On August 1st, we welcome in another new season, and turn in the wheel of the year. Lammas!
Lammas goes by many names, to include Lughnasadh and Lunasdal. Lammas translates to “The Feast of the Bread” and is a celebratory time to welcome in the first harvest.
From Wikipedia: “On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide, which falls at the halfway point between the summer Solstice and Autumn September Equinox.
The loaf was blessed, and in Anglo-Saxon England it might be employed afterwards to work magic: a book of Anglo-Saxon charms directed that the lammas bread be broken into four bits, which were to be placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the garnered grain.”
Rituals & Activities to celebrate Lammas
One of my favorite things to do every season, is to decorate my home with fresh flowers. Some of my favorite flowers and decorations for Lammas include:
Colorful Ears of Corn
Decorate your home, your altar, wherever it feels good! It is your space.
Probably one of the most well known components of Lammas is what you whip up in the kitchen. Since Lammas is all about the celebration of grain and the beginning of harvest, bread is one of the most popular choices to bake for Lammas! We recommend trying out this simple Challah Bread recipe from Life as a Strawberry. This recipe will yield you 2 loaves.
You will Need:
5 tsp. active dry yeast
1-3/4 cup warm water
⅔ cup sugar
½ cup olive oil, plus extra to grease a bowl
5 eggs, plus 1 extra for an egg wash before baking (6 eggs total)
1-2 Tbsp. salt, depending on your taste (I use 1-1/2 Tbsp. or so)
8 to 8-1/2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading/dusting
Both of us love Challah and thought it would be perfect for celebrating the beauty of Lammas! For the full recipe and ingredients, click here.
If you have the means, and can do so safely, create a bonfire and celebrate with friends, family, music, and delicious foods. If you don’t have the ability to create a bonfire, you can always set the intention and light a candle (or ten!) instead! Turn your fire into a fire ritual by making an herbal mixture of:
Once you have this herbal blend, you can grind it up and throw it into the fire! (Be mindful that this can change the way the fire is burning so always practice with caution!)
Lammas is a time for celebration and gratitude, in which you can of course utilize essential oils in your practice. Here is a blend that you can add to your diffuser, to a roller bottle, or to an elixir blend with herbs.
2 drops Lemongrass
4 drops Lemon
1 drop Patchouli
2 drops Lavender
Other activities to honor the harvest
Have an outdoor picnic
Craft a wreath made of wheat
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