Barley ready for harvest

August 1st. Lammas is a Pagan holiday to celebrate the harvest. It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess. After the God lay with the Goddess on Beltane she became pregnant with the harvest to come. Lammas is the celebration of this first grain harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance.

The fields are now glowing gold with corn and wheat and the reaping will soon begin. The harvest period will continue until Samhain when the last stores for the winter months would be put away.

The word Lammas actually means 'Loaf Mas' to celebrate the harvest it is traditional to cook and eat bread. It is also traditional to make a corn dolly for protection throughout the winter months and to bring luck to the home.

Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh as it celebrates the Celtic Sun God Lugh. Lammas is primarily a thanksgiving holiday, when each person gives thanks for the things and blessings in their lives and to thank the God and Goddess for the harvest to come.

Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne'er fail in old Scotland!

Traditional Scottish poem