Witches, it’s time to mark the first harvest festival, Lammas! With head witch Rebecca-Anuwen
Lammas is marked on 1st or 2nd August and is often celebrated for the whole month
In the witch’s wheel of the year, Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nah-sah or LOO-na-soo), is a festival which honours the first of the three harvest festivals, and celebrates the wheat and grain. It is marked on 1st or 2nd August, and is often celebrated for the whole month – quite the party!
The name Lammas is said to come from the Anglo-Saxon ‘hlaf-mas,’ which translates as ‘loaf-mass’. Lughnasadh is Irish Gaelic for ‘Commemoration of Lugh,’ and Lugh is the Celtic Sun King and God of Light.
Honour the cycles
Embodying Lammas means honouring the cycles of transformation. It’s a time to reconnect with how you’ve been creating your life and your experiences. What have your actions, thoughts and habits been creating and growing in your life? As the energy begins to slow down, use this time to stop doing, doing, doing, and plan some time to take stock of any areas in your life where you’re not receiving or experiencing your desired outcome.
Tap into the energy of the harvest by deciding that if some of your desires need more nurturing and ‘time in the ground,’ do some weeding out and let go of the things you’ve outgrown, and embrace and enjoy those things which are ready to be harvested.
Use this time to prepare for the coming months, as the energy begins the descent into darkness and the journey within. Now is the time to sort the wheat from the chaff and get rid of anything that is no longer in alignment with your desires or higher purpose.
Celebrate the summer
During these long summer days, Lammas is a time for celebration and family. Honour the Sabbat with one or more of these ten ideas:
1 Enjoy a family walk
Notice how the season around you is changing, as the land starts to turn shades of yellow and gold. Pay attention to your senses. What you can feel and smell on your walk. How is the land changing around you?
2 Feel close to your community
You might bring people together. You could celebrate with a fire and a feast, or even start a community project.
3 Make grain garlands
To honour this grain harvest, pop some corn. Thread the popped corn together to make garlands which can be decorated and coloured. You can wear them as ‘corn crowns’, as necklaces or use them to decorate a table for a shared
4 Harvest your summer bounty
Pick some flowers, especially sunflowers to decorate your home. Collect some blackberries from the hedgerows and see if you can find some apples to pick too to eat fresh or perhaps bake with!
5 Bake Lammas loaves
Celebrate the harvest of the grain by baking some fresh bread, and share it with the people you love and care about most.
6 Create a summer altar
Include things that represent the season: bread, sunflowers, the colours gold and yellow. Add items that represent things you’re grateful for. Each member of the family could write their own list of things that they’re grateful for and add them to the altar.
7 Write a gratitude journal
This could be a personal journal or a family journal. At the top of the page write: ‘I am grateful because…’ then
write down as many reasons as you can think of. Add to this journal throughout the year.
8 Donate old treasures
In the spirit of harvesting, now is a great time to donate those items that you no longer need or things that your children have grown out of.
9 Bless your home
Open the windows throughout your home and let the last of the warm summer air in. Go through each room and say a blessing for all the things you are thankful for that each room has given you. For example, give thanks to the bedroom for relaxation and rest and the kitchen for nourishment and creation, and to the bathroom for vibrant health. In the living room, give gratitude for connection.
10 Honour the sunset
As the wheel begins to take a noticeable turn towards the darker months, have a picnic outside and toast the sunset.
Now try something new
Explore your life path
Lammas is a time of gathering in your resources so you can be supported throughout the darker, less physically abundant months of the year and in the year ahead. It’s a time of assessment, transformation and future-planning. Use this time to take a really good look at all aspects of your life that support you.
Are there any areas of your life that need to change so you feel safe and supported – especially in the long-term? Consider your finances, career, relationships, friendships, health, hobbies and spiritual practices.
Grab your journal and ask yourself these questions:
1 What is coming to fruition in your life?
2 What needs to be removed to make room for what’s really important for you?
3 How can you celebrate your successes and how can you share what you’ve learned with your wider community?
4 What still needs time and space to grow, and what are you currently most grateful for?
Celebrate what you already have; look to use what you have to support you more and share resources to help others too; look to make improvements in all areas of your life. As you do the inner work, set intentions for feeling safe, secure and supported.
Rebecca-Anuwen is a modern-day witch, author and kinesiologist. She teaches you to be your true self, to trust your magic and create real change. Rebecca is head witch at ‘The Witch Academy,’ a magical place to learn, grow and be fully yourself. Find out more at rebeccaanuwen.com