Lammas (also known as Lughnasadh) marks the height of Summer and falls between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and the Autumn Equinox (Mabon) each year. The festival is typically celebrated on the 1st/2nd August, but the energy of this period can be felt from mid-July to mid-August.
Traditionally Lammas marked the beginning of the harvest. Corn, Wheat and other grains have reached maturity and stand golden in the fields awaiting their harvest. Seeds and fruits are ripening. This is a time of abundance, gathering and taking stock of the year thus far.
There are many ways to connect with the energy of the season, some ideas can be seen in our Lammas card above, but I would also encourage you to follow any ways you feel drawn to celebrate.
I have been finding myself drawn to the following rituals this year:
Taking a walk out in the countryside. Observing the now golden hues of the fields, some have already been harvested. This makes me reflect on the cycle of growth, the seeds that come to fruition; those that don’t and the ones that will be saved for next year.
Watching the beautiful colours of the sunset, each different, vibrant and grounding at the end of the day.
Gathering herbs. Mint in particularly is associated with this season. A few sprigs of fresh mint in just boiled water makes a refreshing and soothing tea. This tea can also be added into a bowl of cool water for a foot soak on hot days.
Wishing you all a blessed Lammas season, as always we would love to hear how you will be marking the season.
Nicola and Chris x
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