Written By: Meg Crawford
What is Lammas?
According to the pagan calendar or Wheel of the Year, the passage of a year was marked by various festivals linked to the cycle of seasons. Today’s pagan community continues to observe these festivals.
Lammas – also known as Lughnasadh or Lunasdal – is the festival celebrating what was traditionally the time to harvest. Representing a peak of crop maturity and growth, farmers would reap the benefit of what they’d sown in the preceding months. In other traditions, the festival can be more a celebration of Lugh, known as the Celtic Craftsman God or God of Light.
While many of us are probably not literally harvesting at this time (although, you might be…), it is still an opportune moment to reflect on your efforts and their rewards, and practice gratitude for the same. Plus, if we’ve been blessed with bounty, it’s time to share.
Given that winter is around the corner, it’s also a time to enjoy the remaining longer days and light.
It’s also time to start preparing for the future and get organised, put disputes to rest, mend bridges or end relationships amicably.
When do we celebrate Lammas down under, and is it different from in the northern hemisphere?
In the Southern Hemisphere, we celebrate Lammas from 1-2 February. On the flip side of the world, the festival is celebrated on 1-2 August.
What events are associated with Lammas?
Traditionally, Lammas is a time for the first harvest of the year – often the first grain or corn harvest. It is also a good time for sport, paying debts, resolving disputes, blessing rites and weather magick.
How can I honour Lammas?
Try some of these ideas:
- bake bread or pretzels (or, maybe just eat them);
- make a grain wreath;
- make a corn dolly;
- revel in the outdoors while the weather is still good – go camping or picnic;
- set up a Lammas alter with items that could include sickles and scythes (or representations of them), oats, mint, fresh fruit and veg, and sheaths of wheat. Make it colourful – think Autumn hues of red, yellow and orange; or
- bless your home.
If your celebration focuses more on Lugh, you may wish to adorn your altar with symbols or tools of your trade, craft or skill.
How do you celebrate the festival at Muses?
We love to get hands-on during all celebrations of the pagan Wheel of the Year, and Lammas is no different. You’ll each have the opportunity to craft something beautiful (we’ll talk you through it and there’s not requirement to be good at art or crafty per se).
Then, we eat… On that note, we’d love it if you would bring along a snack or something tasty to share. Feel free to whip something up yourself, but that’s by no means compulsory.
Book online here or in store and find out more. Saturday 2 February; 11am-1pm; $35