On August 1st the ancient people of the Mediterranean celebrated Cornucopia or the festival of Ceres/Demeter. During this festival the Goddess Ceres/Demeter was honored as the “Great Mother of the Harvest.” In the Wiccan tradition, this sacred time is known as Lammas or Lughnasadh. Lammas is one of three Greater Sabbats which welcomes in the first harvest celebration of the Witches Yearly Calendar. It is the time of harvesting corn and grain, grapes and wine, and is therefore greatly associated with bread, as grains are the first crop to be harvested.
We as Witches give thanks and honor to all Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest, as well as those who represent Death and Resurrection. This is, in a manner, the Witches Thanksgiving, and we continue to tend to our gardens, and begin to harvest our magickal herbs and flowers. During this time many cast and project spells focused on abundance, growth, new beginnings, and prosperity in all things. The following recipe can be employed during any Cornucopia or Lammas rite to attract abundance, wealth, and clear roads.
Witches’ Lammas Abundance Incense
one teaspoon oak bark
one teaspoon vervain
one teaspoon apple peel
one teaspoon basil
nine drops raspberry oil
nine drops heliotrope oil
three drops rose oil
Blend and grind the herbs together and add the drops of oil. Burn this blend on a glowing charcoal to attract abundance, wealth, and clear roads.
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