As the name Lammas comes from the Anglo-Saxon feast of “Loaf-mass” and has connections to Hlafmaest, the Norse feast of loaves, it seemed appropriate to bake bread to celebrate the day. I celebrated the day with my lovely other half, and we baked a loaf of pumpkin seed bread (which was delicious).
The ritual was held at our home shrine as always, and was one I wrote myself based on the work of Michael J. Dangler, and the Solitary Druid Fellowship. I like simplicity in ritual, so I kept the essential features of the ADF Core Order of Ritual, but cut a lot of the “optional” steps. The gatekeeper was Ratatosk, the squirrel of Ygdrassil, and the three kindred were hailed with ale.
The rite was held in honour of Thor and his wife Sif. Some myths suggest that Thor and Sif were married at this time of year, which was the time of the great Thing (part civil meeting, part harvest festival). Sif has associations with being a grain/fertility goddess due to her hair, “golden as the fields of wheat”, and Thor can be seen in his Thunderer role as bringing the late summer rains that ripen the crops, so together they fit a harvest festival well.
The main offerings were honey-ale for Thor and the first slice of our home-baked bread for Sif. The bread was later taken and scattered outside around the four corners of the home, a traditional Anglo-Saxon custom of blessing for good harvests ahead.
The omen was taken by Ogham (since I don’t yet have a rune set), and the general overview was one of new beginnings, strength and movement, which I took to be a very positive outcome.