Celebrating the First of the Autumn Harvest Festivals!

Lughnasadh, or Lammas. One of the Four Great Sabbats.

Lughnasadh, or Lammas, is one of the four great Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year, falling on August 1st it marks the midpoint between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Lammas marks the start of the harvest season, although the summer warmth is still with us the first hints of autumn are starting to pop up. It’s a time to give thanks for the growing season which is coming to its end and to reap what we’ve sown; it’s also one of the two most popular and favoured times for handfasting ceremonies, the other being Beltane.

Lughnasadh rituals and honouring’s are related to the harvest, gratitude and recognising the manifestation of our intentions that have unfolded over the past year. Bread making is a strong tradition as its seen to represent bringing the seeds of intention to fruition, as well as using the grains, and sometimes fruits being harvested in this season. Lammas feasts include summer fruits and vegetables, honey, corn dishes and roasted meats. Sunset is a significant time on Lughnasadh so having your meal as the sun sets is magical!

Lughnasadh is a fun and easy Sabbat to get involved in. Find simple ways to honour the energy of this time and work them into your day. Make a picnic to share at sunset or take time for yourself to meditate on how you’ve grown. Be grateful for what you have and get involved. It’s easy to enjoy the start of the harvest season and it’s a great way to make use of the remaining summer warmth.

“This Sabbat is focused on gratitude and growth, so it’s a great time for personal reflections and working on yourself.”

Tarot spreads at this time, are focused on internal reflections. Looking back at the growth you achieved over the last year, the seeds of intention sown and how they manifested for the harvest. For anyone involved in spell work or manifestation, Lughnasadh is a perfect time to work on abundance, connections and career. Crystals like citrine, clear quartz, adventurine and topaz, and herbs such as mint, chamomile and sandalwood are great for Lammas spell work and for incorporating into your day. Try reflecting on what summer has given you, with a cup of mint and chamomile tea. Meditating and journaling are simple ways to explore what this year has provided and what you have to be grateful for, whilst looking at how you’ve grown and how to hold onto this into the autumn and winter months.

Lughnasadh; the union of the sun and earth.

If you have an alter or you like to decorate for the holidays, use yellows, golds, oranges, browns and greens for this time of year. Use yellow or gold candles to represent the sun and green or brown candles to represent the earth. Autumn flower bouquets and wreaths are a common hanging decoration, especially if they are home-made. This Sabbat is associated with reaping the benefits of hard work, and the skills associated with that. So place a symbol of the skill you’ve been working on, on your alter or in your home. For example, a writer might display a notepad or a chef might display a cooking tool. Honouring the Celtic god Lugh, the god from which Lughnasadh gets its name, is a big part of the festival so find a way to incorporate his associated colours into your rituals.