Lughnasadh is just around the corner (August 1st), and that means harvest season will also begin. Also called Lammas, this pagan holiday doesn’t have to involve the worship — or even belief — in deities in order for you to have a good time. Whether you normally celebrate spiritual holidays or not, if you want to enjoy yourself this Lughnasadh, the following suggestions might help.

Farm to Table Feast For Your Ancestors

Traditionally, this time of year was for harvesting the first grains and fruits of the season, shortly before the full fall harvest that followed. Modern Wiccans use this holiday much in the same manner, but bread is the focal point — and it is enjoyed to remember our ancestors. If you want to celebrate Lughnasadh in a similar fashion, you can harvest some of your early fruits and grains — if you have a garden — and make a delicious meal or treat in honor of your ancestors. Alternatively, you can visit a farmer’s market and purchase some early harvest goods, in case you don’t have a garden of your own.

If you really prefer tradition, making a fresh loaf of homemade bread is an excellent way to observe this time of year. Even if you don’t make an entire feast in honor of your ancestors, a tasty bread treat to enjoy is just as valid a way to observe Lughnasadh.

Redesign Your Altar

This is a wonderful time of year to redecorate your altar space, especially if you make use of items that are appropriate to the season. Sprigs of wheat or another grain are powerful symbols of Lughnasadh, as are summer gourd and squash vegetables (such as zucchini). Items symbolizing the fire element are good additions for this type of altar, as are sunflowers and fruits like peaches and plums. Displaying The Empress tarot card on your Lughnasadh altar symbolizes abundance and fertility as well as protection and familial bonds.

Cast a Spell

Harvest Day, or Lughnasadh, is a great day to cast spells pertaining to a variety of needs. A spell for abundance is always a good choice during the end of summer and beginning of autumn, but protection spells to assure you have a safe and fruitful rest of the year are even better. Spells to help other people are also ideal during this time of harvest, especially if these spells are to help feed and nourish people in need. Hearth spells that give protection to your home and family and spells for good health are also good choices. This year, Lughnasadh 2022, takes place while the moon is in a waxing crescent phase — heading toward the Full Moon in the first half of the month. If you wish to attract something to you, or encourage something to grow or flourish, Lughnasadh 2022 is a great day to cast these spells.