The date varies from December 20 to December 23 depending on the year in the Gregorian calendar. Yule is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere due to the seasonal differences. Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider. The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the Solstice festival. A different type of Yule log, and perhaps one more suitable for modern practitioners would be the type that is used as a base to hold three candles. Many customs created around Yule are identified with Christmas today. Deities of Yule: All Newborn Gods, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses, and Triple Goddesses. Incense of Yule: Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.
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Wicca Sabbat LughnasadhAt Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it's time to celebrate the first harvest of the year, and recognize that the hot summer days will soon come to an end. The plants of spring wither and drop seeds to ensure future crops. Grains are ready to be harvested and the fruits are ripe for picking. We can give thanks for the food on our tables. Lughnasadh means the funeral games of Lugh (pronounced Loo), referring to Lugh, the sun god. However, the funeral is not his own, but the funeral games he hosts in honor of his foster-mother Tailte. As autumn begins, the Celtic Sun God enters his old age, but is not yet dead. The Christian religion adopted this theme and called it 'Lammas ', meaning 'loaf-mass ', a time when newly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar. Traditional Foods: Apples, Grains, Breads and Berries. Herbs and Flowers: All Grains, Grapes, Heather, Blackberries, Sloe, Crab Apples, Pears. Incense: Aloes, Rose, Sandalwood. Sacred Gemstone: Carnelian. Blessed Be! Lammas Rite
A Year of Wiccan Sabbat RitualsAs the Wheel of the Year turns and the eight Wiccan Sabbats pass by, many people like to celebrate with special ceremonies and rituals. Learn about the different Sabbats, what they mean, and how you can celebrate with your group or as a solitary practitioner. Samhain Celebrate the Harvest's End. Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter. Yule Family Yule Log Ritual. Imbolc Honoring Brighid (Group Ritual). Ostara Spring Ritual for Solitaries.
Pagan and Witchcraft Holidays., Yule RitualWinter Solstice Ritual Tools: In addition to your usual m'jyk-l tools, you will need: A Green Altar Cloth A Cauldron w/Lid or Cover Plate Holly Sprig Wreath Mistletoe Sprig Wreath 12 Low Vibration Stones (flat oval river rock work well) 1 Black Votive Candle, 1 Green 12" Taper Candle, 1 White 12" Taper Candle, 1 Gold (12hr) Pillar Candle Pine Incense Bowl of Water w/ Pine Sprig in it Plate of Sand Athame Other Personal Items of choice Preparation: This ritual showed be performed right after sunset. About an hour before, sweep area moving in a deosil manner. Yule symbols such as Poinsettias, Pine Cones, and even a decorated Yule Log nearby (if too big for altar) adds to the ambiance. Cast circle by envisioning flames of Yule colors red, green, and gold coming up between the stones. "From the darkness is born the light, From void, fulfillment emerges... Take the lid/plate off the cauldron and light the black votive candle inside. Light the pine incense and place on Pentacle/Center Plate.
Wicca Sabbat MabonMabon Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, September 21st Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops. Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. Symbolism of Mabon: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance. Symbols of Mabon: wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty. Foods of Mabon: Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions. Holidays Index Main Index
MabonMabon, or Autumn Equinox, is one of the solar festivals on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. In the Wicca calendar, this festival falls near September 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, and March 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. Equinox means "equal night." As with all spiritual matters, we must ask: "What does this mean, symbolically?" Mabon Books Autumn Equinox Books Wheel of the Year Wiccan Sabbats Mabon: A Celebration of Balance The Equinoxes demonstrate balance, the breathing of life through contraction as well as expansion. Here on Earth, the Light and the Darkness dance together, co-creators. This is what the Energy Field Barometer column talks about this month. At this festival, it is a perfect time to examine how balance is playing out in your life. Are you balancing work with play and rest? This is a good time to fine-tune and aim for balance. How do we achieve balance, or equanimity in times of stress? We can follow the example of the Earth . . . The Joy Of Surrender Letting Go Into Death
n, Pagan and Witchcraft Holidays., March 21st, OstaraAs Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals. The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit. The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. Traditional Foods: Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Herbs and Flowers: Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers. Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type. Sacred Gemstone: Jasper Main Index
Wicca Sabbat BeltaneMany Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Beltane. It is one of eight solar Sabbats. This holiday incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). Some traditions celebrate this holiday on May 1 or May day, whiles others begin their celebration the eve before or April 30th. Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole -- namely, the death-affirming cross. The May pole was a focal point of the old English village rituals. Blessed Be!
LammasThe Beginning of the Harvest: At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest. Celebrating Grain in Ancient Cultures: Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. A Feast of Bread: In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas -- it meant that the previous year's harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. Honoring Lugh, the Skillful God: Celebrating Lammas Today: Honoring the Past