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   Sabbats  

 

Samhain

(Oct. 31st)

Samhain, pronounced "Sow-in" or "Soween" usually celebrated on October 31. It is the Celtic new year and a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual world are thin. It is a time to commune with ancestors and loved ones that have passed over. We never summon or call back the dead, we just let them know that if they wish to speak to us we are more than willing to listen. Samhain opens the dark half of the year, it is the first day of winter. A time for the Goddess Morrigan and her consort the God The Dagda. It is also a time for honoring the crone Goddess Hekate. Honey is good to offer to Her, we offer her honey along with our cresent cakes that we make at almost every Sabbat. In some regions Herne the Hunter begins his Wild Hunt on Samhain. The "dumb supper" is held on this night, the dumb supper is a dinner set out for the spirits. During which no one is to speak so as to give respect and honor to those who have passed on.This practice is still followed in parts of the Celtic world.

Lore -
It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate of food outside the home for the souls of the dead. This is the night when the veil between both worlds is at its thinnest. A candle place in the window guides them to the lands of eternal summer and burying apples in the hard-packed Earth, "feeds" the passed ones on their journey.

Wisdom of the Crone, Death of God, Reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year. Honor the dead, end of summer, the New Year, and celebrating reincarnation.

Colors -
Black, Orange and Red.

 

Symbols-Jack-O-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron and Waning Moon.

Deities -
All Crone Goddesses, The Dying/Dead God

Stones -
Obsidian, Onyx & Carnelian

Ritual Oils -
Frankincense, Basil, Yarrow, Lilac, Ylang-Ylang, Camphor & Clove.

Food -
Beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines, and pumpkin dishes.

Yule

(Dec 21st)

Yule is also called the Winter Solstice - Dec. 21st. Yule comes from the Norse Lul meaning wheel. Yule is the time when the Goddess gives birth to the Sun God. It also marks the birth of the Oak King, God of the waxing year. The Yule Log is an important rite on this night. A log bought into the house is kept burning all night. Afterwards, the ashes were scattered in the fields to ensure a good harvest for the next year. Keep a small pice of the left over Yule Log to use as kindling at the next Yule.

Lore - One traditional Yuletide practice is the creation of a Yule tree. This can be a living, potted tree which can later be planted in the ground or a cut one.
Appropriate Wiccan decorations are fun to make, from strings of dried rosebuds and cinnamon sticks for garlands, to bags of fragrant spices which are hung from the boughs. Quartz crystals can be wrapped with shiny wire and suspended from branches to resembl icicles. Apples, oranges, and lemons hanging from the boughs were customary in ancient times.
Many enjoy the custom of lighting the Yule Log. This represents the rebirth of the God within the sacred fire of the Mother Goddess. As the log burns, visualize the Sun shining within it and think of the coming warmer days.

Colors - Red, Green, White and Gold

Symbols - Evergreen trees, Yule Log, Holly, Eight-spoked Wheel, Wreaths, and spinning Wheels.

Deities - Newborn God, Tripple Goddess

Stones - Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet

Ritual Oils - Rosemary, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Saffron, Cedar/Pine, Wintergreen & Ginger.

Food - Nuts, Apples, Pears, Cakes of Carraways soaked in cider and pork are traditional fare. Wassail, Lambswook, Hibiscus or Ginger tea are great for the Simple Feast or Yule meals.

Inbolc

(Feb 2nd)

      Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, St. Brigits Day, Brides Day, or Groundhogs Day. The word Imboc means "in the belly". It is the celebration of the return of the maiden of spring. During this time we see the first stirrings of life and spring. The Celtic Goddess Brigit/Brigid, pronounced "Breed", is honored on this day. She is the triple muse Goddess who brings fertility of the upcoming spring. She is also a fire Goddess who rules over healing, inspiration, poetry and smithcraft. One tradition is to make Brigit a bed. This entails making a corn dolly to represent the Goddess in her maiden form and making a phallic wand and placing them side by side in a basket. The corn dolly is called a biddy. Another tradition is that a Priestess should wear a crown of 13 candles. Some do this to represent the young maiden bringing forth the light of spring and some traditions use this to represent the Mother, because it is the Mother Earth who is quickened at Imbolc.

Lore -
It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, tolight every lamp in the house, even if only for a few moments. Or you can light candles in each room. This is to honor the Sun's rebirth. If snow lies on the ground outside, walk in it for a moment and recall the warmth of summer. With your projective hand, trace an image of the sun on the snow.

Colors -
White, Yellow & Pink

Symbols -
Candles, The Bride, Burrowing Animals, Grain Dolly& Sun Wheels.

