Lughnasadh Ritual

by John Rogers Cox

Lughnasadh–also called Lammas, or Loaf-mas–is the festival of the first bread, and with it, a celebration of the god Lugh. Lugh, god of the lightning strike; Lugh, the master of many tools; Lugh, the quick-tongued warrior who uses truth as one of His weapons; Lugh, the unlikely leader who knows the ins and outs of resisting an empire. In this season, we follow His lead, celebrating not only the gifts of the earth that sustain us, but also the sacrifices that allow us to survive. Bread is baked; yeast eats its fill of summer sugars and dies gloriously in the heat of the oven. The land reclines in the warmth of August, but the days are already growing shorter. And Lugh knocks at the gate, inviting us to speak our truths, to use our many tools of resistance, and to look for what will feed us through the season of long nights.

Our intention for this ritual is: Joining Lugh in his Funeral Games, we grieve, we pledge, we take joy.


7:45 PM Pacific – Zoom opens; come in and prepare your space
8 PM Pacific – Ritual begins



Topic: Lugnasadh with Reclaiming LA
Time: Aug 1, 2020 08:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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1. Plan to have dimmer-than-usual lighting in your space, perhaps including some candles or other mood lighting. We would love it to feel like we are celebrating together in our darkened ritual space behind the Green Man.

2. If it is right for your body, plan to have room to get up and move around.

3. Have ready a glass of water or a small snack for the end of the ritual.

4. Make sure you are at least somewhat comfortable with Zoom technology. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom or you are worried you won’t be able to follow along, please contact and we will make sure that a community member walks you through how to use Zoom ahead of time.


All Genders Welcome!

To support those in recovery, all of our rituals are clean and sober.

2020 Ritual Calendar

Our 2020 ritual schedule has been changing in response to social distancing guidelines and the needs/energy levels of the community in these transformational times. We will do our best to update this ritual calendar as soon as we are certain about plans for our upcoming events.

Brigid: February 8 at the Green Man

Ostara: March 21 self-guided online ritual

Beltane: May 2 online

Litha: June 20 self-guided online ritual

Lughnasadh: August 1 online

Autumn Equinox: September 19 at Griffith Park near Crystal Springs Drive

Samhain: November 7 at the Green Man

Yule: December 13 at Nicholas Canyon Beach