Lammas

Needed:

  • Incense
  • Burner
  • Chalice of water
  • Salt
  • Pentacle
  • Dagger
  • 4 element candles
  • Chalice of wine
  • Wand
  • Plate of bread
  • Cauldron with orange or yellow candle in it
  • Fall flowers, ivy and leaves for decoration

Special Notes: The turning point in Mother Earth’s year; a Harvest festival in the northern lands. The waning God and waxing Goddess. Spell work for good fortune and abundance is especially appropriate.

Cast the Circle.

Light the cauldron candle, say:
“O Ancient Gods of the Celts, I do ask your presence here.
For this is a time that is not a time,
in a place that is not a place, on a day that is not a day,
and I await you.”

Set plate of bread on the pentacle. Stand still and breathe deeply for a few moments. Concentrate on the cleansing power of the breath of air when you feel ready say:
“I have purified myself by breathing in the life force
of the universe and expelling all evil from me.”

Lift plate of bread high, then set it back on the altar.
“I know that every seed, every grain is a record of ancient time,
and a promise to all of what shall be.
This bread represents life eternal
through the cauldron of the Triple Goddess.”

Eat a piece of bread, put wine chalice on pentacle, lift it high, then set on altar.
“As the grape undergoes change to become wine,
so by the sacred cauldron of life shall I undergo change.
And as this wine can give man enchantment of the divine
or sink him to the lower realms,
so I do realize that all humans rise or fall
according to their own strength and will.”

Drink some wine, say:
“As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
and a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
that this season of waning light
and increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!”

Put some wine out for the little people or give it to the Earth

Continue on with The Simple Feast and Closing the Circle.