upon the altar sheaves of wheat, barley or oats, fruit and breads, perhaps a
loaf fashioned in the figure of the Sun or a man to represent the God. Com
dollies, symbolic of the Goddess, can be present there as well.
the altar, fight the candies and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.
the Blessing Chant.
the Goddess and God.
before the altar, holding aloft the sheaves of grain, saying these or similar
is the time of the First Harvest,
the bounties of nature give of themselves
that we may survive.
God of the ripening fields, Lord of the Grain,
me the understanding of sacrifice as you
to deliver yourself under the sickle of the
and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
Goddess of the Dark Moon,
me the secrets of rebirth
the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold.
the heads of the wheat with your fingers so that the grains fall onto the altar.
Lift a piece of fruit and bite it, savoring its flavor, and say:
partake of the first harvest, mixing its energies
mine that I may continue my quest for the starry wisdom of perfection.
Lady of the Moon and Lord of the Sun,
ones before Whom the stars halt their courses,
offer my thanks for the continuing fertility of the Earth.
the nodding grain loose its seeds to be buried in the Mother's breast,
rebirth in the warmth
the coming Spring.
the rest of the fruit.
of magic, of necessary, may follow.
the Simple Feast.
circle is released.
is appropriate to plan the seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual.
If they sprout, grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your
connection with the Goddess and God.
weaving (the making of corn dollies, etc.) is an appropriate activity for
Lughnasadh. Visits to fields,
orchards, lakes, and wells are also traditional.
foods of Lughnasadh include bread, blackberries and all berries, acorns (leached
of their poisons first), crab apples, all grains and locally ripe produce.
A cake is sometimes baked, and cider is used in place of wine.
you do make a figure of the God from the bread, it can be used for the Simple
~ From Scott Cunningham's Wicca: the