Today is the day of Lughnasadh, or Lammas depending on your name preference. I always get a little sad when Lughnasadh arrives, because it is the first of three harvest festivals: Lughnasadh, Mabon, and Samhain. I know that by the time that third harvest approaches we'll be entering winter, and things will be chilly and dying. But, it's not there yet, so let's celebrate like it's 0099!
May you all be immensely blessed, as you have blessed me during my time with you through the Riot. All the best to you, your family, and your home.
I plan on making a nice little dinner when I get off work today. Nothing fancy, but something good. It will probably involve honey butter cornbread, which is absolutely essential to a harvest feast. Or, at least, it is in my household. What are YOUR plans for Lughnasadh? What is your favorite Lammas recipe, ritual, or tradition? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section for everyone to see!
Love and Lyte,
Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest festivals. Its name comes from the honoring of the Celtic sun god Lugh, though it is primarily a grain festival honoring the crops of corn, wheat, barley and the like. The Native Americans honor the Corn Grandmother/Mother at this time. Other sun and grain deities are honored as well, such as Ceres and Isis.
This sabbat does chiefly honor Lugh and his consort, the Great Mother Goddess Dana. The Goddess is considered the one that brought forth the first grain, but she is still pregnant with the future autumnal harvests. Though it is the god who sacrifices himself, becomes corn, and feeds the people. Sacrifice is a running theme at this time, and can be performed by baking an image of the God as bread and eating it. Or, you could burn, bury, or leave out a bit of the harvest in sacrifice. Also, along with bread, one can spill wine to symbolize the God’s blood.
The harvest is considered sacred the world over. The romans and Greeks revered Ceres, Demeter, and Persephone. Celtic and English witches keep a bit of the harvest to make the next Imbolc corn dolly, and some dress the current dolly as a pregnant mother. In Peru, parades are put on with everyone wearing their best clothes with corn being eaten or scattered about fields in blessing and sacrifice. The Bretons kept a similar tradition as that of the Corn Dolly, while in India it is the Cotton Mother that is celebrated at this time.
Breads and grain ales are commonplace during the Lughnasadh celebration. Bread represents not just the harvest, but the earth Mother, home, and hearth. Honey, as a sun food, is perfect to serve with harvest breads. Though, it is possibly most fitting to bake a loaf of cornbread with honey butter. Berries are also picked at this time, as they are just becoming ripe.
It is said that the last grain must be left standing as an offering for fairies or other nature spirits. Native Americans left the last corn stalk for the Corn Mother to reside in. While a Middle Eastern traditions says to bury the last harvested grain back into the earth so the corn spirit would want to return the following year.
Have a large harvest festival with friends and family. Decorate with summer themes, make sun cakes, and make sure to have the fruits of the First Harvest readily presented throughout the meal. Serve red wine and bread with honey in honor of the Goddess’ continued pregnancy and the God’s sacrifice for his people.
Blessed be this season of Lughnasadh, time of the first harvest, the blessing of the Grain Goddess and the sacrifice of the King God.
The Great Mother Goddess has blessed us with a bounty of grain and corn, yet is still pregnant with the future harvest.
The Great King God has sacrificed his body and spilled his blood so that his people may eat and live well.
Praise be to the Great Mother who has given us a great bounty.
Praise be to the Great King who has given to us his body that we may thrive.
Bless our home, our hearth, and our family that we may know only prosperity, safety, and love.
Thanks be to you, Great Lord and Lady, for the blessings we have been given that have come to fruit.