Lammas, Lughnasadh, First Harvest


The time between July 31st and August 2nd is called many things by different people. Whatever you refer to it as it is a fun time to celebrate the beginning of the harvest. It is the start of the descent into the dark months. It is a time to reflect on what you have done so far this year.


What seeds did you plant at the beginning of the year?


Have you nurtured those goals and intentions? If there are things that are not working for you, let them go. Focus on what goals will work and pour your heart into them. This is a time to take stock of what you have, what you don’t need and what still needs to be done before the winter.


It is also a time to be thankful.


Thankful for the abundance we have and that we are harvesting in our lives. Even if we are struggling, there is always something to be thankful for. Focus on those instead of focusing on what we don’t have.


Now on to the fun stuff.


Here is a list of activities we will be doing depending on time, weather and let’s be honest, mamas energy level.


  • In the morning, we will be baking a loaf of yeast bread. You could also make corn bread. Whatever works for your family. We will mix it all up and allow it to rise while we take a walk.
  • Take a walk in nature. We will collect some new objects for our nature table to reflect where we are in the season. We will be making our nature table into an altar for the time being.
  • Make up the nature table/altar. We will use items we collected on our walk. Also, ivy from the garden, orange and yellow candles, dried herbs {meadowsweet, sage, mint, calendula, willow and yarrow} and some seasonal fruits and veggies.
  • Make orange candles. Super simple! Get a large naval orange, cut off the top 1/3 of the orange, scoop out the insides like a pumpkin, place a votive candle inside. Viola!
  • We don’t have a garden to harvest so I will be taking the boys to a local farm to pick berries. This will include a lesson in planting, growing and harvesting our foods.
  • We will tell stories and listen to some songs. I will tell the story of the Queen Bee. You can find a copy here of the story. We also will listen to the song Sun King. You can find the lyrics and a video here.
  • We will be gathering items to donate to local food banks and charities. Anything is helpful. Food, clothing, books, toys. Also remember, kids are getting ready to go back to school and many kids need supplies they cannot afford.
  • Feast for dinner! We will be eating the bread we baked earlier in the day. We will have fried chicken, grilled vegetables, corn on the cob and a berry dessert. Grown ups will have some yummy mead. Kids will have fresh apple juice. We will use our orange candles for the table.
  • Before bedtime, we will leave a plate of offerings and some mead for the yard and garden spirits.

We hope you have a Blessed Lammas/ Lughnasadh/ First Harvest!


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