On or around July 31st Northern Hemisphere, around February 2nd Southern Hemisphere
The Sabbat Lughnasadh, known also as Lammas, is named for Lugh - Celtic God of light and fire, and marks the decline of summer and first harvest of the grain. The Sun's strength wanes, and the plants of spring now start to wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use, as well as to ensure future crops. As legend tells, John Barleycorn or the God of Grain, sacrificed himself to ensure there would be enough food throughout the winter. Here we give thanks for the abundance of summer's bounty, at the very time we feel an urgency to prepare for the hard months ahead.
Corn dollies, Sun Wheels, hay, gourds, cornucopia, sunflowers, garlic braids, onion braids, sheaves of grain, corn, the Sun
Breads, salads, apples, corn, grains, elderberry wine, blackberry pies and jellies, meadowsweet tea, potatoes, summer squash, cider, berries, roasted lamb
Plants & herbs
Acacia, ash, camphor, caraway, corn stalks, fern, geranium, heather, hollyhock, juniper, mandrake, marjoram, myrtle, oak leaf, thyme, sunflowers, wheat
Incense and oils
Allspice, chamomile, carnation, eucalyptus, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, safflower, passionflower, sandalwood, aloe, rose hips, rose, wood aloes
Aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds
Animals and mythical beasts
Roosters, calves, the Phoenix, griffins, basilisk, centaurs
games, country fairs, farmers' markets, craft fairs, making corn dollies, baking bread, gathering fruits, visits to fields, orchards, canning, harvesting herbs, making oils and vinegars.
Offering thanks, prosperity, abundance, continued success, achieving goals
All grain, agriculture, and mother Goddesses; Alphito, Ashnan, Bast, Bau, Ceres, Dana, Demeter, Gaia, Ishtar, Isis, Libera, Luna, Persephone, Rhiannon, Robigo, Tailtiu
All grain, agriculture, Sun, and father Gods; Cernunnos, Dagon, Dionysus, John Barleycorn, Lahar, Liber, Llew, Lugh, Neper, Ningirsu/Ninurta, Odin, Osiris
Sacrificial Gods giving their lives to ensure prosperity of people and lands.
Michele Morgan, Simple Wicca
When the Northern Hemisphere observes Lughnasadh, many in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing Imbolc.