The Sabbats: Lammas

Lammas occurs on August 2nd and is the first of three Wiccan harvest celebrations. It represents the beginning of the harvest cycle. In western paganism it is a grain festival which is sometimes called the sabbat of the First Fruits. Lammas honours the Celtic God Lugh and it is possible that it may have some association with the Roman Moon Goddess, Luna. Lugh was a God of harvest, fire, light and sun. Lugh’s sacrificial death and rebirth as a sheaf of grain is often re-enacted on Lammas. Other rituals on this sabbat contain enactments of growth, birth, honour, and thanks to the Goddess.

The Sabbats in order: Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon.

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