Lammas is an old name for the start of the wheat harvest and it’s traditions  in the Northern hemisphere.

Bringing in the harvest and baking the first loaf of bread has always had immense significance in agrarian cultures. It is firmly lodged in all our ancestral memories.


Lammas falls at the beginning of August here in the UK. As wheat is grown across the world, the date for Lammas celebrations completely depends upon where you are on the planet at any given time.

Reaping what you have sown

Whatever the date, Lammas time is when the staple crop is harvested and the berries ripen in the wild. It is a time when, as Lou Reed mentioned a few times; you’re going to reap what you sow.

If you are a gardener you may be run off your feet baking, preserving, pickling and freezing your produce

However you may be ruefully contemplating a blighted harvest and a load of weeds. Some things are in your control and some things aren’t.

On a metaphysical level, Lammas reminds us to practice recognising with gratitude what has manifested in our life whether we find it good, bad or indifferent.

Lammas teaches us the importance of acknowledging and accepting our harvests.  When we do that we are able to move forward more effectively.