As the sun reaches its zenith and the golden fields of grain sway in the summer breeze, the pagan sabbat of Lammas emerges to celebrate the first fruits of the harvest. Known as “Lughnasadh” in Celtic traditions, Lammas marks a time of gratitude, abundance, and a profound connection to the cycles of nature. For Wiccans and other modern pagans, Lammas holds a special place as a celebration of the Earth’s bountiful gifts and a reminder of the eternal dance between life, death, and rebirth.
The roots of Lammas trace back to the agricultural societies of ancient Celtic and Germanic peoples. Derived from the Old English word “hlafmaesse,” meaning “loaf-mass,” Lammas was a crucial moment in the yearly agricultural cycle. It marked the beginning of the grain harvest, specifically that of wheat, barley, and oats. Communities would gather to give thanks for the successful growth of the crops, offering the first harvested grains to deities or spirits as an acknowledgment of their blessings.
In Celtic mythology, Lammas was associated with the god Lugh, a deity known for his skills in craftsmanship and harvest. The festival of Lughnasadh was named in his honor and was celebrated with feasting, games, and competitions that showcased various skills and talents.
As Wicca draws inspiration from various pagan traditions, Lammas holds deep significance as one of the eight Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year. Here are some Wiccan associations and ways to celebrate Lammas:
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Ritual and Spellwork:
In this Step by Step walk through of me creating my first Corn Dolly, you will learn how to create your own. Be ready for your next Lammas or Lughnasadh celebration!