Lammas is the first of the 3 harvest ritual, It represents the time of the grain harvest and the fattening of animals for fall butchering. The Goddess plays the role of the of strength at this time of year, she continues to strengthen as the god’s strength starts decreasing as the day continue to shorten. Usually this time of year is a time of easy living, the crops are growing without much work, the fruit trees are starting to form their fall fruits, and baby animal continue to grow and slowly no longer need mom as she fattens for the next offspring. Although the days are still hot and the humidity is still high, its time to think about what will need to be put away this fall to make it through the winter. Grain is very important at this harvest as winter wheat is one of the first crops that is harvested. Also fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are being harvested and stored and jams and jellies are being made and gardens are starting to produce and either canning is starting or will be very soon
For this ritual lets start by decorating our altars with items of the season. May I suggest, grain and or bread. Let also put on the alter and items from the garden that you may have ready, tomatoes, peppers, and maybe some pretty flowers that you have available. Also please add a candle red, yellow or orange. This can be used to represent the goddesses or you can just have it on the altar ass an add on. Don’t forget to have something for each of the cardinal direction and either something that represents the god or something that represents the god that you are working with
Then you will need a way to cleanse the area such as sage or something of your choice to cleanse the altar. A glass of ritual wine or cider is always a welcome addition to the altar also.
Cast your circle
Now is the time to cast a circle for our protection and to strengthen the ritual. We will walk 3 times in a clockwise direction. We will start in the north with the first stop being east, I will stop and say element of air we welcome you to our circle, then south element of fire we welcome you to our circle, west element of water we welcome you to our circle, finally north earth we welcome you to our circle, as I go around the second time I will once again stop at the east and say watch tower of the east we welcome you to our circle and ask for your protection, stop at the east and say watch tower of the east we welcome you to our circle and ask for your protection, I will then stop at the south and say watch tower of the south we welcome you to our circle and ask for your protection, stop at the west and say watch tower of the west we welcome you to our circle and ask for your protection, and finally I will stop again at the north and say watch tower of the north we welcome you to our circle and ask for your protection Once this is done I will make one more rotation saying what is above is below, what is to the right is to the left, the circle is formed for our strength and protection may what we make here never be unbroken
Begin Your Ritual
Once the circle is cast I will say: Borrowed from
The Wheel of the Year has turned once more,
and the harvest will soon be upon us.
We have food on our tables, and
the soil is fertile.
Nature’s bounty, the gift of the earth,
gives us reasons to be thankful.
Mother of the Harvest, with your sickle and basket,
bless me with abundance and plenty.
Hold the stalks of wheat before you, or the bread and think about what they symbolize: the power of the earth, the coming winter, the necessity of planning ahead. What do you need help planning right now? Are there sacrifices you should be making in the present that will be reaped in the future?
Rub the stalks between your fingers so a few grains of wheat fall upon the altar or a bit of the bread. Then scatter them on the ground as a gift to the earth. If you’re inside, leave them on the altar for now–you can always take them outside later. Say:
The power of the Harvest is within me.
As the seed falls to the earth and is reborn each year,
I too grow as the seasons change.
As the grain takes root in the fertile soil,
I too will find my roots and develop.
As the smallest seed blooms into a mighty stalk,
I too will bloom where I landed.
As the wheat is harvested and saved for winter,
I too will set aside that which I can use later.
Tear off a piece of the bread. If you’re performing this ritual as a group, pass the loaf around the circle so that each person present can take off a small chunk of bread. As each person passes the bread, they should say:
I pass to you this gift of the first harvest.
When everyone has a piece of bread, say:
The bounty is here for all of us, and we are so blessed.
Everyone eats their bread together. If you have ritual wine, pass it around the circle for people to wash the bread down.
Wrapping Things Up
Once everyone has finished their bread, take a moment to meditate on the cycle of rebirth and how it applies to your own life–physically, emotionally, spiritually.
It is now time to dismiss the circle, once again I will start in the north and walk in a counter clock wise manner, the first time will be stopping at the the quarters to call in the watch towers, “to the watchtower of the west we thank you for being with us today you are free to leave if you wish, to the watchtower of the south we thank you for being with us today you are free to leave if you wish, to the watchtower of the east we thank you for being with us today you are free to leave if you wish to the watchtower of the north we thank you for being with us today you are free to leave if you wish The second time around I will once again stop at each of the cardinal direction and say the element of water thank you for being with us today and you may leave if you wish the element of fire thank you for being with us today and you may leave if you wish the element of air thank you for being with us today and you may leave if you wish the element of earth thank you for being with us today and you may leave if you wish. I will then walk around the circle one last time saying the circle is now open but remains unbroken, may the good work that we do here continue in the future and may we all go and do no harm. I will then stop at the north point and take any extra energy and release it into the earth to help mother Gaia heal.