Saturday, August 08, 2009

Yearly review of holidays!

Here are the eight Wiccan (or Witch) Sabbats:

New Years Day October 31st at sundown
Also known as Samhain or All Hallow's Eve. This is New Years on the Druid calendar. The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year. On Halloween night, the wall opens. Samhain, the Lord of Darkness, rises from the underworld. He roams the world looking for lost souls. It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Years! Don't forget to wear a costume... this fools the lord of the darkness, and this way he won't grab you and take you back with him! Of course, this is my FAV!!! I love the cool weather and scented air!

Winter Solstice (December 21st) Also known as Yule. This is the shortest day of the year. And, conversely, the longest night. Witches and warlocks celebrate the birth of the Sun God, as from this point forward the days get longer. Wiccan celebrations include yule logs, yule trees and Mistletoe. Sounds a little like Christmas , huh!?! When: December 21st
Heat up a cup of hot chocolate and put another log on the fire! Winter will be here for a while. Do your Christmas tree (oops, I mean Yule tree.. giggle) up with dried herbs, pentagrams and such. It should be fun making the decorations!!!

Winter Solstice is also been known as Christmas, Yule, and Saturnalia.

Imbolic February 2nd
This day honors the Brigid, the goddess of fertility, fire and healing. It is also a time of increasing strength for the sun god. This Wiccan holiday coincides with
Candlemas and Ground Hog's Day.

"If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again. "

Ostara March 21st
is the Spring Equinox. The German goddess Oestra, goddess of Fertility is honored.

Beltane May 1st
Previously celebrated on May 5, Beltane was moved to May 1st to coincide with May Day. This is a high holiday in celebration of the god and goddess of fertility. Eggs are a sign of fertility, and a symbol of this day. Early summer warmth is in the air.

Summer Solstice or Litha June 21st
This day celebrates the sun god at his highest point. Nighttime has been dominated by daylight.

Lammas or Harvest Eve July 31st
This holiday celebrates the first harvest, and the start of storing our foods for winter.

Feast of Mabon September 21st
The Autumn equinox has arrived. On the Wiccan calendar, we celebrate the celebration of the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth. It is also the harvest festival. This is a great time to try out all your fall recipes, using squash!