August 1st, Lammas is one of the 8 stations of the Sun in the wiccan/pagan calendar year. This is the position of the South West on the sacred wheel of life.
The original wheat/corn man before being burned. The original Burning man.
It is traditionally a time of celebration of the harvest. John Barleycorn or a corn man figure symbolizing the sacred grain and most especially a sacred loaf was baked and offered to the four directions and the earth in gratitude.
Traditional Lammas Loaf,
The Goddess CERES/ Demeter would be honored as the giver of abundant grains.
Lughnasad is its other name. We are half way to the AUTUMN Equinox now. It is an Air element festival traditionally celebrated as the wake of the Sun KING, who is a star, is dying now in the waning of his own Light. Cookie people figures and star cookies are baked in celebration. It is time of anxious waiting, we are not yet assured of a harvest which will keep the people alive. It is a time to free oneself from FEAR. A snake dance is created going counter clock wise, bread figures are thrown into the bonfire to symbolize the burning up of one’s fears. Then one says what one hopes to harvest. Symbols of STARS are held up. The High Priestess would say,
“MAY THE STAR OF HOPE BE WITHIN US ALWAYS.”
The coveners would eat the star cookies and celebrate. see link below for more details
The symbol for the sign of Aquarius in the 22 MAJOR TRUMPS of the TAROT is the STAR.