I guess I’m a little behind on this ritual since Lammas was on the 2nd but it’s never too late to do a ritual to honour the gods if this ritual calls out to you. I found this ritual on the website https://www.thoughtco.com and will make any adjustments, which I will highlight, for those of us with lower budgets/inventory/are solitary, as I see fit.
- Whatever you like to use to cast a circle (I use sage and my athame)
- A loaf of Lammas bread (lammas bread) or just regular homemade bread
- A cup of water or wine
- pieces of straw or another plant material (enough for each person in the ritual to make a little doll)
- a bonfire or small table top fire in a pot, cauldron, or brazier
- cast your circle, ground, and meditate
- The High Priest or High Priestess (or if your solitary, just yourself) says:
It is the time of the harvest once again.
Life, growth, death and rebirth,
all have come full circle.
The god of the harvest has died once more,
That we may eat and consume him,
Giving us strength in the months to come.
- The HPs (or if just yourself say this as you pick up the straw) hands each member of the group a sheaf of straw, saying:
- We now create dolls in our image.
These dolls symbolize our selves, in our many aspects,
and all the things we give up each year,
so that we may thrive and flourish later on.
- Each member of the group constructs a doll to represent themselves (how to make a doll). As each person creates their doll, they should energize the doll with personal qualities. These are the essences of self that each person is bringing to sacrifice, so that they may be reborn as the harvest god is each year. When everyone has completed their dolls, the High Priestess (or yourself) says:
The god of grain is dying,
vegetation returns to the earth.
We call upon the gods of the harvest,
asking them for their blessings.
Tammuz and Lugh,
Cernunnos and Attis,
Mercury, Osiris. (I would just say the one God that I worship at this time, i.e Pan)
You are born each year,
and live in our fields
and are sacrificed as part of the cycle.
- Raise energy by circling your fire or altar three times, building speed each time (move counter clockwise, against the pattern of the sun, because it’s the end of the harvest season).
- When the raising of energy is complete, each person in the group approaches the fire, one at a time, and casts their doll into the fire. They can either say out loud what their sacrifice will be this year, or speak it only to themselves and the gods. As each doll is placed in the fire, direct leftover energy into the flames as well.
- When everyone has made their sacrifice, the HPs (or yourself) holds up the loaf of Lammas bread. Say:
Months ago, we planted seeds,
and through the summer watched them grow.
We have tended the fields in our lives,
and now we are blessed with abundance.
The harvest has arrived!
Thank you, lord of the harvest,
For the gifts yet to come.
We eat this bread, grain transformed by fire, in your name,
and honor you for your sacrifice.
- The HPs (or yourself) breaks off a piece of bread for herself, and passes it around the circle, so that everyone can take a piece. Eat the bread, and then pass around the cup of wine or water. If you wish, you can say something as the cup is passed, like: May you reap the blessings of the harvest.
- Once everyone has eaten their bread and sipped from the cup, take a moment to reflect on what you have harvested for yourself this season. End the ritual as you normally would or other rites you wish to perform (spellwork, divination, etc)
Did you try this ritual, if so what did you think? If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments! If you’d like to stock up for this or any other ritual check out the Mystical Moon Online Store here: Mystical Moon Online Store. Merry Meet and Blessed Be.