Lammas, or Lughnasadh (pronounced "LOO-nahs-ah"), is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “Loaf-mass” and is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats, usually celebrated on August 1st or 2nd, and occasionally on July 31st. The Lughnasadh Sabbat is a time to celebrate the end of Summer and the beginning of the Autumn season, as well as to usher in the first of three harvest celebrations in 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 a time when the Sun God magickally begins to weaken as the Sun rises farther in the South, each day growing shorter as the nights grow longer. The Goddess watches in sorrow, but she realizes that while the God is dying, He lives on inside Her as Her child. 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.
seven drops yellow food coloring
one cup Epsom Salt
one cup Sea Salt
one dram rose oil
one-half dram acacia oil
one-half dram spearmint oil
one teaspoon basil
one teaspoon vervain
one teaspoon blackberry leaves
one teaspoon rose petals
one teaspoon fenugreek
two teaspoons mint
three teaspoons dried oats
In a large mixing bowl blend together the dry ingredients. Afterwards, slowly add the liquid ingredients and blend well. Store in a tightly sealed mason jar. Bathe with this blend before any Lammas rite. This blend may also be employed during rites focused on attracting prosperity and wealth.
Lammas Magick Herbs and Roots
The following list of herbs and roots can be employed in spiritual rites focused on Lammas: Acacia, Apple leaf, Barley, Basil, Bee pollen, Bilberry leaf, Blackthorn, Blueberry leaf, Boneset, Caraway, Chamomile, Clover blossom, Comfrey, Corn, Elder, Eucalyptus,, Fenugreek, Frankincense, Garlic, Goldenrod, Grapevine, Hazelnut, Heather, Heliotrope, Holly, Hollyhock, Hops, Irish moss, Ivy, Juniper, Marigold, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Milkweed, Mint, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mushroom, Myrtle, Nasturtium, Oak, Oat, Onion, Passionflower, Peony, Poppy, Queen Anne’s Lace, Raspberry leaf, Rice, Rose, Rose hips, Rosemary, Rye, Safflower, Strawberry leaf, Sunflower, Thyme, Vervain, Wheat, Wood Aloes, Yarrow, Yellow Sandalwood
Lammas Magick Crystals and Stones
The following list of stones and crystals can be employed in spiritual rites focused on Lammas: Ametrine, Aventurine, Carnelian, Cat's-Eye, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Gold, Golden Topaz, Granite, Lodestone, Marble, Moss Agate, Obsidian, Opal, Peridot, Rhodochrosite, Sardonyx, Slate, Tigers Eye, Yellow Apatite, Yellow Aventurine
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