HONORING LAMMAS – THE FIRST HARVEST

A brief history of Lammas

In Earth-based traditions, Lammas is usually celebrated on August 1, honoring the first harvest of the season. Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah). In some Wiccan and Pagan traditions, Lammas is also a day of honoring Lugh, the Celtic god of craftmanship, grain, the Sun, and late summer storms. Lughnasadh is still celebrated in many parts of the world today. At this time of year, the nights are beginning to lengthen and we anticipate the return of fall. This is truly the beginning of shadow season. Before the Wheel turns to the darker months, we can take time to appreciate warmth and sunlight and how they support the season of growth. Gratitude in times of plenty is a powerful practice. What we reap now wasn’t always full-grown. By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they had to do in order to survive and secure our lineage.

Like all Celtic or Pagan holidays, Lammas also honors goddesses whose associations, strengths, and myths align with the work we’re doing at this time of year. Ceres, the harvest goddess, known as Demeter by the Greeks, and Tailtiu, mother of Lugh, are great forces of agricultural abundance. We receive their blessings in the bounty of food that will feed us through the rest of the year. Metaphorically, our mental, spiritual, and emotional crops are ready for the first harvest, too. If you set intentions in the darkness of winter or early spring, this is the time to see how they’ve manifested and will support you in the months to come.

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Imbolc/Lammas Sabbat Gathering Saturday, February 2, 2019

Thess Sabbats were written and being led by – Imbolc our coven’s almost adept Garie. Lammas by our coven’s Priestess Hypatia. Imbolc represents the coming of spring not too far away and love of all kinds from person to person in the Northern Hemisphere. Lammas is the first harvest and the coming of the fall in the Southern Hemisphere.

WHEN:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter chat room once the circle has been cast as this will release the energy built up for the chants and possibly let something negative enter the sacred space. Thank you.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Please scroll down to the hemisphere you live in for the list of things you need for that hemisphere’s ritual. Thank you.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS BRIGHID AND GOD CUPID

 

EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents each of the elements so they form a pentagram. In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram – Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, lower right-hand point Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire. lower left-hand point Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, upper right-hand point Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, the top point Spirit: Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.

 

Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in colors of Silver, White, and Yellow – you can use markers to color the candle. You can also use a picture or statue of the Goddess Brighid

 

Gods: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of yellow, red, green – again you can use markers to decorate the candle. Or a picture or statue of the God Cupid

 

GARIE: I walk this circle three times asking that all who are in it be kept safe from harm and our magickal workings bring harm to know outside our circle.

 

 

EVERYONE: Invoke the object for the each Element at the Cardinal points:

Starting with the Element of Air/ East and say, – We call upon the Element of Air/East, bring us mental clarity as I cast my Magick Circle

 

Next turn South towards the Element Fire, and say, – We call upon the Element Fire bring the light and heat to your transformative bring your stability, and residence to my Magick Circle.

 

Next turn to the West as the Element of Water and say – We call upon the Element of Water to bring us your fluidity and compassion as I cast my Magick Circle.

 

Next turning North the direction Earth say, – We call upon the Element Earth, to bring forth growth and abundance as I cast my Magick Circle

 

Next face you altar and call upon Spirit say – We call upon Spirit to let us embrace the power of the other elements

 

While still facing your altar say – (Light the Goddess candle or touch picture or statue of the Goddess) Blessed the beautiful Goddess Brighid, of healers, smiths, and poets. I call upon you to enter our Magical circle on the Sabbat Imbolic. When the days of Winter are ending, and we can see light ahead. Knowing it almost a time for Spring.

 

(Light the God candle or touch the picture or statue of the God) Bless the handsome God the god of love, lovers and fertility.

 

Mediate for 2 minutes letting the power of the Goddess, God, and Elements rise.

 

Holding your candle or picture or staute for Brighid – Chant three times;

“Goddess Brighid please bless this home we dwell

Every fire side, every wall and door

Bless each heart that beats under this roof

Bless every hand that toils to bring you joy

Bless every foot that walks through its portals

May Brigid bless this home that shelters you”

(Set the candle or other object representing the Goddess down)

 

Holding you candle or picture or statue of Cupid – Chant three times

“God Cupid please bless my family and beloved

Keeping us close in touch no matter how far away from each other we dwell

Let our homes be filled with happiness and love all the yearlong.

Let us not forget those we love who dwell in the Summerlands.”

