I’ve written extensively about Lammas symbolism in a previous blog entry. So please do read it for that info. The following was written as part of information for a Wiccan training group:
A word on Sacrifice:
The Corn-King is a symbol of nature’s energies, Sun’s energies etc being gathered and focused. At Lammas, he who holds that energy must let go of it. In this ritual, the Corn-King willingly sacrifics his energies, and soon afterwards, the person is resurrected! (In Wiccan rituals, we don’t like to leave people dead. We always balance it out).
A word on personal sacrifices:
There is a Corn-King in all of us! We each must make a willing sacrifice in our own personal way and let go of certain energies we hold too possessively. Only then can we be open to death & re-birth, transformation, and for new energies to come into our lives! Don’t make a token-sacrifice (like, `am giving up smoking’). It must be something real and sensible. Trust that letting go of it will actually help the world, and in turn will also help you personally grow in other ways!
It’s not about the end of the line (Corn King dies!), but also from another point of view- Harvest! It is about reaping what we have all been sowing and cultivating. At this point in your lives, all your previous efforts have brought you to the point of this magical path and a new beginning – which in many ways is your magical harvest!