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Roots of Ritual

This is a fabulous resource for those getting to grips with Rituals and Spellwork.




Magickal Trees – Holly

HollyRepresenting heroism, foresight and defence Holly is sacred to Lugh and so it is associated with Lughnassad. Holly and Ivy cover “Jack-in-the-Green“, a leaf clad mummer and chimney sweep who dances on May Day in Englan

A Bogie at Jack in the Green, Hastings

A Bogie at Jack in the Green, Hastings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Lammas – Non-Ritual Celebrations

  • Well Dressing – If there is a well or spring near you you may wish to decorate it with flowers to give thanks for the water’s purity.
  • Float flowers on a local river or pond.
  • Bake some bread
  • Harvest your first vegetables from your garden and offer them to the Goddess and God.
  • Take a walk in some local woods and pick goodies for your altar.

An Introduction to Lammas


An Introduction to Lammas

Lammas or Loaf Mass is the celebration of the first harvests at which time we give thanks for the abundance of the land and make payment for its bounty. Traditionally the grain harvest was brought in around this time and so bread and other food made from grain are baked and offered as payment to the land. The Sun is also celebrated as without his tireless work the plants would not have grown.

Litha – Non Ritual Celebrations

  • Go berry picking. Have the children chose their best berry and throw it back into the berry bushes as they thank the Goddess and the bushes for the fruit.
  • Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae folk.
  • Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry and use them to spice up a Litha feast of cooked summer vegetables.
  • Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out
  • Have a mock battle between the Oak and Holly King. Remember that this is part of the cycle and as the wheel turns the Oak King will rise again at Winter Solstice.
  • Offer a gift of lavender to the Gods in a bonfire. Pass St. John’s Wort through the smoke and then hang the herb up in the house for protection.
  • Make your own henge, orientated towards the raising and setting sun.
  • Have an outdoor breakfast picnic to welcome the Solstice.
  • Stay up and watch the sun go down on the longest day of the year!
  • Dispose of those qualities that trouble you: project them into a burnable (bunch of dry twigs, paper, etc.) and thrust the mass into a cleansing fire.


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