August 1, 2005
Volume 1, Issue 2
Celebrate Lammas by Making Wishes and Praying for Healing

Now is the height of summer, what is traditionally called Lammas, or the First harvest. This is the time when the first grains are gathered, fruits and veggies are at an abundance, leaving a promise of more food to come for storage into the winter months. But there are still many things that can go wrong and effect the crops. Traditionally, farmers would erected large Corn Dollies in their fields and burn them in hopes for a fruitful harvest. So, during the First Harvest (which was a precursor to our modern Thanksgiving Day), we celebrate our abundance or food, friends, and family, and pray all will continue to go well.


Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate the First Harvest

Prepare you home by decorating with fresh fruits, Corn Dollies, and flowers. Start your day by lighting red, white, and black candles to represent the Mother, Maiden, & Crone (or the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, whichever you prefer). Hang sun catchers or crystals in your windows to bring in the light. Braid grain sheaves and hang them over your front door to protect your home and family. Go out and enjoy a street fair or festival (the Renaissance Festival in Tuxedo, NY is a great one if you don't mind the travel).


Don't Forget the Kids!

Our ancestors used this time of year to take pilgrimages to sacred wells or pools. You can enjoy this tradition by going to a favorite pond or fountain. Bring the kids and toss in coins while making wishes. Tie a ribbon or leave a scrap of cloth on a nearby bush or tree to cure an illness. As the material fades away, know that the illness will fade as well. Baking bread from scratch is another great way to include your kids or younger family members in the festivities (see a real simple recipe, complements of my many years as a Girl Scout, below). Before you put the loaf in the oven, use an egg wash and paint a symbol of something you would like to bring into your life, like a $ for money, or a heart for love. Bake, and then share the loaf with family and friends during a BBQ alongside seasonal fruits and veggies. End your day toasting marshmallows and making SMORES around a fire. Finally, before sending the kids off to bed, let them toss their Corn Dollies into the fire, say one thing they are thankful for, and then share a wish they have for the future.


Recipe for Easy Yeast Bread
1 clean dry coffee can with lid (grease well)
2/3 cup warm water
2 tsp. dry yeast (mix with the water)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
(mix all dry ingredients in separate bowl)
2 tsp. Crisco Oil (add to dry ingredients)

Add yeast mixture to dry ingredients and blend well. Knead for 5 minutes. Put the dough in the can and cover. Place in a warm place until the dough rises to the top of the can. Remove lid and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.


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