Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)
There are a lot of myths and folklore surrounding Lammas, or Lughnasadh. Learn about some of the stories about this magical harvest Sabbat!
Deities of the Fields
In nearly every ancient culture, Lammas was a time of celebration of the agricultural significance of the season. Because of this, it was also a time when many gods and goddesses were honored. Meet some of the many deities who are connected with the early harvest season.
Spirit of the Grain - Honoring the Soul of the Harvest
The idea of honoring a "corn mother" at Lammas time is hardly a European invention. Cultures around the world have long celebrated the spirit embodied in the harvested crops each autumn.
The Legend of John Barleycorn
A traditional English harvest legend is the story of John Barleycorn, whose tale is a metaphor for the cycle of grain, and includes birth, suffering, death and eventual rebirth.
Country Fairs and Harvest Celebrations
Around Lammas, country fairs and other early harvest celebrations became a popular custom. Find out how and why this late summer Sabbat was celebrated in rural areas.
The Final Sheaf
In many countries, the harvesting of the final sheaf of grain was cause for celebration. Find out why this Lughnasadh tradition was so special in the countries of the British Isles.
What was the Vulcanalia?
In ancient Rome, every August 23 was the celebration of Vulcan (or Volcanus) the god of fire and volcanoes. He was honored with sacrifices in hopes of protecting the city from devastating fire. Learn more about this ancient celebration, and how you can incorporate it into your summer celebrations.
Legends and Folklore of Bread
Did you know that there are number of folktales and legends surrounding bread? During the Lammas season, when grain is being harvested and threshed, take advantage of some of the magical aspects of bread.
The Magic of Corn
Corn is a grain that has been part of our diet for thousands of years. Because it's so hardy and versatile, there have been numerous legends, myths and folktales surrounding its planting, cultivation, and harvest.