Lughnasadh (or Lammas) was a strange concept to me when I first started to research the sabbat. Celebrating the first harvest? Last I checked I’m not a farmer. Produce is available year round in grocery stores. Over here, Eastern Texas is not going to show signs of fall until December. Also, we’re only halfway through the summer, why are we looking towards the end this soon?
After doing research however, I understand. August 1st, the day of the sabbat (or February 1st for all you southern hemisphere folks), marks the halfway point or the peak of summer. But it also marks the time when we start to descend to the dark half of the year. This is a transitional time where we’re thinking about taking advantage of all that summer has to offer and acknowledge that fall is right around the corner. Have a few more backyard bashes with friends and family or schedule some time for summer night stargazing! And take advantage of the fact that super spooky Halloween decor is now available at major craft stores haha. Time to stockpile pumpkin candles!
So what about the harvest aspect?
It should be noted that while yes, this is the season of “first harvest” (or “first fruits” as it is also known), it’s not the end of the harvest season. That is reserved for Samhain. We’re just getting started here! This is the time to take a good look at what you’ve accomplished during the year so far and take stock of what still needs to be “done”. Are you ready to reap what you’ve sown? Or do you need to spend more time on a project or make more progress on that goal you’ve been working on? Are there lofty goals or projects that you’ve had on the back burner that you should perhaps let go of until next year? That’s okay too, it happens!
Lughnasadh is a wonderfully introspective concept, and I know I’m going to look forward to celebrating this holiday for years to come.
Lughnasadh vs. Lammas
(the following is a snippet from my workbook, which I’ll address shortly!)
Lammas is the name given to the Christianized harvest holiday meaning “Loaf Mass”. In traditional Anglo-Saxon practice, a loaf of bread was baked from the first wheat harvest and taken to a church to be blessed. The blessed bread would then be broken into fourths and placed with the newly harvested wheat for protection of the harvest. In different parts of the British Isles, different crops are given symbolic significance over others during this holiday.
It is my understanding that some Pagan sects use the terms Lughnasadh and Lammas interchangeably. Though I do not worship deities nor do I follow the holidays of the Christian church, I prefer the Lughnasadh term over Lammas simply because Lughnasadh feels more magickal to me.
While I’ve been trying to get through July I’ve been working on something that I’m super proud of. Announcing the first of my witchy holiday/sabbat workbooks starting with Lughnasadh!
This labor of research and love includes two family recipes and a cocktail for your next backyard party, a seasonal ritual to keep you motivated to get to fall, a tarot spread, journal prompts, and much more. Oh, and it’s only $7.50 until next week!
If you are interested, you can check out the workbook via my shop!
I’m working on a workbook for Mabon/the autumnal equinox, which I hope to have finished a few weeks in advance due to delivering our baby the week before the sabbat. Mabon is the first sabbat I ever celebrated and probably one of my favorites, so here’s hoping I can get it done!