Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, is the first harvest sabbat in the Wheel of the Year. It occurs annually on August 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and on February 1st in the Southern Hemisphere. If you celebrate this festive of pagan holidays, you might be inclined to share the traditions with your coven, circle of friends, or even spiritual family members. Here we provide you with a quick reference that you can bookmark with the Lughnasadh symbols, Lughnasadh colors, crafts, and even Lughnasadh Tarot spreads. Be sure to save or pin this article to look at later!
First and foremost, Lughnasadh is the first harvest festival on the pagan or Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Many modern witches, Wiccans, and pagans celebrate this sabbat today, but indeed it has ancient origins. We believe Lughnasadh wasn’t just the first harvest festival in Celtic Ireland and other places, but that it was also the day to celebrate the Celtic sun god called Lugh. The name for the festival Lughnasadh translates to Lugh’s Assembly. It’s believed the people would offer some of the first crops harvested to the sun god in gratitude for his generosity. Lugh is a sun god and therefore linked to the harvest. Without the sun, there would be no harvest and people in times past would have died without it. You can learn more about how to celebrate Lughnasadh here. Surely you can incorporate the following Lughsnadh symbols, colors, etc. into your celebrations.
The symbols of Lughnasadh are fairly predictable. We have the SUN symbol, since this is the day to celebrate the sun god Lugh in all his glory. And because it’s the peak of the Summer season. We also have harvest symbols like Grain, Wheat, a Loaf of Bread, Blackberries, Corn, and Sunflowers. In addition, you’ll see the image of the Corn Dolly used quite a bit as a Lughnasadh symbol, since these dolls were traditionally made on this sabbat. As well as the symbol of a Mountain or Hill, Fire symbols, and more. You’ll see the traditional Lughnasadh symbol represented below but referred to as its other name “Lammas”.
Here are a few Lughnasadh symbols you can use on your altar and in your sabbat celebrations:
The colors of Lughnasadh evoke a fuzzy feeling of late Summer, days spent in the sun, blooming flowers, fields heavy with grain, passion and abundance. Decorate your Lughnasadh altar, feasting table, and your home in these first harvest shades. And adorn yourself too! Here are our favorite Lughnasadh colors to implement into your rituals and spells and their properties:
Some of us are crafty and enjoy making magical things with our hands, especially on the sabbats. There’s something entirely empowering about creating something ourselves that we then use in our magical workings and rituals. Also, I’d like to remind you all, you don’t have to be good at crafts or even make traditional items for Lughnasadh / Lammas. Create what you feel drawn to do. Spirit will let you know. Without further adieu, check out our favorite crafts for Lughnasadh:
Corn dollies are traditional on harvest sabbats. They represent the earth goddess’s bounty she’s bestowed upon us. To give thanks to the earth, make a corn dolly for your Lughnasadh craft. Here’s the directions.
Because Lughnasadh is a harvest sabbat, any craft representing harvested fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers is appropriate and festive. Making a cornucopia isn’t as difficult as it sounds. But first, what is a cornucopia? It is a symbol of the harvest – a large horn overflowing with fruits, vegetables, grains, and flowers. In the old days, the horn itself was a hollow goat horn or horn from some other animal. But today, you can literally find a basket shaped like a horn at a local craft store. Then fill it with freshly harvested gourds, corn husks, vegetables, fruits, and sunflowers. OR construct a cornucopia with nothing but faux flowers, veggies, etc. This way you can continue using this Lughnasadh craft in years to come.
If you live somewhere where blackberries grow, you’ll know how wonderful it is when they ripen on the vine in the Summer time. It doesn’t even matter if you cut your fingers on the thorny branches picking them. Those sweet, juicy little morsels scream Lughnasadh! to you and your family and friends. And what do you do with the extra berries if not making them into a pie? Ferment them and make them into blackberry wine. Wine is a traditional Lughnasadh beverage, and blackberries are also associated with this holiday. Put them together with this recipe from Practical Self Reliance. You’ll want to start this project a month or more prior to Lughnasadh. Then drink your blackberry wine with your Lughnasadh feast.
One of my favorite rituals on pretty much every sabbat is divination. I enjoy pulling Tarot cards, Oracle cards, runes, and scrying depending on the sabbat and my mood. According to Salem’s official witch Laurie Cabot, “Lughnasadh is a time when the symbolic aspects of the life-sustaining elements of grain spill over into every part of life.” So we consider crafting and reading Lughnasadh tarot spreads focused mainly on prosperity, fertility, renewel, and success. Try the following Lughnasadh tarot spreads and modify as needed:
There are specific symbols for each sabbat in the Wheel of the Year, and we were inspired by the Lughnasadh symbol in creating this Tarot spread for prosperity. Since Lughnasadh is a harvest festival, a big theme is bounty, reaping our rewards, and being prosperous. But how can we open those channels for more prosperous energy to flow in? That’s what this Lughnasadh tarot spread is for:
The sun is starting to descend into the Underworld on Lughnasadh. Which means this is a time when shadow work will begin and continue until the Winter Solstice (sometimes until Imbolc, it depends on the person). When we shine a light on our shadows and learn how to integrate them, we become renewed and refreshed. Here’s our favorite Lughnasadh tarot spread for renewal:
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