Deities -
God and Goddess as children, All Virgin Goddess'

Stones -
Turquoise & Amethyst

Ritual Oils -
Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli & Olive

Food -
Foods appropriate to eat on this day include those from the dairy, since Imbolc marks the festival of calving. Spicy and full bodied foods in honor of the sun are equally attuned. Also peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic and chives are appropriate. Spiced wines and dishs containing raisins, any food symbolic of the sun are traditional.

Ostara

(March 21st)

Spring Equinox falls around March 21st., also called Ostara, Eostre and Lady Day. It is a time when light & dark are in balance, but the light is conquring the darkness. Now the light has grown in strength & thus is the time to celebreate the balance in all things, male & female, light and dark, death and life, & also the balance withing ourselves. The Spring Equinox is the time when the Greek Goddess Persephone reamerges from the underworld and in doing so her Mother Demeter stops mourning her absence and starts the beginning of Spring.

Lore -
A traditional Vernal Equinox pastime; go to a field and randomly collect wildflowers. Be sure you thank the flowers for their sacrifice before picking them. Then bring them home and divine their magickal meanings by the use of books, your intuition, a pendulum or whatever other means. The flowers you have chosen, reveal you inner thoughts and emotions.

It is important at this time of renewed life to plan a walk through gardens, a park, woodlands, forest or some other green place. This is not simply exercise, and you should be on no other mission. It isn't even justan appreciation of nature, but makes your walk a celebration or ritual of nature itself.

Other traditional activites include planting seeds, working on magickal gardens & practicing all forms of herb work, whether magickal, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary or artistic.

Colors -
Green, Yellow, Pink and all pastels.

Symbols -
Eggs, New Moon, Butterflies

Deities -
Youthful and Virgile God and Goddess

Stones
Aquamarine, Rose Quartz, Moonstone

Ritual Oils -
Lotus, Ginger & Magnolia

Food -
Foods in tune with this day include those made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds and pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate as are leafy green vegetables. Flower dishes such as stuffed naturtiums or carnation cupcakes also find their place here.

Beltane

(April 30th)

      Beltaine means "bel-Fire", derived from the Celtic God Bel, which means Lord. Beltaine and Samhain are the two greatest festivals, the beginning of Summer and the beginning of Winter. Beltaine is the time when the Goddess and the God marry - a time when the Goddess changes from the maiden aspect to the mother aspect. Since fertility was a major part of this time of year, buring Beltaine, the maypole was constructed. The maypole is a large pole with a crown of flower and colored ribbons on the top. The pole is the male phallic symbol and the crown is female. Another feature of Beltaine festival is jumping over the fire. Beltaine is the Oak King sacrificial mating and resurection. He mates with the Goddess at this time & then at Midsummer is "overrulled" by his twin brother the Holly King.

Lore -
Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of the year. This represents the joining together of two substances to form a third, this is the spirit of Beltane. This is the union of the God and Goddess, the Sacred Marriage, all new life, fertility for all living things and the end of winter.

Colors -
Red, Green, White, Dark Yellow

Symbols -
Eggs, Flowers, Chalice, May Pole, Butterchurn, Flower Chaplet, & May Baskets.

Deities -
Marriage or sexual union of Deities, All Mother Goddesses.

Stones -
Sapphire & Bloodstone

Ritual Oils -
Passion Flower, Rose, Tuber Rose & Vanilla

Food -
Foods traditionally come from the dairy and dishes such as marigold custard and vanilla ice cream are fine.

Litha

(June 21st)

Midsummer or Litha is celebrated on or around June 21st, it is the Summer Solstice and the longest day and the shortest night of the year. It is a day to honor the sun as it is in its height of power. From now on, the light will begin to wane and the darkness will predominate. This is also the time of the Oak & Holly Kings. On Midsummer, the Holly King defeats his twin brother the Oak King and begins His annual reign. On Yule, the Oak King will defeat the Holly King and reign until Midsummer.

Lore -
Litha is practically the classic time two perform magick of all kinds. Healings, love magick and protections are especially suitable. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you are celebrating outdoors. Lep the fire for purification and renewed energy.

This time is the honoring of the Sun/God at his power. Also saying farwell to the waxing year and preparation for harvest. Honoring the pregnant Goddess and the beginning of the waning year.

Colors -
Blue, Green, Gold and Tan

Symbols -
Fire, the Sun, Blades, Mistletoe, Oak Trees, Balefire, Sun Wheels, Faeries

Deities -
Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Deities and Sun Gods.

Stones -
Emerald, Jade, Tiger's Eye, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond

Ritual Oils -
Heliotrope, Cinnamin, Sandlewood, Lavendar, Orange, All Mint Oils, Lemon and Saffron.

Food -
Fresh fruits are standard for this Sabbat. Summer squash, lemons and oranges, just to name a few.

