This festival has two aspects. First, it is one of the Celtic fire festivals, honoring the Celtic culture-bringer Lugh (Lleu to the Welsh, Lugus to the Gauls). In Ireland, races and games were held in his name and that of his mother, Tailtiu (these may have been funeral games).Second, the holiday is the Saxon Feast of Bread, at which the first of the grain harvest is consumed in ritual loaves. These aspects are not too dissimilar, as the shamanic death and transformation of Lleu can be compared to that of the Barley God, known from the folksong "John Barleycorn."Lammas celebrates the first of three harvest celebrations in the Craft. It marks thebeginning of autumn, the start of the harvest cycle, and relies on the early crops of ripening grain and any fruits and vegetables ready to be harvested.
It is associated with bread because grain is one of the first crops harvested.
Those in the
Craft often give thanks and honor now to gods and goddesses of the
harvest, as well as those who represent death and resurrection.
Symbols: All grains,
especially corn and wheat, corn dollies, sun wheels, bread, harvesting
and threshing tools and the harvest full moon. Altar decorations might
include corn dollies or kirn babies (corncob dolls) to symbolize the
Mother Goddess of the Harvest. Other appropriate decorations include
summer flowers and grains. You might also wish to have a loaf of whole
cracked wheat or multigrain breadupon the altar, baked in the shape of
Gemstones: Yellow diamonds, aventurine, sardonyx, peridot and citrine.
Herbs: Acacia flowers,
aloes, chamomile, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, frankincense,
heather, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, passionflower, rose, rose hips,
rosemary, sandalwood, sunflowers and wheat.
Gods and goddesses: Lugh,
Thor, John Barleycorn (the personification of malt liquor), Demeter,
Danu, Ceres, sun gods, corn mothers, all grain and agriculture deities,
mother goddesses and father gods.
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