Lammas is the pagan celebration of the First Harvest, the grain harvest. It is also known as Lughnasadh, after the Celtic Sun God Lugh, and is celebrated on August 1st in the Northern Hemisphere, and on February 1st in the Southern Hemisphere.
Lammas is a time of abundance, of being thankful and of gathering in the first harvest. The word comes from “loaf mass”, indicating a celebration of the first bread from the new harvest. It is a festival best celebrated by baking bread, circle dancing, and making corn dolls.
At Lammas we consider that within this moment of bounty there is also the shadow of death, as the Sun God is sacrificed as we cut the corn, making way for the latter part of the year and the continued circle of the wheel of the year. We also see how the full grain contains the start of the new seeds for next year’s crop. The grain is the Mother, full of promise, sustenance and future life.
Lammas correspondences include green, yellow and orange crystals, sunflowers and meadowsweet, grains, marigolds, mint, phoenixes, centaurs.