 

Lughnasadh

(Aug. 1st)

       Lughnasadh, pronounced "Loo-nus-oo" is the Celtic festival of Lugh. Lughnasadh means the commemoration of Lugh who is a fire and light God. He is also a God that undergoes death and rebirth in a sacrificial mating theme with the Goddess. During this time, the Hlly King is the God that undergoes the death and rebirth. During this time, again make the corn dollies to represent the "dying" God and keep it until the following year when you burn it and make a new doll. Lughnasadh is the first harvest, Autumnal Equinox is the second and Samhain the final and third harvest. Grain and corn are predominate at this time because they symbolize the fertility and abundance of the Earth. The God is beginning to wane during this time and the Goddess is changing into Her crone aspect.

Lore -
This is the time to plant seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If they sprout, grown the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection with the God and Goddess.

Wheat weaving (make corn dollies and etc), is an appropriate activity for Lughnasadh. Visit the fields, orchards, lakes and well.

Honor the Parient deities, Honor the Sun Gods, Celebrating first harvest.

Colors -
Red, Gold, Yellow, Green, Orange & Citrine.

Symbols -
Corn, All Grains, Bread, Full Moon, Wheat.

Deities -
Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses.

Stones -
Yellow Diamond, Peridot & Citrine.

Ritual Oils -
Eucalyptus, Corn and Safflower.

Food -
The foods of Lughnasadh include bread, blackberries and all berries. Acorns, crabapples, all grains and locally ripeproduce. A cake is sometimes baked and cider is used in place of wine.

 

Mabon

(Sept.21st)

     Mabon is the name of the Welsh God who represents fertility in Welsh lore. Mabon is a time when both day and night are equal, not only is day and night equal but everything is in balance at this time. Mabon is also the time Oak & Holly King. Throughout the year they have challenged each other and then mate with the Goddess. At Mabon, the Holly King challenges the Oak King and wins, the Holly King rules until the Spring Equinox where the opposite occurs.

Lore -
A traditional practice is to walk in wild places and forests. Gather seed pods, and dried plants. These can be used to decorate the home and other saved for future herbal magick.

Celebrating the second harvest, balance, honoring the aging deities, honoring the spirit world, darness overtaking light & celebration of wine.

Colors -
Brown, Orange, Violet, Maroon, Russet, Deep Gold

Symbols -
Grapes, Wine, Vines, Garland, Gourds, Burial Cairns, Rattles, Horn of Plenty, Indian Corn & Sun Wheels.

Deities -
Wine Deities and Aging Deities

Stones -
Amethyst & Yellow Topaz

Ritual Oils -
Apple Blossom, Hay/straw, Black Pepper and Patchouly.

Food -
The foods of Mabon include grains, fruits and vegetables, especially corn. Cornbread is the traditional food as are beans and baked squash.

 

 

 

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Lunar Cycle/ Esbats

The Moon with it’s 28 days cycle is the symbol of the Goddess/ feminine. The moon is not just a lunar sphere to gaze at. It also controls the sea tides. The changing of the calendar seasons. For one the woman does have the same cycle every month. The Triple goddess aspects with the three phases the maiden ( waxing moon), the Mother (Full moon) and Crone (new/waning). More on the goddess is on the One’s Worship page!

This is why we celebrate Esbats or Minor Sabots. The moon is a great part of nature to understand and yes gaze to. The main moon that is celebrated is the full moon. This is the strongest time for spell making or psychic powers. There is also different named Full Moons for each Month of the Lunar year. (Even though for most years there is actually 13 full moon). The moon itself has four different phases which in the wiccan faith has different levels of energy for Magick making. The astrological correspondances comes into play also which are the zodiac sign constatation that is nearest to the Moon. This is also how a horoscope is determined. So the phase of the moon and the position of the stars can change the way your magick making and life works!

The Four Phases of the Moon cycle

The New Moon:
This is the period when the light of the Moon disappears, when there is no Moon in the sky. It is usually thought of as the period from three days before the New Moon until three days after it, and is generally regarded as a time of minimum energy, linked to the Crone Aspect of the Goddess, and a time for reflection and contemplation. The Spells chosen for the New Moon can be performed up to three days before and after the actual New Moon. These should be spells to symbolize change (or Major Change) within your life.
The Waxing Moon:
This is the period when the Moon is growing larger in the sky, but hasn't yet reached the Full Moon Phase. It starts from about 4 days after the New Moon, and lasts until three days before the Full Moon, and is generally regarded as a time of growing energy, usually linked to the Maiden Aspect of the Goddess. Spells to be performed during this time include positive change, luck, love and growth.
The Full Moon:
This is the period when the Moon has reached its Fullest capacity within the sky. It starts from about three days before the actual Full Moon, and lasts until about three days afterwards. Energy is considered to be at it's maximum, and is linked to the Mother Aspect of the Goddess. This is the perfect time for spells that increase psychic abilities and fertility.
The Waning Moon:
This is the period when the Moon is decreasing in it's size. It starts about four days after the Full Moon, and lasts until about Four days before the New Moon. Energy is considered to be parting, waning alongside the Moon herself, and is linked with the Crone Aspect of the Goddess. Now is the time to perform spells that involve reversing spells, banishing and releases (though not if they are against the teachings in the Rede 'An it Harme none, Do as Ye Will!')

