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Magic for Lughnasadh: Simple Spells, Potions, And Other Magical Inspirations

Updated on September 11, 2016
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Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year with her family for 25 years as a Wiccan; she's like the NeoPagan Martha Stewart.

The First Harvest Arrives

Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783)
Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783) | Source

Magic for Lughnasadh - Lammas - August Eve

Lughnasadh is upon us, the first of three harvest festivals. Autumn begins at this Sabbat-- but it's only beginning, and not yet in full swing. During Lughnasadh, Wiccans and many other Pagans celebrate the bursting bounty of the Earth, and give thanks for what we have with the knowledge that all good things must come to an end.

It's a time for fun-- the summer sun blazes above, the breeze is warm, the sea is cool. Country fairs, festivals, feats of strength and games have long been part of this season. It may be your last chance-- for the harvest season is upon us, which means a lot of work is coming. We may seek the blessings of our tools -- for whatever work we may do -- to ensure we are fruitful in all of our endeavors.

Being a sabbat, it is naturally a magical time, and a time to take advantage of the specific energies of the earth for successful workings and spells. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Celebrate Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh altar for our family celebration last year.
Lughnasadh altar for our family celebration last year. | Source

Planetary Alignments

Magical correspondences
Magical correspondences | Source

Lughnasadh Correspondences in 2015

Originally in Wicca, the name for this sabbat was simply "August Eve" and it started on the night of July 31. If you traditionally celebrate on this night, you'll be happy to know that there will be a full moon in the sky! Since full moons are conducive to a wide variety of magical goals, it's a good deal! Remember the full moon energies are accessible for three days before and three days after the full moon.

One thing to watch out for is Venus-- it's in retrograde from July 25 through September 6. This can make for some tricky magic in the areas of love, beauty, creative works, relationships and money. When a planet is in retrograde, that energy is turned inward-- so if you're seeking any of these things, your goals are better focused on looking within rather than looking outside of yourself. Do you have an emotional blockage that’s gotten in the way of relationships? Do you have low self-esteem? Do you struggle with inspiration or doubt your artistic talents? Are you mis-managing your money? Make the most of this sabbat full moon to work on those issues within instead of turning your sights to external goals. In other words, "Witch, heal thyself."

Venus is also in Leo for this period, and normally Leo's sun power would just cause everything Venus rules over to shine-- but because of the retrograde, don't be surprised if the reverse is true. Instead of a burst of creativity, you might experience being very critical of yourself and your ideas. Instead of feeling beautiful or full of love, you might struggle with your self-worth or self-doubt. Instead of finances flourishing, you might experience a financial rut. Try not to get too down on yourself.

If you do have impulses to jump into new things, know this is Leo pushing you. Despite these drives, it’s probably not a great time. Look before you leap.

An ideal working for Venus retrograde in the full moon is to bring a lost love back to you-- though let the caster beware. Just because it's an ideal time for something doesn't mean it's actually the best thing for you to do. I recommend lots of divination on the issue before going down that road.

Celebrate the Sabbat

Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783)
Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783) | Source

You Will Need:

  • A photo of the person or a paper with their name written 9 times times in red ink
  • green marker
  • dish (heat-proof)
  • Herbs: ground cayenne pepper, blackberry leaves and dragon's blood
  • a red pillar candle (not in a holder)
  • A pin or nail
  • Cinnamon oil

The Chant

You will sweat and toss and turn

Your thoughts obsess, your conscience burn

Until you come to make amends

Your restlessness knows no end

Thoughts of me and what you owe

Plague you everywhere you go

You want it all to go away?

Help it stop; just repay


'Gimmie Back my Money' Spell

Warning: use cayenne with care, don't touch your face or breathe it in, and wash your hands.

Best time to start spell: Friday July 24th, or (if Lughnasadh has passed) 9 days before the full moon.

  1. Grab the photo and look at the face (or the name on paper). Let your frustration out.
  2. Use the green marker and write across the face (or on the name) "Pay (your name) back!" nine times across the person's face. Say it out loud if you like.
  3. Place the picture into the dish. Charge your herbs and sprinkle them over the picture (or paper) while saying the chant
  4. Scratch the person's name into the candle, along with the words "Pay (your name) back!" Anoint the candle with the cinnamon oil while saying the chant to charge it.
  5. Place the candle on top of the herbs and picture. Hold your hands over it and keep raising energy for as long as you desire. Chant, yell, and raise emotional energy.
  6. When you feel the energy has reached a crescendo, then light the candle. Burn the candle burn every day for 9 days, for 9 minutes per day. If the person is strong willed, they may not respond on one moon cycle. You might need to burn the candle for one or two more moon cycles, starting 9 days before the full moon.
  7. When the issue is resolved, stop lighting the candle and throw all the items except the plate into outdoor running water. Wash the plate with running water and it's done.

Lughnasadh - Lammas - August Eve

Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783)
Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783) | Source

Herbs for Lughnasadh

Herbs for Lughnasadh magic
Herbs for Lughnasadh magic | Source

Lughnasadh Incense Recipe

Into the mortar and pesle (or spice grinder) goes:

2 parts Frankincense
1 part dried apple blossom
1 part droed elder blossoms
1 part mugwort
1/2 part vervain
1/4 part blackberry leaves

Spirit Healing Potion

No heat is necessary for this potion. Mix the ingredients in a mason jar and let them sit in the fridge for 24 hours. If you like, you can set them under the full moon for a while as well.

