Lughnasadh / Lammas
1st of August
Herbs/Flowers/Trees: basil, bay, golden rod, mint, vervain, chamomile, calendula, mugwort, heather, poppy, sunflower, hops, comfrey, ash, rowan
Crystals: carnelian, citrine, gold, clear quartz, peridot, sardonyx, obsidian, aventurine
Foods: barley, wheat, corn, bilberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, apples, squash, bread, pies, wine, beer
Colours: gold, yellow, beige, brown, orange, green
Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest Sabbats.
Lughnasadh is a Gaelic word for “festival of Lugh”. Lugh is the Celtic sun god, a master of arts and a skilled craftsman. He was also a warrior and was associated with oaths and nobility.
Lughnasadh is also referred to as Lammas, meaning “loaf mass”. This is the Anglo-Saxon terminology.
This Sabbat marks the beginning of the harvest season, so it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and request blessings from deities for a bountiful harvest.
Traditionally, the first cutting of the grain would be used a deity offering. Another tradition is to make a corn dolly. You could keep this corn dolly on your altar for prosperity, protection and blessings.
Celebrate Lughnasadh with a feast. Typical foods for this day would be grains and any seasonal fruits and vegetables. Bread is commonly made on this day, make the kneading and baking process one with magickal intent.
Create a gratitude ritual on this Sabbat. A simple one would be to write a list of things you are grateful for. You could even light a gold candle and place your list under the gold candle while meditating on gratitude.
Spells to do on Lughnasadh would be ones focusing on abundance, blessings, courage, gratitude, prosperity, and protection.
Rituals can be done on this day to invoke Lugh’s assistance with creativity and self improvement.
You could celebrate Lughnasadh by going apple or berry picking, harvesting from your own garden, or even going to the farmers market.
Create an equal-armed cross using rowan twigs and red string and place this above your front door for protection.
Try brewing up some of this lovely Lughnasadh tea!