Lammas is typically celebrated on August 1st each year.
However, it is more correct to say that Lammas is when the Sun reaches 15º of the fixed sign of Leo the lion.
In 2021, the Sun will be at this position in the zodiac on Sunday, August 8th.
To be honest, it does not really matter that you celebrate Lammas at the exact time, but that you celebrate at all.
Often in the civil calendar, if a public holiday falls mid-week we celebrate it on the Sunday that follows or the Sunday beforehand.
An example of this is Remembrance Sunday which technically occurs on November 11th every year, but which is always taken as the closest Sunday to that date.
Lammas: Astrology Journal Page
I’ve drawn a page for Lammas in my astrology journal.
It is a sheaf of wheat that symbolizes the early harvest of the first sweet ears of cereal in August that is used to bake the Lammas Loaf of bread.
I’m trying to focus on one symbol for each festival in the Wheel of the Year.
Lammas celebrates the baking of the first loaf of bread with the current year’s wheat.
It signifies bounty and good food and prosperity to come.
But let’s face it, in the modern world if you live in a city like I do you just go down to the corner store and pick up some bread that’s already baked.
Personally, I’m not in the habit of making my own bread, but when I do, it is at Lammas that I bake.
Lammas Loaf Recipe
My daughter has recently started baking bread and I’m going to share the recipe she uses with you here.
This simple method uses three ingredients bread flour, yeast and salt.
You may have a family recipe and that would be an ideal one to use for your Lammas first loaf.
Lammas Bread Baking
In the week running up to Lammas, my daughter baked several loaves which our whole family enjoyed.
She brought a Lammas loaf over to my home by travelling on the train, as the trip is quite far, but I truly appreciated her gesture.
When to Eat Your Lammas Loaf
Your Lammas loaf is best consumed when still warm.
I like it slathered with butter or, for a special treat, honey.
It is the type of food you can keep snacking on long into the evening.
Next Day Bread
The next day bread can be a litlle harder as it has lost its initial softness and springability.
I choose to cut next day bread into thinner slices and toast them.
Always try to get your Lammas toast “golden” and not charred.
Enjoy your slices with tea or coffee as a great mid-morning snack.
Aspiring Astrology Activity: Lammas
In your astrology journal, book of shadows or grimoire please do the following:
- Draw a page for Lammas and include a symbol of wheat or the first loaf.
- If you have a family recipe for bread then include it as well.
Share your page on social with the hashtag #starzologywheeloftheyear or email me the link to email@example.com.