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Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh is the festival of Lugh, and is celebrated under many names by many religions with the common theme of giving thanks for the first fruits of the summer, honouring the deity/deities associated with the abundance of the Earth, feasting and sharing. It marks the middle of summer and the start of the harvest season, the first of the three Harvest festivals. The Sun God is beginning to wane and we reap the gift of his energy in our crops, we acknowledge the sacrifice of the Sun God as he prepares for his retreat & subsequent rebirth that the cycle may begin anew. This is a time of honouring the Mother Goddess and giving thanks for the first fruits of the year. This is a time of abundance, fertility and bounty, a time of thanksgiving and symbolic sacrifice and offerings to ensure the continuation of bountiful harvests.

Lammas Correspondences:

· Focus: Fruitfulness, reaping, prosperity, reverence, purification, transformation, change, The Bread of Life, The Chalice of Plenty, The Ever-flowing Cup, the Groaning Board (Table of Plenty)

· Colours: Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown

· Incense: Wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood

· Tools: Agricultural tools (associated with harvest time), Athame, Boline, Cauldron

· Symbols and decorations: Corn, cornucopias, red and yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat, barley, oats), first fruits/vegetables of garden labour, corn dollies, baskets of bread, sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires, bilberries, God figures made of bread or cookie dough, phallic symbols

· Crystals: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, Cat's-eye, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone, Carnelian

· Foods: Homemade breads, barley cakes, nuts, crab apples, rice, lamb, elderberry wine, ale, cider, beer, meadowsweet tea , Grains, Berry Foods and any locally ripe produce.