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The Sabbats

Samhain

Samhain: Pronounced sowen

The Wiccan New Year.

 Samhain is usually celebrated on October 31st, although some traditions choose instead to celebrate November 1st. During Samhain the veil between the worlds is thinner than at any other time, allowing for ancestors to visit with greater ease. It is a time for honouring the dead, celebrating the last harvest and signalling the end of the year. This festival has since become the vastly commercialised Halloween, but this enables those "in the broom closet" to blend in with their decorations and can mean some bargain supplies such as candles in the sales.

Traditions for Samhain include:

  • The Dumb Supper. This is is usually eating a meal in silence with a place set for visiting ancestors, an offering of food and their favourite foods being eaten. Alternatives include an offering plate of wildlife friendly foods to spread the next day and simply leaving a place spare.
  • Jack O Lanterns. Originally carved turnips, nowadays pumpkins are far more commonly used. Jack O Lanterns are used to ward evil from the door and protect a houses inhabitants. 
  • Wearing Masks. Masks and costumes were traditionally worn as disguises to help stop spirits and entities following people home or latching onto them during this time of thinner boundaries.
  • Burying a "witches bottle" on the property. These are sealed glass bottles or jars full of gathered sharp, rusty metal, salt, a piece of red ribbon or thread, a small lock of the owner's hair and are meant to help protect the household by taking in and breaking ill will aimed at them.
  • Decorating with dried autumn leaves, nuts, dried grains and dried squash or corn.
  • Visiting, tending to and leaving offerings at loved ones graves.
Yule
 
The Winter Solstice
 
 A time for family, chasing away the darkness of winter and looking forward to the rebirth of the Earth. Yule brings the rebirth of the Sun King and the transformation of The Crone into the Mother, who together will bring new life to the world. Greenery and bright colours are brought in to reflect the coming life of spring and candles lit to banish the darkness of the shorter days. Many Wiccans choose to combine this with Christmas to fit in with their families and friends, or to simply give Yule gifts and cards. 
 
Yule traditions include: 
  • Decorating with evergreen sprigs, sprays and branches.
  • Drinking cider and "wassailing" (singing to) trees, later walking the streets while singing.
  • Exchanging of food and handmade useful gifts.
  • Red, gold and green are good colours to decorate with, but silver can be worked in to honour the Goddess.
  • Mistletoe is both protective and representative of fertility. Be aware this is highly toxic to people and pets!

Imbolic

 Imbolic is derived from the Gaelic word "oimelc" which means "ewes milk". Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen. It is a time to celebrate life. Imbolic is the festival of the Maiden, it is the time she to prepares for growth and renewal.

Beltane

Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel. Belinos is one name for the Sun God, who we celebrate the coronation of. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and plants begin to thrive.

Lugasnagdh

Lughnasadh means the funeral games of Lugh (pronounced Loo), referring to Lugh, the Irish sun god. However, the funeral is not his own, but the funeral games he hosts in honor of his foster-mother Tailte.

Ostara

As 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.

Litha

On this longest day of the year, light and life are abundant. At mid-summer, the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne, he is also lord of the forests, and his face is seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks.

Mabon

Mabon, (pronounced mah-bon, ) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we pay our respects to the past season and the approaching new one. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.