For the sunset on July 31st to the sunset on August 2nd, the first corn harvest, a festival of willing sacrifice, arbitration, contracts and justice.
Herbs and incense Cedarwood, cinnamon, fenugreek, ginger, heather, myrtle and sunflower.
Candle colour Golden browns or dark yellows
Crystals Tiger’s eye, fossilised woods, amber, rutilated quartz, or dark yellow and brown stones,
Symbols Use a straw object as your focus, such as a corn dolly, a corn knot or a straw hat, perhaps decorate with poppies or cornflowers, or a container of mixed cereals.
Lughnasadh rituals focus on justice, rights, partnerships (both personal and legal), promotions and career advancements, and the regularising of personal finances. With corn and corn dollies a feature of the time, fertility is also favoured.
- Use corn or dried grasses to create corn knots and Corn Mother figures (a featureless head, arms, body and legs) tied with red and blue threads; hang them in the home through the winter to bring protection, and them on the fist Monday after the Twelfth Night or on the Spring Equinox fires.
- If you make a Corn King (also known as John Barleycorn), you can burn him at Lughnasadh; scatter the ashes in your garden or on indoor plants to bring abundance to the home during the winter.
- Make bread with mind on Lunghasadh Eve, a tradition that become associated with the Virgin Mary. As you stir the mix in turn with friend and family, make wishes for abundance and the harvest you wish to reap during the coming months. At dawn crumble the bread to share with friends and family, and leave offerings of crumbs for the wild birds.
- If you feel you have been unjustly treated and cannot put matters right, knot dried grasses, one for each injustice, and cast them on the waters or bury, planting late-flowering seeds or autumn flowers.
- Arrange journeys to see, or write to and telephone, friends and relations, making plans to meet, as this is a time tribes get together before the long winters.