Lughnasada is the celebration of the time of the first harvest. It
is on this date (August 1st) that honor the Goddess and God with a first
Prepare the altar as usual, then decorate it with stalks of wheat and corn,
freshly picked fruit, and berries. I personally like to place a farmers
sickle on the altar to give it a "finished" look.
Cast the circle
Invite the gods
Stand before the altar and say the following (or similar):
"Great mother Goddess, the time of the first harvest has come! Watch
over me, o mistress of the earth, and explain to me your misteries.
Great father God, the time of the first harvest has come! Be with
me, o horned oak king, as you willingly give your body unto us to be consumed,
so that you may die only in the knowelege that you will be born again.
Remove a piece of fruit from the altar and say the following (or similar):
"This is the fruit of our first harvest..."
Bite into the fruit, take a moment to enjoy it's flavor.
"So begins the gathering that will last us through the cold
months of winter, when all the world sleeps in an icy slumber. I will know,
great gods, when I am warm and safe, and my stomach does not hunger, that
it was through your labors. Truely blessed am I, to be here in honor of
finish the fruit, and keep the seeds in a warm dry place.
In the spring, you will plant these seeds, and nuture any plant that grows
as a gift from the Goddess and God.
An offering to the earth in exchange for it's sacrifice is appropriate
Meditate for a moment or two on the wheel of the year, and how the earth
time and time again puts itself up for the harvest.
Thank the gods for their presence.
Drink apple cider or gape juice now, and eat bread (preferably whole wheat),
in celebration of Lughnasada and to replenish any energies lost during
The ritual is complete.
Notes: As with most holidays, Lughnasada has it's traditional
activites and games. These include making corn dollies of the Goddess,
Baking bread in the form of the God, visiting orchards to pick your own
fresh fruit for the new harvest, and preparing meals of breads, berries,
acorns, crab apples, local fruits and vegetables, and cakes.