More Detailed phases of the 28 days

Moon as Seen

Phase Name

Timing

Energy level

Correspondence

New Moon

Spans from the day of the New Moon until three days after

Minimum

Health, gardening and farming, job hunting, love, romance.

 

Crescent Moon

Spans from three days after the New Moon until the seventh day.

 

Starting to Grow

Change, emotions, animals, business.

 

Waxing Moon/

First Quarter

Spans from the seventh day until the tenth day after the New Moon

 

Growing Stronger

Motivation, luck, courage, friends.

 

Gibbous Moon

 

Spans from the tenth day until the thirteenth day after the New Moon.

 

Growing towards its Peak

 

Patience.

 

Full Moon

Fourteen Days after New Moon

Maximum

Change, decisions, children, competition, dreams, love, protection, money, self-improvement, healing.

 

Disseminating Moon

 

Spans from the third day after the Full Moon until the seventh

 

Beginning to Decline

 

Addictions, health, divorce, stress, protection.

 

Waning Moon/

Last Quarter

Spans from the seventh day until the tenth day after the Full Moon

 

Growing weaker

Change, obstacles, enemies, justice, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping theft

 

Waning Crescent Moon

 

Spans from the tenth day after the Full Moon until the eve of the New Moon

 

Declining towards its Minimum

 

Contemplation, reflection, understanding.

 

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Full Moon of the Year

January

Cold, Ice, Wolf Moon

Protecting children & purity

February

Storm, Quickening Moon

healing and empower

March

Chaste, Death Moon

healing, protection, prosperity

April

Awakening, Seed Moon

completing, spirituality

May

Flower, Grass Moon

love, healing, protecting, fertility

June

Strong Sun, Planting Moon

fertility and prosperity

July

Blessing, Rose Moon

any positive

August

Lightening, Corn Moon

protection, prosperity, magick for animals

September

Barley, Harvest Moon

Moon closest to Mabon

protection, prosperity, manifestation

October

Blood Moon

inspiration, protection, prosperity, spirituality, gain courage

November

Tree, Snow, Mourning Moon

healing, protection, driving bad spirits away, a time to work together

December

Long Night Moon

banishing, protection

Two full moon in same month

Blue Moon

Love, protection, fertility

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The Moons Astrological Correspondences

Moon's Position

Spell Correspondences

Indicated Healings

Astrological Correspondence

Moon in Aries

Authority, rebirth, leadership, courage, confidence.

Healing of the face and neck.

Good for starting things, but lacks staying power. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass.

Moon in Taurus

Love, money, romance, acquisition.

Healing of the neck and throat.

Things begun now last the longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to alter.

Moon in Gemini

Communication, writing, freeing of mind blocks, travel.

Healing of the arms, hands and lungs.

Things begun now are easily changed by outside influence.

Moon in Cancer

The home, honoring Gods and Goddesses.

Healing of the stomach and chest.

Pinpoints need, supports growth and nurturance.

Moon in Leo

Authority, courage, fertility, children.

Healing of the upper back, spine and heart.

Showmanship, favors being seen, drama, recreation, and happy pursuits.

Moon in Virgo

Employment, health, success.

Healing of the nervous system.

Favors accomplishment of details and commands.

Moon in Libra

Justice, unions, balance, artistry.

Healing of kidneys and back.

Increases self-awareness, favors self-examination and interaction with others.

Moon in Scorpio

Power, psychic growth, sex.

Healing of the reproductive organs.

Increases awareness of psychic power. Ends connections.

Moon in Sagittarius

Travel, sports, truth, honesty.

Healing of the thighs and liver.

Encourages flights of imagination and confidence.

Moon in Capricorn

Organization, ambition, career, politics, direction.

Healing of the teeth, skin, bones and knees.

Increases awareness of the need for structure, discipline.

Moon in Aquarius

Science, freedom, friendship, addictions.

Healing of the calves, ankles and blood.

Favours activities that are unique and individualistic.

Moon in Pisces

 

 

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Art, dreams, music, poetry.

 

Healing of the feet.

Energy withdraws from the surface of life, hibernates within, secretly reorganizing and realigning.

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