Lammas – Poetry of the Harvest


Lammas – Poetry of the Harvest

Sleeping with the Grain

Summer heat is at its peak

The energy of a waning sun

The blessed union’s first fruits

Abundant and awaiting

Harvesting commences

The one of the three

An eternal thankfulness

The fullness of the moment

True by unrealized,

Twice providing for mankind

Sustenance for the frigid months ahead

And seed for the next rebirth

The Celebration Ceremony

The sun God surrenders his life

Freely and without remorse

So his earthly children may survive

Never really abandoning us,

His spirit consumed in the bread

And stored in the planting grain

For the many, so goes the one

Yet fear not for the dying

Instead think towards the resurrection

Celebrate the first fruits

Give thanks to the land

Give thanks to the Goddess

Summon her strength as your own

Stay the course of all that is noble

Share without reward

Embrace in the plenty

The Grain


August 1 is Lammas (Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, or “loaf-mass”) – it’s the first of three celebrations of the harvest.  This celebration is for the grain, the time for gathering in, the first fruits of our labor.  Lammas is followed by the Mabon, the harvest of the fruit, and later by Samhain, the harvest of the nuts and berries.  What is significant about Lammas is easily revealed by its name – the celebration of the loaf or in simpler terms the celebration of the bread.

The first cuttings of the grain crops, barley, wheat, oats, and rye are important for they provide food for the upcoming winter, but also because they provide the seed necessary to plant the crop the following spring.  This combination guarantees the continuance of the people.   Traditionally, the first sheaf of grain would be ceremonially cut at dawn, winnowed, ground and then baked into the Harvest Bread which all would share in as a sign of thanks.  The first barley stalks would be made into beer or ale. The last sheaf would be kept in the home, often above the family hearth until the next harvest, when it would be returned to the earth.

There are many variations and wonderful tales about the origins of this great festival of which you can read further about – below are a couple of great sites that will allow you to educate yourself at your own pace.

The Goddess & The Green Man

The White Goddess

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