Also known as Lammas – first harvest – August 1st. This festival centres on the
sacrifice of the Corn King (John Barleycorn), the harvest spirit whose demise will
feed the people. This is a time of thanksgiving and your altar should reflect the
colours of the harvest – a deep bronze or dark yellow cloth for covering. I usually
place a few ears of wheat from the first harvest on my altar along with fruits, nuts
My ritual is usually one to give thanks for everything I have received so far in
the year. It is also a time to reflect on the three goals/projects set out at Ostara.
I spend some time reflecting on how my projects have developed and what effect they
have had on my life. Sometimes I may decide to ‘set my goals free’ now by writing
them onto a piece of paper and then burning it in the fire, over a candle
Remember your ritual feast should include representation of the harvest – crusty
bread, corn cakes, mead or ale or some berry wine. I also include some vine fruits
both in my feast and as an alter decoration, which is later given as an offering
when my ritual is complete.
This is also a good time to honour the Green Man. Make a shrine to him either in
your home or garden to invoke his protective energies around you. Hang a Green Man
plaque or carving above your altar and burn incense of a suitable woodland fragrance.
You could use some crystals such as Moss or Tree Agate, feathers, bells and leafy
potted plants also make good adornments.