What is Lammas?
Lammas is known as the bread mass. We honor the passing of the light and the reaping and dismembering of the Grain God.
Lammas honors the first harvest. The first sheaf of wheat was ceremonially reaped, threshed, milled and baked into a loaf. Grain dies so that the community may live. Bread is blessed, becoming the body of the Spirit of Father God and then eaten to nourish our souls. Grain is deeply honored because it birthed civilization. Hunter gatherer tribes could now settle down in one location and build.
3 Ways to Celebrate Lammas
Drink Beer or Wine … you are in a sense at a wake celebrating both life and death and partaking of communion. Toast this special occasion by drinking blessed wine with blessed bread and take in the Spirits. Ponder on all the positive blessings that have come to you this year and all that is to come.
Bake a bread in the shape of a man … remember that Lammas is the bread mass. Bless the bread, tear it apart with your fingers and eat it, taking in the Spirit of the Grain and therefore taking in life. You can say such words as “I eat of the bread of life; may my soul be forever nourished”.
Make a Corn Dolly using corn husk to honor the Corn Mother … take dried-out corn husks and tie them together in the shape of a woman. She's your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her up, put hair on her head, using glue and yarn and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth what She has given to you.
Altar Set Up
Spell Work: Prosperity, Abundance, Health, Financial Gain, Gaining and fostering friendships, Giving thanks!
Archangel: Zadkiel, Angel of Jupiter and Wealth
Lammas is a festival of regrets, farewells, harvest and preserves. During this time, we pause and reflect to appreciate the cycle of change that is in the air. In this reflection, we remember that the SEED that is sown into the ground contains within it all the future potentialities for generations to come.
Pondering the Lammas mystery, I can see it is a celebration of the SEED – our soul. Our Soul is a SEED (shard) of the I AM (our Divine self). Our divine self contains all the past, present and future potentialities of each divine seed (soul shard). In this mystery, we can see that we are both the Divine, the SEED and the FRUIT that blossoms in each generation we are born into.
Pause, reflect and ask yourself? What are all the things I neglected to do this year? Or what projects did not come to fruition? You can write it down on paper and burn it. Or project it onto a corn husk or pine cone and throw it in the fire.
What is passing in your life? Say farewell to it. Write these down and bury them.
What potentialities within have harvested? Make a corn doll that represents this and place on your altar.
What fruits have you successfully harvested this year? Make Jam preserves to store the memory of these symbolically.
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May you have a blessed and fruitful Lammas!