Thursday, April 15, 2010

Beltane Witchs Sabbats Midsummer Summer Solstice The Wiccan Calendar

Beltane Witchs Sabbats Midsummer Summer Solstice The Wiccan Calendar Image
I decided to post the list of Sabbats, mainly because we have one coming up and for new comers, it is a great way to keep track of them.

The Sabbats are seasonal festivals which mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year and the cycles of nature. Most western pagans celebrate eight sabbats; the Summer and Winter Solstices, the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the quarter days or fire festivals - Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine and Lughnasadh.

The eight Major Witch's Sabbats are:

Samhain -- (October 31) This is considered the first day of the New Year for most witches and pagans. Also known as Halloween, this is also the day to honor loved ones who have passed away during the previous year. Because the veil is thinnest between the worlds of the living and the dead on this day, Samhain is a good day for divination. Colors for this day include black, purple and orange.

Yule -- (December 20-22, depending on when the solstice falls) This day is also know as the Winter Solstice. It recognizes the shortest day of the year, and symbolizes the death and rebirth of the sun, as represented by the God. Gift giving, decorated evergreen trees, holly sprigs, and of course, the Yule log are only a few of the symbols of this season. Yule's colors are red, green and white...

Imbolic -- (February 2) Also know as Candlemas or Imbolic, this holiday signals the end of winter's gloom and the anticipation of the coming spring for most witches and pagans. Candles to banish the darkness of the winter season are the symbols of this day. White and pastels are the colors for imbolic.

Ostara -- (March 20 -22, depending on when the equinox falls) This holiday, also known as the Spring Equinox, celebrates the newness of spring and the rebirth of life on the earth. Symbols of new life to come, such as seeds and eggs, take center stage on this day, and pastel colors are used as well.

Beltane -- (May 1) This holiday celebrates the joys of love and union, and honors the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess. For this reason, Beltane, also known, as May Day is an especially favorite time for handfastings, pagan wedding ceremonies, to be performed. Symbols of this day include any trinkets signifying romantic love, maypoles and flowers. The rainbow colors of the spectrum herald this day...

Midsummer -- (June 20 -22, depending on when the solstice falls) This holiday, also referred to as Summer Solstice or Litha, is the major solar festival, and recognizes the day when the longest day of the year and the shortest night. This is when the God is in his greatest glory and strength, but it also recognizes his impending and inevitable death. Bonfires and sunflowers are the symbols for this day, and all sun colors -- gold, orange, and yellow -- are appropriate.

Lammas -- (August 2) Also known as Lughnassadh or Cornucopia, this is the first festival of the harvest season. Symbols for this festival include the signs of harvest, breads, fruits and vegetables. The holiday colors are browns, dark golds, and reds. This is also a good time to harvest herbs for magical use.

Mabon -- (September 20 -22, depending on when the equinox falls) This holiday, the second of the harvest celebrations, and is celebrated much like Lammas. The symbols and colors are the same...

Major events for this year and historical dates.



o1: Birthday of folkorist Sir James Frazier, 1854

o13: Last of Austria's witchcraft laws repealed in 1787

o15: New moon

o19: Birthday of Dorothy Clutterbuck

o25: Birthday of poet Robert Burns, 1759

o27: Up Helly Aa celebration, Shetland Islands, Scotland

o30: Full moon -- Cold Moon at 01:18 am

o30: Birthday of Z Budapest, founder of Dianic Wicca

o30 - Feb. 2: Roman celebration of Februalia


o2: Imbolc

o2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere)

o12: Death of Gerald Gardner in 1964

o12 - 15: PantheaCon (San Jose, CA)

o13: New moon

o14: Valentine's Day

o15: Lupercalia

o18 - 21: Convocation (Detroit, MI)

o21: Birthday of author Patricia Telesco

o28: Full moon -- Quickening Moon at 11:38 am


o1: Matronalia, the Festival of Women

o1 - 31: Goddess Festival (Fayetteville AR)

o6: Birthday of "official witch of Salem" Laurie Cabot in 1933

o15: New moon

o20: Ostara

o20: Mabon (Southern Hemisphere)

o26: Birthday of author and folklorist Joseph Campbell

o28: Death of author Scott Cunningham in 1993

o29: Full moon Storm Moon at 10:25 pm


o6: National Tartan Day

o14: New moon

o16: Birthday of author Margot Adler

o22: Earth Day

o23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007

o28: Full moon -- Wind Moon at 8:19 am

o30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German witches


o1: Beltane

o1: Samhain (Southern Hemisphere)

o5: Cinco de Mayo

o9: Mother's Day

o13: New moon

o27: Full moon -- Flower Moon at 7:07 am


o1: England's Witchcraft Act of 1563 goes into effect

o10: Hanging of Bridget Bishop, first victim in the Salem Witch Trials

o12: New moon

o12 - 13: St. Louis Pagan Picnic (St. Louis, MO)

o13: Birthday of Gerald Gardner in 1884

o17: Birthday of Wiccan author Starhawk

o20: Father's Day

o21: Litha

o21: Yule (Southern Hemisphere)

o22: England's last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951

o26: Full moon -- Strong Sun Moon at 7:30 am

o27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956


o4: Independence Day

o11: New moon

o11: Solar eclipse, at 3:33 pm

o13: Birthday of Dr. John Dee in 1527

o19: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692

o25: Full moon -- Blessing Moon at 9:37 pm

o31: Birthday of author JK Rowling


o1: Lammas or Lughnasadh

o1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere)

o1: Birthday of medium Edward Kelley, 1555

o6 - 8: Dublin Irish Festival (Dublin, OH)

o9: New moon

o15: Birthday of Charles Leland, folklorist and author, 1824

o20: Birthday of author Ann Moura in 1947

o24: Full Moon -- Corn Moon at 1:05 pm

o31: Birthday of author Raymond Buckland


o8: New moon

o10: Birthday of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

o14: Birthday of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in 1486

o16 - 19: CWPN Harvest Gathering (Marlborough, CT)

o17: Television welcomes Bewitched in 1964

o21: International Day of Peace

o22: Fall Equinox or Mabon

o22: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere)

o23: Full Moon -- Harvest Moon at 5:17 am


o1: Birthday of Isaac Bonewits, founder of 'Ar nDra'iocht F'ein

o7: New moon

o12: Birthday of occultist Aleister Crowley

o18: Birthday of Nicholas Culpeper, noted herbalist, in 1616

o20: Birthday of Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary

o22: Full moon -- Blood Moon at 9:37 pm

o31: Samhain

o31: Beltane (Southern Hemisphere)

o31: Covenant of the Goddess formed in 1975


o2: Birthday of Wiccan author Sirona Knight

o6: New moon

o11: Veteran's Day

o21: Full moon -- Mourning Moon at 12:27 pm

o25: Thanksgiving day (United States)

o30: Birthday of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, founder of Church of All Worlds

o30: Festival of Hecate Trivia


o5: New moon

o17: Beginning of Saturnalia

o21: Full moon -- Long Nights Moon at 3:13 am

o21: Winter Solstice or Yule

o21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere)

o25: Christmas Day

o25: Feast of Frau Halle, Germanic goddess

o31: Festival of Hogmanay

Also try this free pdf e-books:

Ray Abrahams - A Modern Witch Hunt Among The Lango Of Uganda
Kate Dumycz - Female Power Witchcraft And Gender In Elizabethan England

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