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for Lammas - the Feast of bread


Lammas


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Lammas
(Lughnasadh, Feast of Bread)

Once more the Wheel turns to bring Lammas, the first of three harvest holidays. Often known as the "Feast of Bread", this celebration brings the god in his aspect of the Harvest King along with the goddess, now full with child in her aspect of Mother (just as the fields and trees are full with ripening bounty) to the season of harvest. As the first blows are struck to bring in the harvest, so does the Harvest King begin to weaken, to wane, and eventually to sacrifice himself for the continued good of the land.

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LAMMAS
(Lugnasadh, Feast of Bread, Harvest Home)

A sabbat of attunement with the elements which make the harvest and the continued survival of the community possible.

Wheel Legend: The Sun King sacrifices himself for the benefit of the community.

Purpose: To celebrate the sacrifice of King Harvest, lay fear to rest, and empower hope for the future.

Needful Things: A crumbly cracker to represent your fear. A piece of bread spread with honey to represent your hope. Earth and Salt to bury your fear. A tea candle for your cauldron. A food Shelf Coupon to seal your own sacrifice to benefit the community. Harvest flowers and blossoms for decorating.

Decorations: Red, Yellow, and Gold. The Rich Full Colors of Harvest.

Cleanse: With simple oatmeal soap.

Quarters and Aspects: Those aspects associated with harvest and the abundance of growth.

Hearthkeeping matters: Bury the fear cracker stub off of your property. If you have made offerings to the quarters, pour them out onto bare earth or release them into running water.

Here is an example of a ritual you may use in your own Lammas observance

Shield Envision a rich golden aura suitable to harvest.

"Protect this child and guard her aim
from any evil, harm, or bane."

Center When ready, step into your ritual space.

Cast Circle Envision the same golden aura that formed your shield at the tip of your hand, wand, or athame as you cast from your projective hand beginning at the southern quarter and moving deosil (clockwise).

"The Harvest King a sacrifice
who bears with him our deepest fear.
Now willingly he pays the price
so all survive another year."

Call Quarters Facing south

"Heat of the warming sun
ripening the grain.
Be with me now,
I harvest Hope.
Welcome Spirit of the flame."

light the red candle.

Call Quarters Facing west

"River, giver of life,
flow gently through the plains.
Be with me now,
I harvest Hope.
Welcome Spirit of the rain."

light the blue candle.

Call Quarters Facing north

"Rich abundant valleys
bring life to every home.
Be with me now,
I harvest Hope.
Welcome Spirit of the stone."

light the green candle.

Call Quarters facing east

"Cloudless skies of summer,
Warm, and bright, and fair.
Be with me now,
I harvest Hope.
Welcome Spirit of the air."

light the yellow candle.

Invoke the Sun raising projective hand in the symbol of the sun (first finger and Little finger extended, like horns, other fingers folded beneath thumb)

"I honor now the Harvest King,
his sacrifice,
the life he brings.
Be with me now,
I harvest Hope.
Fear is undone.
Welcome the sun."

light the gold candle

Invoke the Moon raising receptive hand in the symbol of the moon (hold your whole hand in a "c" shape like the crescent moon)

"I honor now the Mother Queen,
her seed of life,
and future dreams.
I harvest Hope,
in fullest bloom.
Release my fears.
Welcome the moon."

light the silver candle

Invoke your Guardian tracing a pentagram in the air before you with your hand, wand, or athame

"Spirit within me, empower me as I begin to harvest hope and banish fear.
The turning of the wheel draws near,
and I prepare,
to care
for those I love.
My hands in yours.
Your heart in mine.
Be with me now."

light the incense

Complete the circle with your purpose sit or stand as you please

"The circle is cast and we stand between the worlds,
beyond the bounds of time.
Pain and pleasure,
dark and light,
loss and treasure,
death and life
meet here as one.
Blessed be.

I come now between the worlds to celebrate the harvest, and to honor the sacrifice of the Harvest King by sacrificing of myself to secure the survival of my community with this turn of he wheel."

Light the Cauldron candle and focus on it as you meditate upon your fear. Listen to the voice of the Harvest King as he asks you to name your deepest fear for your family/community.

"He would ease my pain.
He would have me name
my fear."

Take up the cracker and name it with your fear.

"I am (say your name) and you are my fear.
You are (name your fear)."

Visualize your fear fully, pour it into the cracker, feel it building as you listen to the reassuring voice of the Harvest King asking you to release your fear to him so that he may bear it away from you. Feel the fear leave you as it is drawn into the cracker. Now prepare the cracker to be buried wrapping it in sand and salt.

"This fear passes from me and mine.
It is gone."

Thank the Harvest King for his sacrifice by matching it with one of your own.

"I am (say your name), and like the Harvest King I sacrifice this so that others of my community may benefit."

Take the symbol of your sacrifice and place it before the cauldron candle. Now take up the Honey Bread representing continued survival and hope.

"Behold the grain of life, and the Hope it bears."

While eating this bread, let the sweetness of the honey, like the sweetness of hope, infuse and empower you.

"I am (say your name) and it is my will to (name your desire)."

Let this power build as you envision your hope for your family/community. Release this power naming your future hope.

"Now it is done with no reverse
to Bring upon me any curse."

Ground (touch something from the earth with your projective hand, or just feel the excess energy drain from your body back through your feet to replenish the earth below you)

Simple Feast from whatever summer bounty is available and freshest. Make liquid offerings to the elements

Thank the Guardian Make the sign of the pentagram with smoke from the incense stick (if it is still burning) or trace it in the air before you with your wand, or hand

"Spirit within my spirit,
my thanks for the blessing of your attendance at my simple and solitary rite.
Stay or go as you shall please.
Hail and farewell."

Thank the Moon raising your receptive hand in the symbol of the moon (hold your whole hand in a "c" shape like the crescent moon)

"Harvest Queen and Mother,
my thanks for the blessing of your attendance.
Stay or go as you shall please.
Hail and farewell."

quench the silver candle

Thank the Sun raising your projective hand in the symbol of the sun (first finger and Little finger extended, like horns, other fingers folded beneath thumb)

"Benevolent Harvest King,
my thanks for the blessing of your attendance.
Stay or go as you shall please.
Hail and farewell."

quench the gold candle

Thank the Quarters taking the appropriate positions as you thank and release them and quench their candles as you bid them farewell.

"Spirit of Air and cloudless sky.
Spirit of Earth and mountain stone.
Spirit of Water and rivers of life.
Spirit of Fire and hearth-warmed home.
My thanks for your attending me.
Stay or go as you shall please.
Hail and farewell, and blessed be."

Release the Circle beginning at the Southern quarter and moving widdershins (counterclockwise) draw the energy into your receptive hand, wand or athame. When you have finished re-calling the energy, compress it into a little version of the golden aura you started with in your receptive hand and absorb it into your body.

"The circle is open,
yet still unbroken.
Merry met, and merry part, and merry meet again."

Ground (touch something from the earth with your projective hand, or just feel the excess energy drain from your body back through your feet to replenish the earth below you)





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