At Lammas the Goddess is in her aspect of the Harvest Queen or Grain Mother. Wheat is one of the symbols of this sabbat, along with other grains. Lammas is about celebrating the successful first harvest and its symbolism of the seeds from which future harvests will grow. Lammas is the celebration of this first harvest of the grain and is a time for giving thanks for abundance of the earth.
Wheat is the most revered of the sacred grains and represents fruitfulness, bounty, and rebirth. Wheat also represents abundance and prosperity. Because wheat fields seem to replenish themselves, the golden plant represented a cycle of resurrection, growth, harvest and then rebirth the following spring. Embodying this symbolism of resurrection, many funeral rites contain offerings of wheat.
Wheat was sacred to the Babylonian God Ishtar, the Egyptian God Osiris, the Greek Goddess Demeter and Persephone, and the Roman Goddesses Ceres and Kore. Other grains that are part of Lammas are kamut, spelt, farina, bulgur and couscous whose domestication extends back over ten thousand years.
Wheat and grains are an important food with which to work magical intent. Baked into a cake, wheat can symbolize good fortune and good luck — think of a birthday cake and the lighting of birthday candles. Making a wish is magickal intent and focus which is imbued into the cake. Eating the cake then becomes a symbolic act of taking this good luck and good fortune into your physical being. Just think — you are getting all that with chocolate frosting! Wedding cakes are another cake to work magical intent with, again symbolizing good fortune for the married couple as well as fertility and abundance. Other magical symbolism of wheat and grains includes money, love, protection and psychic awareness.
Representing the north in magical use as part of the earth element, wheat is a symbol of abundance and prosperity. Decorative sheafs of wheat tied with a ribbon or wreaths of wheat are displayed to attract abundance and well-being to the home and its inhabitants. At Lammas, the first grain of the harvest was baked into a loaf which was embodied with magical intent. The Lammas bread would be broken into four bits, which were to be placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the garnered grain.
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