~ correspondences of lughnasadh ~

symbolism: corn dollies, cornucopia, sun, sunflowers, sun wheels, spear, cauldron, sickle and agricultural tools, scythe, squash and pumpkins, wheat stalks, corn, sheaves of grain, onion and garlic strands, grapes and vines, wheat weaving, late summer and early autumn fruits, red and yellow flowers, baskets of bread,  harvesting herbs, bonfires, bilberries, god figures made from sacred bread, 

traditional activities: games, riding of poles/staves, country fairs, breaking bread with family and friends, feasting, competitions, spear tossing, gathering flowers for crowns, fencing/swordplay, games of skill, martial sports, chariot races, hand-fastings, dancing round a corn mother, making corn dollies, harvesting herbs for charms/rituals, bonfires with sacred wood and dried herbs

spellwork and ritual: meditation on the sun god, walk through fields of wild grassland/flowers and meditate, bake bread in traditional shapes like plaits and cottage loaves, weaving grain into figures or symbols of the god and goddess, onion and garlic weaving, eating bread and tossing it into the fire, connecting with the abundance of life-force of the earth, making jam/conserves with seasonal fruits, leave an offering to the earth, transformation and maternal magic, prosperity and abundance spells, purification spells, thanksgiving and honouring rituals

herbs, incense and oils: allspice, aloe vera, acacia, basil, carnation, camphor, caraway, comfrey, chamomile, frankincense, eucalyptus, safflower, goldenrod, carnation, peony, nasturtium, fern, clover blossoms, heliotrope, heather, hollyhock, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, crops such as wheat, corn, hops rye, oat and barley, rice, garlic, onion, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, blackberry leaf, holly, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, elderberries, myrtle, juniper, mandrake, mint, meadowsweet, marigold, marjoram, mugwort, rose hip, rose, rosemary, St John’s Wort, thyme, sandalwood, yarrow, cornstalks

food and drink: apples, blackberries, autumn fruit pies, cornbread, grapes, crab apples, nuts, lamb, oat cakes, potatoes, sweet potato pie, all grains and breads, ale, cider, elderflower drinks, elderberry wine, mead, berryfruit juice, whisky, herbal sun teas, meadowsweet teas

colours: bronze, brown, tan, gold, corn yellow, red, orange, green

gemstones: amber, aventurine, cat’s-eye, carnelian, citrine, granite, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, peridot, rhodochrosite, sardonyx, tourmaline, lodestone, quartz

gods and goddesses: the waning and all sacrificial Gods, who willingly shed blood or give their lives that their people and lands may prosper, the Sun God and Holly King,as well as the waxing Goddess and other agricultural Goddesses; Bast (Egyptian), Isis (Egyptian) Ceres (Roman), Libera (Roman), Luna (Roman), Corn Mother (Celtic), Dana (Celtic), Tailtiu (Celtic), Cerridwen (Welsh), Demeter (Greek), Gaia (Greek), Persephone (Greek),  Ishtar (Assyrian), Rhiannon (Welsh); Osiris (Egyptian), Liber (Roman), Faunus (Roman), Crom Dubh (Celtic), Cernunnos (Celtic), Lugh (Celtic), Lleu (Welsh), Dionysus (Greek), Odin (Norse), Tammuz (Sumerian), Dagon (Phoenician)

a field of blooming flax

a field of blooming flax