On 31 July at sunset, the party to celebrate the harvest begins.
One of the ways we can deepen our connection with the Earth is to become in tune with her seasons and cycles, honoring and appreciating her throughout the seasons.
The more present and connected we become with the rhythm of nature and the spirit of the seasons, the easier it becomes to intuitively celebrate!
Lammas is one of the 8 Festivals included in the Wheel of the Year, which represents the metaphorical mythology surrounding the God and the Goddess. This sacred couple is responsible for all creation in Nature, and each has a decisive role to play in the cycles of life during the course of the year. The God is depicted as the forceful Sun, and the Goddess as the nurturing Earth – Mother Gaia. It is now high summer and the Union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest.
Lammas is one of the four Greater Sabbats, making it one of the most important days on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It is the cross-quarter day between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, and it marks the beginning of the harvest season.
Lammas is a Fire Festival, the celebration of the first Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in, bow down in gratitude for the beautiful gifts that we have received and give to others with open hearts.
It is a time of plentiful abundance and revelling in nature’s bounty. As such, this particular sabbat is associated with feasting and crafting.
There is an emphasis on using what the earth has given us to celebrate.
In our own tradition, Lammas is the time of year when the White Goddess, who is the Queen of the Fey and Lady of Sovereignty, is at her shining peak. The Goddess is in Her aspect as Grain Mother, Harvest Queen/Mother, Earth Mother, Ceres and Demeter.
Demeter represents the ripe corn of this year’s harvest and Her daughter, Persephone, represents the grain – the seed which drops back deep into the dark earth, hidden throughout the winter, and reappears in the spring as new growth.
This is the deep core meaning of Lammas and comes in different guises. The fullness and fulfillment of the present harvest already holds at its very heart the seed of all future harvest.
The Spiral Castle is open to the south gate, and the Earth sends forth its bounty in abundance. It is is a time of celebration, for it is the last hurrah before the wheel turns to the dark of the year.
It is also know as Lughnassadh, the great festival of Lugh – the great Celtic Sun King and God of Light. August is His sacred month when He initiated great festivities in honour of His mother, Tailtiu. Feasting, circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day.
RITUAL on the sacred day of the Dark Moon & Lammas
As this year we celebrate Lammas in the same day with the Dark Moon – Deipnon – on August 1st, it is a blessed opportunity to make a ritual of introspection, healing, retreat and focus on what we want to remove from our lives, so we can first make space for what we want to attract and manifest.
The purpose of the dark phase of any cycle is that of transition between the death of the old and the birth of the new.
To celebrate this Sabbat, you can prepare you altar and decorate it with summer flowers, herbs, fruits and grains, crystals, candles in golden-orange-red summer colors.
Cleanse your space with white sage and burn some myrrh incense, or any incense of your choice. Invite your Spiritual Guides, Ascended Masters, Angelic Realm, Gods and Goddesses to be with you during this gathering. Be open to receive their blessings.
In this practice, yo can prepare a sacred space and you can write a list with everything that no loger serves you and offer it to the fire of the Goddess. This is such a powerful exercise of cleaning and rejuvenating.
In the second part of the ritual you can invite the Dark Goddesses and Fire Goddesses to help you clean your womb with their sacred fires before you start the process of planting the seeds of what you want to manifest (in acordance with the Divine Will of God and only if it is for your higher purpose).
Allow the fire of transformation to burn anything that no longer serves you and connect your womb to the Great Womb of Creation. Then you can visualize one by one, the golden seeds, set the intention for each of them and visualize it as already manifested.
Ask for each seed to be blessed by God, Mother Gaia and the Goddesses and then plant it in the fertile soil of your womb.
At the end, bow down in gratitude and accept this as done.
What is your favorite practice for Lammas?
We can inspire each other by sharing our Sacred Wisdom.
Feel free to connect with your intuition and design your own ritual using to Power of Nature and the Moon.
May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!