Lammas: An Alternative Harvest, a Ritual


I don’t grow my own food. The reasons are long and plentiful, and not the point right now. I’m also not in charge of buying and even mostly cooking my own food, so a harvest festival has never really meant anything to me.

But I’ve come such a long way since this time last year, and it feels wrong not to celebrate it somehow, and remember that times are ever changing, and a period that seems long and intolerable now will be a blink of an eye sometime in the future.

The Ritual

You Will Need:

Pen and paper. Feel free to make it fancy and put it in a scrapbook or something later.

The first piece of crap you can lay your  hands on. Most of my most powerful charms are based on what I call the ‘Pratchett Principle’. Pratchett’s witches made things called ‘shambles’ which had many uses, but were usually constructed out of whatever was in the witch’s pocket at the time.

For me, it was copper wire and an eye pin.

You’re going to make some approximation of a sheaf of wheat out of it.


Write a list of everything you’ve achieved since the start of the year, both little and small. Examples:

– showed more commitment to healthy eating than any year hence

– started an Etsy shop

– got sixty sales in said shop

– got the chance to review some books

– I now moderate and write for two fandom blogs which are dear to my heart

– got a job

2. Feel free to pretty it up however you’d like. Take your time, and enjoy it.

3. Make your wheat. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be perfect. But it is a symbol of all that you have achieved in this season, from the smallest baby step to the biggest win. It all matters. It is all important, and deserves to be honoured.

4. Display your tiny sheaf wherever you will see it most to remind yourself that you can do it!

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