Here in the southern hemisphere we celebrate Lammas on the 1st of February. It is the first of the 3 harvest fall festivals and a time of celebration and gratitude. Traditionally it was when the first loaf of bread from the season was broken and shared. The name Lammas derives from the Old English hlaf-Mas, which means “bread feast”.
It was a festival to celebrate the bounty of crops harvested, particularly grains and cereals and an acknowledgment of all the hard work that went into it. A time to show gratitude to mother nature and give thanks for all their blessings. It was a very social festival, the community would gather and feast, break bread and connect.
Lammas is also a day to honour the sun. Decorate your altar with warm tones of orange, gold and yellow for some sunshine energy and light some candles to represent the sun. We will be adding some citrine for abundance and sunstone for happiness to ours for some extra crystal magic.
It is a day to recognise your achievements from the past year and plant the seeds of your dreams for the year to come. We recommend spending some time in the kitchen baking some yummy treats to share with your loved ones while giving thanks. Blessed Lammas magic makers, may your harvest be bountiful.
Words: Beth Youngberry