Lammas/Lughnasadh Magic

Lammas, also celebrated as Lughnasadh, falls on August 1 in the northern hemisphere, and on February 2 below the equator. This is a time of excitement and magic - after all, the natural world is thriving around us, and yet the knowledge that everything will soon die looms in the background. This is a good point in the year to work some magic around the hearth and home, so let's look at some of the seasonal components of the magic of Lammas/Lughnasadh.

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The Magic of Corn

There are plenty of myths and legends about the magic of corn. Image by Garry Gay/Photographer's Choice/Getty Imagse

Of all the grains eaten in the world, corn - or maize - probably is surrounded by more legends and folklore than any other. Corn has been planted, tended, harvested and consumed for millennia, and so it’s no wonder that there are myths about the magical properties of this grain. Let’s take a look at some of the customs and traditions surrounding corn. The Magic of Corn

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Ash Tree Magic and Folklore

In Norse legend, Odin hung from an ash tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days. Image by Richard Osbourne/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

In Norse lore, Odin hung from Yggdrasil, the World Tree, for nine days and nights so that he might be granted wisdom. Yggdrasil was an ash tree, and since the time of Odin's ordeal, the ash has often been associated with divination and knowledge. In some Celtic legends, it is also seen as a tree sacred to the god Lugh, who is celebrated at Lughnasadh. Because of its close association not only with the Divine but with knowledge, Ash can be worked with for any number of spells, rituals, and other workings. Ash Tree Magic and Folklore

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Bread Magic and Folklore

Bread can easily be incorporated into a ritual or magical setting. Image by Elfi Kluck/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

The word “Lammas” comes from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to “loaf mass.” Today, it’s not uncommon to find a celebration of bread at a Pagan festival during the Lammas season.

There are a number of different ways that bread itself can be incorporated into a ritual or magical setting. Let’s look at some of the magical folklore surrounding bread in different cultures and societies. Bread Magic and Folklore

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Onion Magic: Make an Onion Braid

The Onion Festival at Bern Switzerland
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August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven't pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you've got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August's full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic! Make an Onion Braid

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Honey Magic

Honeycomb Rich With Honey
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During the late summer and early fall, honey is a staple crop in many parts of the world. This deliciously sweet and sticky gift from the bee population is considered a health food - it will protect you against allergies if you eat just a teaspoon of locally sourced honey each day - and also has a number of magical properties. Honey Magic

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Brew a Batch of Vervain Water

Vervain, or Verbena, can be brewed into water or oil. Image by Arthur Tilley/Stockebyte/Getty Images

Vervain was known in many legends as one of the herbs sacred to the Druids. Although it is often associated with the Summer Solstice, the vervain plant is highly potent in late summer, around the time of Lammas. You can brew up a batch of Vervain water - or oil - for a variety of magical needs. Brew a Batch of Vervain Water

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Protection Magic

How well protected is your home and property?. Image by Dimitri Otis/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

In many magical traditions, workings can be done to ensure protection of home, property, and people - and the Lammas season is a great time to do this! There are a number of simple ways you can do protection workings around your home and property: Protection Magic