(Set the candle or object representing the God down)

 

Have a snack of some of your family’s favorite foods in honor of the Sabbat Imbolc after the ritual has ended.. (For dinner I will be having homemade potato gravy, cornbread, and banana pudding, and milk to drink). Hold hands with family members and/or friends that are with you and give our blessings to the bountiful of food that we have. Be sure you leave a bite and sip of everything to offer up as thanks to the God and Goddess for their power and presence in this evening’s ritual.

 

Southern Hemisphere- Lammas

 

Setting up you alter ready for the feast

 

Basket of grain heads

Fruits and seeds of choice

Corn dolly if you choose

1 X orange candle

Bread and cider to feast

 

Lammas in the S.H-

 

As the day marking the first harvest of early grain, this is a good time to bake your own bread. The loaf that is broken and shared in the name of the Goddess.

This is a time of great change that needs to take place in one’s life.

The Great God gives his energy to the crops to ensure life, while the Great Goddess prepares to enter Her Crone aspect, the Great God slowly loses his strength and it’s a time for the days to grow shorter.

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere you may want to decorate your alter with grains and wheat, husks and freshly baked breads, corn dollies and fruit.

 

Lammas in the S.H-

  • Now is the time to light your orange candle

Take a handful of grain and face the East, the land of the rising Sun God.

And Say

Now let us honour the Goddess in all of her fullness. Because of her nurturing we are blessed with the fruitfulness and the Divine Gods energy wanes. As the mother of all nature, we love and adore her with fullest honour and are in reverence that she chooses to share her power of beneficence.

 

Now:

Rub the grains in your hands and allow them to fall on the ground or on your alter cloth.

Take a piece of fruit, taste it and appreciate and saviour its flavour.

And Say:

“As the energies of the Goddess become ours, we are one with the fruits of the harvest. Hail Great and Divine Goddess of the Moon, Great Mother of all creation, and Hail to the Sun Lord and light our path with your pure light of goodness. May all your harvests be bountiful.”

 

Everyone-

Feast on the fruit and seeds.

 

2 Minute Meditation

Spend some time meditating on the sense of community bought about in the sharing of the fruits of the land.

Think about the bounty that fills your life. What are you getting ready to harvest? Have you taken time over the summer to enjoy the fruits of your labour? How are you preparing to shift into the darkness of the coming months?

 

FAREWELL

 

Lammas in the S.H-

Now say-

Brighid, Goddess of Healing, Goddess of Smith craft, Goddess of Inspiration, I thank You for Your presence and Your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

At the end of the ceremony please feel free to feast on your cider and bread.

After the ceremony:

If you wish to burn your candle in safety please do so, or snuff out and light over the next few days enjoying this transition of seasons.

Continue to feast on the bounties that have been gifted by the Great Mother and Father, and finally please dispose of anything sacred or not finished in an appropriate way, with a blessing and back to the great Mother with respect. Honour her with the greatest respect and show your gratitude! The Great Goddess is here for everyone!

GARIE: Thank your beautiful Goddess Brighid for bringing your protection, healing, and wisdom in this Magickal circle.Say, You are free to go.

 

Thank you handsome God Cupid for bringing your protection, healing, and wisdom in this Magickal circle.Say, You are free to go..

 

The Element Air thank you for bringing your Magickal energies into the circle, You may leave,

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The Element Fire thank you for bringing your Magickal energies into the circle. You may leave.         .

 

The Element of Water thank you for bringing your energies into the circle. You may leave

 

The Element Earth for bringing your energies into the circle. You may leave.

 

Thank you Element of Spirit thank you for bring your Magickal energies into the circle. You nay leave.

 

The circle is open, but not broken, until we meet again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lugh, Master of Skills by Patti Wigington

Similar to the Roman god Mercury, Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. There are countless inscriptions and statues dedicated to Lugh, and Julius Caesar himself commented on this god’s importance to the Celtic people. Although he was not a war god in the same sense as the Roman Mars, Lugh was considered a warrior because to the Celts, skill on the battlefield was a highly valued ability. In Ireland, which was never invaded by Roman troops, Lugh is called sam ildanach, meaning he was skilled in many arts simultaneously.

Lugh Enters the Hall of Tara

In one famous legend, Lugh arrives at Tara, the hall of the high kings of Ireland. The guard at the door tells him that only one person will be admitted with a particular skill–one blacksmith, one wheelwright, one bard, etc. Lugh enumerates all the great things he can do, and each time the guard says, “Sorry, we’ve already got someone here who can do that.” Finally Lugh asks, “Ah, but do you have anyone here who can do them ALL?” At last, Lugh was allowed entrance to Tara.