  • 1 pint of apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Grate and add about a nickle-sized piece of ginger
  • A handful of lemon balm leaves
  • A sprig of rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of fennel
  • A washed, tumbled rose quartz crystal*


After 24 to 48 hours, strain it, bring it to your altar for prayers and blessings, then drink up.

*As long as it's washed, and truly rose quarts, it should be fine to put in your drink; but keep in mind many crystals have toxic minerals or metals that can leach into a beverage... if you prefer you can merely tape the crystal to the outside of the glass so you can imbue the liquid with crystal vibrations, without actually letting the crystal touch the liquid.

Lughnasadh Magic

Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783)
Poem excerpt: "Song Composed in August" by Robert Burns (1783) | Source

There MUST Be Fresh Baked Breads at Lughnasadh!

So why not make them magical?
So why not make them magical? | Source

Kitchen Witchin' - Peaceful Home Herbal Biscuits

Is your family always bickering, testy, on edge or just plain treating each other poorly? Whip up a batch of these. Don't forget to consecrate and charge your ingredients as you add them.

It is also imperative you make them, from before you start to after you finished, in EXACTLY the peaceful, contented mood you want your family to be in. So as you bake, hum, sing sweet, happy songs, smile and make sure you're feeling good.

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups of milk
3 oz sweet cream butter
1 oz olive oil (to promote peace)
1 teaspoon sugar (to sweeten everyone up)
1 tsp ground rosemary (for bringing peace to the home)
1 tsp lavender buds (food grade or organic-- to help everyone chill out)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt with a whisk in a bowl.
  3. Add the butter and oil and work it through with a pastry cutter, or your fingers (just don't squeeze-- mix and lightly toss) or pulse it in a food processor. You want to work it into a coarse meal.
  4. Stir in milk until the mixture comes together.
  5. Gently fold in the rosemary and lavender. Reserve some to sprinkle on top.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls onto the parchment, about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until golden brown. Serve with a meal or as a snack with tea to bring peace to a family in strife.

Make a Corn Dolly!

What Tools?

Any tool you work with can be a symbol of your work tools. For example,a chef might put a whisk, or a knife and cutting board. A businessman might put his laptop or business smart phone. My kids always put their school supplies on the altar. A doctor might put a stethoscope. A homemaker might put the feather duster there, or perhaps the list of chores.

As a Wiccan Witch, I like to put out my Book of Shadows, and my cauldron or athame-- a symbol of my Witchcraft tools.

If you can't bring an actual tool to the altar, any symbol of it will do. As a writer, I always put a pencil and paper-- even though I type all my writing on a computer, a pencil and blank sheet paper will always symbolize my career to me.

Blessing of the Tools Lughnasadh Rite

Lughnasadh is named after Lugh, the man-skilled Celtic God. One of my family's favorite magical rites for this sabbat is the blessing of the tools. This is, after all, the start of the harvest season, the season in which you reap what you sow.

You may notice that even if you're not a farmer, the end of summer and the beginning of autumn seems to be a time of 'getting back to business'. Students are preparing to get back to school, and parents are preparing to get back to the normal routine when kids are in school. Home makers turn their attention from the garden and the patio and the beach outings to the cooking and cleaning and getting the house back in order. Summer vacations are over and it's back to the grindstone. Even if you've been working all summer without a vacation, for some reason, notice how people get more serious in the fall. The fun or light-hearted atmosphere of the summertime is dwindling. Just as spring had everyone sitting at work turning their face to the window, to the sunshine, with the stirrings and longings to get out beginning to build up, the autumn seems to turn our attention more back indoors or towards our work.

So at some point on Lughasadh, either at your altar or on the kitchen table, gather up your tools.

Call to the appropriate deity or deities. If you follow a Celtic pantheon, Lugh the many-skilled God is an excellent choice. For your Witchcraft tools, perhaps you would prefer to call on Hecate. If you are a farmer, you might call an agricultural deity. A mail carrier might put his mail bag up there and call Hermes, the messenger God. It's up to you.

After invoking your deity, everyone should hold their hands over the tools. Say the following, with one person leading the call, and everyone else answering with the response. If you are one person, you can say both calls and responses.

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Call: Fun is done, work has come.

Response: We call to you, Great (God/desses names), to bless the tools.

Call: We reap what we sow; it is the way, this we know.

Response: We call to you, Great (God/desses names), to bless the tools.

Call: Let our hands work skillfully; let our minds work cleverly

Response: We call to you, Great (God/desses names), to bless the tools.

Call: Let our lives be constructive; let our efforts be productive

Response: We call to you, Great (God/desses names), to bless the tools.

Call: Let us prosper, one and all; Lend us guidance when we call

Response: We call to you, Great (God/desses names), to bless the tools.

Call: May we use our tools with success, may those who use them all be blessed

Response: We call to you, Great (God/desses names), to bless the tools.

All Together: We give honor and thanks to thee, for all your blessings, so mote it be!

Have a Blessed Lughnasadh!

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    • Dr Pran Rangan profile image

      Dr Pran Rangan 20 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Thanks for sharing details of information about Lughnasadh. Actually, I have no knowledge about such rituals. You hub has added to my knowledge.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Glad to be of help. ;o)

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      TM Wright 20 months ago from U.S.

      Love all of your hubs on craft. Very good stuff.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank you Tamara, glad you enjoy them! I appreciate your comments.

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