeds ready for the next Spring season.  

Here are a list of Lammas correspondences and activities to try out during this passionate time of year.

 

Colours That Symbolise

  • Brown
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
 

Altar Items To Include

  • Grains 
  • Summer flowers
  • Sickle
  • Cornucopia 
 

Stones That Symbolise

  • Brown Agate
  • Obsidian 
  • Amber
  • Tigers Eye
 

 

Herbs That Symbolise

  • Frankincense 
  • Wheat
  • Heather
  • Sandalwood 
 

Spells To Do

  • Remembrance 
  • Release
  • Prosperity 
  • Blessings 
 

Activities To Try

  • Make a corn doll 
  • Enjoy the last days of summer 
  • Host a bonfire party
  • Bake bread
  • Make a Lammas altar
  • Gather herbs 
  • Release the things that no longer serve you and shouldn’t be taken into the Autumn season.
  • Have a picnic with your loved ones and embrace the beauty of nature

For more on the Sabbats in the Celtic Wheel Of The Year, take a look at my post Celebrating SamhainUnderstanding Imbolc, Understanding OstaraUnderstanding Beltane and Understanding Litha.

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What are your favourite Lammas traditions and activities? Feel free to share in the comments below!