The Book of Invasions

Much of the early history of Ireland is recorded in the Book of Invasions, which recounts the many times Ireland was conquered by foreign enemies. According to this chronicle, Lugh was the grandson of one of the Fomorians, a monstrous race that were the enemy of the Tuatha De Danann. Lugh’s grandfather, Balor of the Evil Eye,…

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Celtic God – Lugh, Master of Skills

Lug, Lugus/Lugos (Gaulish), Lugh Lámhfhada (Irish), Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Welsh), Lugaid/Lugaidh, Lonnansclech

Lugh (LOO) is a popular Celtic sun god known for his many skills.  Because of this, he was also called Lugh Lámhfhada (Lugh of the Long Arm), Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Lleu of the Skillful Hand), Samildánach (Skilled in All the Arts), Lonnbeimnech (fierce striker, sword-shouter) or Macnia (boy hero).

Lugh is thought to be a form of the pan-Celtic/Gaulish god Lugus/Lugos.  The ancient Romans associated Lugh with the Roman god Mercury/Greek Hermes, as well as Apollo through his association with Lugus.  It is also possible that Lugh/Lugus was also a triple god, comprising the Gaulish gods Esus, Toutatis and Taranis.

Lugh was known as a sun god and a fierce warrior.  He is also known as a god of storms, particularly thunderstorms.  He was associated with the raven, crow, and lynx, and had a magic hound.  Lugh possessed several magical weapons, including an invincible Spear, one of the treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann.  It is said that the Spear never missed its target and was so bloodthirsty it would…

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The Astrological Importance of Lughnasadh

The Fire Festival of Summer

The festival of Lughnasadh, later known as Lammas, is one of the four grand sabbats of witchcraft traditions, and one of the four sacred fire festivals of the Celtic peoples also celebrated by modern Pagans.  The four festivals all have fire playing a central role in some way.  Beltane and Samhain, the high holy days of modern witchcraft were traditionally centered around large bonfires or balefires of a sacrificial or celebratory nature.  During Imbolc, or Candlemas one of the only festivals frequently celebrated indoors we see the great fire and coming sun represented by candle flame.  Lughnasadh is directly across the wheel from Imbolc and during the hot-dry summer the fire of the Sun is already manifest in the sky above.  Sun disks or fire wheels were also used to symbolize the solar rays of the sun, often rolled downhill in representation of the Sun’s descent over the horizon.

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The Festival Sabbat of Lammas – Lughnassadh, Lugnasad August 1st/2nd

It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries.

The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle.

It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, 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, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. Circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic, was popular, as were all community gatherings. August was considered an auspicious month for handfastings and weddings.

But underlying this is the knowledge that the bounty and energy of Lugh, of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning…

The Grain Mother.

At Lammas the Goddess is in Her aspect as Grain Mother, Harvest Mother, Harvest Queen, Earth Mother, Ceres and Demeter. Demeter, as Corn Mother, represents the ripe corn of this year’s harvest and Her daughter Kore/Persephone represents the grain – the seed which drops back deep into the dark earth, hidden throughout the winter, and re-appears 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. (It is a fact that a pregnant woman carrying her as yet unborn daughter is also already carrying the ovary containing all the eggs her daughter will ever release – she is already both mother, grandmother and beyond, embodying the great Motherline – pure magic and mystery.)

So as the grain harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and within that harvest is the seed of next year’s rebirth, regeneration and harvest. The Grain Mother is ripe and full, heavily pregnant she carries the seed of the new year’s Sun God within her. There is tension here. For the Sun God, the God of the Harvest, the Green Man, or John Barleycorn, surrenders his life with the cutting of the corn.

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Millennial Witch: The ‘First Fruits’ of a Modern Lughnasadh

Autumn Sabbats have always been special to me. Not just because of Halloween/Samhain, but also because of Mabon, and most importantly, Lughnasadh.

The First Harvest Festival of the Year, Lughnasadh (also commonly called Lammas) is most often celebrated around August 1st. (Though in some Druid and Celtic Pagan circles, it is the full moon closest to that date.) It marks the time when the grain was harvested, lammas bread was given to the barn corners, and in some Pagan circles, The Harvest God dies. In certain cases, this holiday is overlooked for it’s two successors, but I firmly believe we shouldn’t bypass this first harvest time.

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