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Pagan Sabbats: Lammas correspondences

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Lammas falls on August 1st. This Pagan Sabbat is sometimes called Lughnasaad. Lammas is known as the first harvest festival. There are many activities, decorations, herbs, deities, colors, and other correspondences for this Sabbat. The information will help Bangor area Pagans celebrate Lammas.

Lammas activities

Cooking and canning are popular Lammas activities. Baking bread is a Lammas tradition. Canning vegetables, making vinegars, making jams, and making other foods that use berries are also good cooking activities for this Sabbat.

There are some popular crafts that many Pagans like to make on this day. Corn dollies, flower crowns, sun wheels, and smudge bundles are traditional Lammas crafts.

There are types of outing that can be attended on or around the Lammas Sabbat. Bangor area Pagans can attend county fairs and farmers markets. Trips to the ocean to collect magical items and crafting supplies are fun Lammas activities. Having or attending bonfires is another traditional way of celebrating this Sabbat. Visiting local fields would be a peaceful outing. Picking berries is another traditional Lammas activity.

Harvesting and gathering herbs, grains, and vegetables is also traditional. Gathering flowers for crafting and decoration is also popular. Always remember to give thanks for the year’s plentiful harvest.

Breaking bread with friends is another traditional Lammas activity.

Animals and mythological creatures

There are a few animals and mythical creatures that are associated with Lammas. The animals and creatures include that are linked with this Sabbat include; the basilisk, calves, centaurs, griffins, roosters, stags, and the phoenix.

Colors

Any color that can be seen outside in nature can be used during Lammas celebrations and rituals. These colors can also be used while decoration for the Sabbat. Common Lammas colors include; bronze, citrine, gold, gray, green, light brown, orange, red, and yellow.

Crystals and stones

There are several crystals and stones that are associated with Lammas. Amber, aventurine, brown agate, carnelian, citrine, clear quartz, golden topaz, leopard skin jasper, lodestone, marble, moss agate, obsidian, sardonyx, tiger’s eye, and tourmaline are linked to this Sabbat.

Deities

Any of the agricultural, grain, harvest, and solar deities can be honored on this day. Lammas Gods include; Andonis, Baal, Cernunnos, Dagon, Dionysus, Lahar, Liber, Lugh, Neper, Odin, Osiris, and Tammuz.

Goddess that can be honored on Lammas include; Alphito, Anat, Bastet, Ceres, Cerridwen, Demeter, Hathor, Ishtar, Isis, Libera, Luna, Rhiannon, and Sif.

Decorations and symbols

Decorating for Lammas is becoming more popular. The home, yard, and altar can be decorated with the symbols and colors of this Sabbat. Baskets filled with breads, candles, cauldrons, corn, cornucopias, corn dolls, dried herbs, garlic and onion braids, gourds, hay, sea shells, sheaves of grain, sunflowers and other flowers, suns, sun wheels, sickles, the scythe, threshing tools, and wheat stalks can all be used as decorations.

Foods

Feasting on food is a common Lammas tradition. Homemade breads made from corn or wheat is traditional. Fresh berries, jams, jellies, and berry pies and tarts are good to have on this day. Fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden are also customary foods. Honey and barley cakes, corn, potatoes, lamb, and cheese are also good foods to eat on this day.

Cider, ale, teas, and elderberry wine are traditional Lammas beverages.

Herbs, flowers, and trees

There are many herbs, flowers, and trees that are associated with the Lammas Sabbat. These can be used in incense, decoration, herb and smudge bundles, cooking, and for other purposes. Acacia flowers, aloe, ash, calendula, caraway, cedar, chamomile, clover blossom, comfrey, cumin, cyclamen, daisies, elder, fenugreek, frankincense, geranium, goldenrod, heather, hollyhock, Irish moss, ivy, juniper, marigold, meadow sweet, milkweed, myrtle, oak, rose, rosehips, rosemary, rosewood, safflower, sage, sandalwood, sunflower, thyme, Queen Anne’s lace, vervain, and yarrow are good Lammas herbs.

Incense and oils

There are some incense and oils that can be used for Lammas rituals or other purposes. Chamomile, frankincense, patchouli, rose, rosemary, safflower, and sandalwood are popular scents.

Spell work and rituals

Lammas is a good time for working weather spells. Spells and rituals associated with abundance, goal achievement, offering thanks, prosperity, purification, and success are common.

Symbolism

Lammas symbolisms include; abundance, fruitfulness, prosperity, purification, reverence, and transformation. The Bread of Life and The Table of Plenty are two traditional symbols of Lammas.

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