Sunset 31st July
Traditional date 1st August
Old Lammas 6th August
In Britain witches refer to this astrological date 6th August, known as Old Lammas. Which is considered a power point of the Zodiac, which is symbolised by a Lion.
Lughnasadh marks the beginning of the (grain) harvest season. At this time we give thanks to the Earth for its bounty. Festivities and Rituals center on the assurance of a bountiful harvest and to celebrate the harvest cycle.
Witches though at this time give thanks to the Goddess, bake bread, and place ears of corn, grain, corn dollies, bread on our altars. This is a time also when the Sun God is beginning to lose his virility and as the days start to get shorter the Sun God begins to age and decline.
This is a time of farewells, justice spells, spells for abundance are appropriate now, to dismiss regrets and prepare for Winter. A good time for grounding meditations and prosperity magick.
Lughnasadh (Loo-nus-uh) named in honour of the Celtic god Lugh (Sun-God) of Celtic mythology. The name Lugh means ‘shining’ or ‘light’. Lugh is a Celtic fire and light god.
Lugh’s foster mother was from an older race known as the ‘Fir Bolg’. Who were conquered by the Tuatha De Danann of Ireland. According to legend Lugh decreed that a commemorative feast be held at the beginning of the harvest season each year in honour of his foster mother, Tailtiu. Tailtui being a royal lady of the Fir Bolg who were defeated by the Tuatha De Danann. Tailtui was obliged by the Tuatha De Danann to make clear a vast forest so that grain could be planted for them. As a result of this exhausting work she died, and legend says that she was buried under a large mound which was named after her…’The Hill of Tailtui’. The hill of Tailtui was where the first Lughnasadh was held in Ireland. Where many folk gathered to feast, take part in games and contests of skill.
Some ideas to celebrate this time are to perform ritual. Share your harvest with others, bake bread, pick fruits from your garden if you have one and share some of your harvest with your neighbours. Visiting places such as orchards, lakes and wells at this time is also traditional.