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It’s Lughnasadh time! That period of the year we bake a lot! If you’re looking for some inspiration to celebrate this Pagan celebration, you’re in the right place. Each Lughnasadh Ritual celebrates the vital energy of the Sun God, the harvest and life. It also celebrates the necessary sacrifice as the cycle of birth and rebirth stage. Learn in this post how to celebrate Lughnasadh (or Lammas)!
The rituals presented here were taken from the book “Wicca, A Religião da Deusa” by Claudiney Prieto, with adaptations.
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Lughnasadh Ritual: Making a Spell Bottle
For this Lughnasadh ritual, it is necessary to make a Spell Bottle. Spell Bottles, also known as Witches’ Bottles, had been used in England and in the United States since 1600 at least. They were originally created to destroy negative magical power or to launch a counterspell to the creator of another bottle. Bottles of this type are still being used.
Spell Bottles are also made for a variety of purposes and can be used in several different cases. Some are buried or hidden while others are placed by the windows of the houses or other prominent places. All of this symbolises the concentration of energy created for specific magical purposes.
One of the best times to make Spell Bottles is during the Lughnasadh Sabbat, but they can also be made at any other time of the year. Different ingredients are used for each purpose, so we will not give any ready-made recipes here. You can mix herbs, stones, colours, essences, and objects that may relate to each other to strengthen your Bottle.
Use your intuition to create your Spell Bottle with the intention of thanking the sacrifice of the Sun God in the name of prosperity and life. Save it until the next Lughnasadh Sabbat when you can bury it and create another.
If you wish, here you can find a recipe for a Spell Bottle for protection.
Lughnasadh Ritual: Making the Bread of Lammas
The preparation of this Lughnasadh ritual begins four days before the ceremony.
Put into a bowl: grains of barley (representing the white colour), wheat (representing the red colour – in case you are allergic use the grain that is usually used as an alternative) and rye (representing the black colour) and leave on your altar by your chalice. Make a list of the good things you have received during the coming year and thank asking for multiplication of the good things in next year.
Take a pinch of each of the three grains and offer them to the 3 faces of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Elder. Thank each one of them and declare your willingness to see blessings multiplied in the upcoming year.
For three days, pour water over the seeds, draining it day and night and wait for them to sprout. A day before the Lughnasadh Sabbat, place your bowl in the Sun, so the seed sprouts will begin to germinate. They will be used in the preparation of the Bread of Lammas.
Start making the bread on the Sabbat day.
Put in a bowl:
- half a tea cup of oatmeal;
- half a tea cup of cooked corn;
- two tea cups of cold water;
- a tablespoon of salt.
Cook it for five minutes until it becomes a porridge. Add two tablespoons of butter and half a tea cup of corn syrup (to make a dark bread) or honey (to make a light bread). Let it cool aside.
Dissolve one tablespoon of sugar in half a tea cup of water. Spray a spoonful of dry yeast in the water. Let it rest for ten minutes, then.
When the yeast is like a soft cover over the water, quickly stir it with a fork to blend. Add to the porridge two and a half tea cups of wheat flour and stir.
Mix vigorously for five minutes. Add the grains. Add two and a half more tea cups of wheat flour.
Turn the dough over a surface sprinkled with flour. Add another cup of flour if the dough is sticky. Sing appropriate songs or something cheerful as you knead the dough and meditate thanking the harvest of the year.
Mold the dough forming a smooth ball and place it in a greased bowl with butter. Cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let the dough rise and double in volume; this takes from an hour and a half to two hours.
Divide the dough into five equal parts. Knead each part and turn into long rolls. Trance the five rolls together and brush with melted butter. If desired, you can trace magic symbols on the dough bread with a sharp knife.
Let it grow under the damp towel for another 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
As you eat the bread in the Lughnasadh Ritual, meditate on the gifts you have received.
For this Lughnasadh Ritual you will need:
- 1 Bread (Loaf of)
- 1 Goblet with Wine;
- 1 Stuffed cloth doll;
- Branches of wheat;
- 4 brown candles;
- 4 orange candles;
- 1 Cauldron;
- Some Grain alcohol;
- Some Saffron.
Surround your cauldron with the four brown candles, interspersing them with the four orange candles. Garnish your altar with the branches of wheat and place the bread over it. Draw the magic circle and say:
Today is the time to celebrate the first harvest. The Sun God has brought us abundance. The Mother Goddess gave us the seeds. I celebrate the bread of life that sustains us all. Blessed be the abundance of the Earth.
Light the candles, thanking the Gods for all the gifts provided so far.
Take the doll and with it in your hands make your requests. Take three turns around the circle and at the end of the third turn place the doll in your cauldron. Sprinkle some saffron on it and spill some alcohol as well. Set fire to the cauldron while saying:
The Grain God sacrifices himself to feed us and bring his people life.
But in every seed there is the promise of rebirth.
Blessed be the mystery of life present in every seed.
Raise the chalice and say:
I drink this wine in honor to the God of abundance, to the reborn grain, and to the Goddess of the harvest, the maintainer of life.
Make a libation (offering the wine in honour to the Gods) and eat a piece of bread, thanking for all the benefits you have achieved. Dance and sing in honour to the Gods.
Undo the circle.
The Wheel of the Year and the Sabbats
You can also read about how to celebrate the other Sabbats which are part of the Wheel of the Year:
- Samhain ritual
- Yule ritual
- Imbolc ritual
- Ostara ritual
- Beltane ritual
- Litha ritual
- Lughnasadh ritual (you are here :D)
- Mabon ritual