Lammas Harvest Mound: A mound of earth is symbolic of the regenerative powers of the Goddess. On Lammas, take a trip up a hill. If possible, do it barefoot and feel the earth. With each step you leave behind the everyday world and step closer to the world of the Gods. Feel the summit wind blow your cares away. Picnic in the open air.
Corn Dolly: The spirit of the corn is preserved for the next crop through the use of corn dollies made from the last stock of corn. Any colored ribbons used to bind the dollies had meanings attached to the colors: yellow - sun, red - sacrifice, blue - love, green - wisdom, white - strength.
Equipment: 5 - 8 inch hollow straws
4 - 4 inch hollow straws
Tie the 8" straws together in the middle. Fold in half and tie near the top of the fold making a head. Using the 4" straws, tie the ends leaving a small portion beyond the ties to make "hands". Slide the 4" straws into the "body" of the 8" straws forming arms. Separate the lower section of the 8" straws into two and tie forming legs and feet. Decorate as desired.
Place on altar at Lammas and at Autumn Equinox (Mabon). Afterwards hang in the kitchen until spring when it may be buried in the garden.
Colcannon: 3 cups
finely shredded green cabbage
1 lb/ 1/2 kg/ 1 1/2 cups golden or corn syrup
1lb/ 1/2kg/ 4 cups plain flour
Form a round loaf about as thick as your fist. Place it on a lightly-floured baking sheet and cut a cross in the top with a floured knife. Put at once to bake near the top of a pre-heated oven, gas mark 8, 450°F, 230°C, for 30-45 minutes. When baked, the loaf will sound hollow when rapped on the bottom with your knuckles. Wrap immediately in a clean tea-towel to stop the crust hardening too much.