Although in recent tradition, Lughnasadh
or Lammas is celebrated on or near August 1st, astrologically
it is marked by 15º Leo. Some years it has fallen on August
8th, representing the 1/2-way point between the Summer Solstice
and Fall Equinox. Traditionally this Celtic ritual celebration
was at sundown on July 31st.
Working with the rhythms of nature, this is a very good time to
initiate closure on areas of life that are winding down. Whether
a project has been successful or not, this will be the time to
bring about its ending, if that's what needs to happen. This will
help to clear the decks for your new good to enter your life.
Additionally, this is a fine time to release whatever negative
influences may surround you.
The next part of this ritual is about the idea of plenty, honoring
the Wheel of Fortune tarot card that has as one of its corners,
the Lion, and the sign of Leo that we're now in. Prosperity and
abundance are the experience of a successful harvest, and we are
looking forward to more.
Fruits and vegetables of the season are recommended, especially
those of a sunny color, e.g., corn, apricots, yellow tomatoes,
etc. Also, grains are part of the Lammas tradition, and you may
use corn meal, wheat, or simply have your loaf of bread for your
altar. Cornbread or something special from your local bakery will
You may wish to prepare a corn dolly, and to use corn meal to
outline the perimeter of your circle. A yellow altar cloth is
suggested and incenses you may wish to use are Aloes, rose and
sandalwood, in keeping with the season. A yellow candle for the
altar is recommended. A variety of coins and bills of different
denominations may be gathered as well.
Cast your circle in the usual way, making certain to ground and
center yourself within it.
The basic ritual follows. There are both releasing and prosperity
affirmations for each sign that are listed below the ritual. If
you know your rising sign, you may affirm that as well. Celebrate
the end of the ritual with your bread, fruits and drink.
Glorious Lord of the Sun
Teach me the acceptance of your seasons
Aid me in releasing what is no longer for my highest good.
Help me to bring to completion that which needs to be over in
I sacrifice the old in order to make room for the new.
your corn dolly, and recite the releasing affirmation for your
Goddess of the Moon
Sensitive reflection of my soul
Show me the true wealth that lies within me.
Open me to the overflowing abundance that is rightfully mine.
(Take a bite of your bread and recite the prosperity affirmation
for your sign.)
I give thanks oh mighty Goddess and God
My prayers are answered.
I go in joy and fulfillment.
for Each Sign:
I let go of the false images of the past which have held me
enthralled. Meaningless ego is left behind me, and deep, personal
authenticity is all that is here now.
I am fulfilled and secure, knowing that I am perfectly protected
at all times. My good is here with me, now fully revealed.
No longer am I held down by the opinions of others, no longer
can outside authority determine my beliefs.
New vistas are open to me now, and I expand my world with
courage and determination. More comes to me as I easily give more
to my world.
Deeply held habit patterns, fixations
and obsessions no longer have any hold over me. I am free.
I successfully provide for myself in every way. I have control
over my own resources.
I no longer base my life on who I can please. I release the
need for approval, thus no longer giving up my power to others.
I accept the wholeness that is me, mind, body and spirit.
I know that within me is the potential for anything I could ever
need or want.
False pride and overweening ego no longer exist to keep me
from my good.
I am inspired to create in abundance and joy. Nothing can
Letting go of the obsession for meaningless details, I open
my eyes to the perfection of life.
I accept the bounty of existence, understanding that it is
for me and entrusted to me.
No longer is the pain of discord part of my life. Harmony
naturally follows in all that I do and say.
I am prospered through all of my connections in the world.
I know that only good can come to me.
There no longer is a need for opposition anywhere in my psyche.
I put all of that aside.
My expectations are fulfilled, my plans have succeeded. I
I release any attachment to false ego and repressed feelings.
My heart is open and welcoming.
I now connect with the abundance that has always been right
where I am, but which I have rarely seen. I know now that it is
Behavior patterns which no longer serve me and that actually
are holding me back are released from my life. I connect with
reality as it is.
As I open myself to a clear perception of life in present
time, the prosperity I have missed now rushes in to me.
Previously hidden fears and over-cautiousness now rise up
and disappear forever. These unseen enemies no longer haunt my
My joy in service and creative functioning brings me the opportunities
I have desired. My choices are infinite.
The old and tired visions that no longer serve me are allowed
to leave my consciousness now.
I see my world and my inner worlds in a whole new light. Creativity
and joy are mine to express abundantly.