PAGAN WHEEL OF THE YEAR
There are eight Wiccan holidays, and they are collectively called
Sabbats. "Sabbat" comes from the French word, "s'ebattre", which means
to rejoice, frolic, and revel. That is exactly what these days are for,
the joyous celebration of life and nature. Sabbats, are determined by
nature, not arbitrarily determined by people.
Yuletide - Winter Solstice - Festival of Sun Return (20th-21st December)
TRANSFORMATION AND REBIRTH
Celebration of the rebirth of both male and female deities sun and wren,
son and mother. Mistletoe represents fertility. Gifts are exchanged in
celebration of the re-birthing. The five pointed star represents nature
We create our own rebirth and renewal at year turn (sun return). We can
shape the work of the deities by dreaming the future into being.
Imbolc - Candlemass - Bride Day - Dawning of Spring (1-2nd February)
CLEANSING AND PURIFICATION
Spring cleaning prepares body and mind for a resurgence. A time of
budding sexuality and romance. A time of dedicating new dreams and
ideas, and of leaving the old behind. A time of poetry, reading and
We release ourselves from the burdens of past by cleansing our home and
detoxifying our body. We name and acknowledge the budding of the winter
dreams that are beginning to show.
Eostar - Spring Equinox - Festival of New Balance (20th-21st March)
Celebration of new life in egg and flower. A time of re-emergence from
the winter hibernation and incubation, of bursting forth with new
We renew touch wit our child self, allowing awe to move through us as we
celebrate just being. here and now. Beginning again, it is a time of
planting and of moving forward.
Beltane - May day Eve - Greenwood Marriage (30th April - 1st May)
ENERGY AND PURIFICATION
Joyful celebration of the magic of life and love. Creation and its
promise, abundance, freedom, sunshine. Fires of healing and cleansing
for purification and bounty.
A time for self healing. For celebration of the abundance in your life,
and the blessing and care of it, that it may flourish and grow.
Litha - Summer Solstice (20th-22nd June)
CELEBRATION OF NOW AND UNFOLDING FUTURE
Celebration of the fullness of flower and bounty to come, of contentment
and joy. Exploration at the height of summer light the movement of the
cycle of seasons forward.
It is time to celebrate your bounty, and consider how to extend it, and
build upon it in the future. The first moment of reflection on the
progress of the winter dreams that set seed and have begun to grow. How
can they be shaped to better effect.
Lammas - Festival of First Fruits - Lughnasadh (1st-2nd August)
RIPENING AND UNFOLDING
A time of rejoicing and celebration of the early fruits. The time of
fruiting is also the time that seed is set, immature and yet with the
promise and potential for future harvests
It is a time of assessment of the harvest, and of life; of how your
dreams and plans have evolved. A time to assure yourself that your
dreams are realisable and worthy.
Mabon - Autumn Equinox (20th-21st September)
THANKSGIVING AND BALANCE
A time of gathering fruits and harvest, of celebrating and preparing for
the dark time. Also it is a time to release the chaff, to let go of the
past, the unnecessary.
Give thanks for all the good on your life, for all that you have and all
you have accomplished in your life. And reflect, so that you can
relinquish the things that hold you down, hold you back, and unnecessary
or hindering your progress.
Samhain - Halloween (31stOct-1st Nov. )
DEATH BEFORE REBIRTH, BOUNDARIES BREAK DOWN
The dark time before Yuletide is that time of seething ideas, but ideas
too young and unformed to discuss or to share. A time of pulling in and
hunkering down and dreaming.
As the doorway to winter it can be a time of hard decisions. It is also
that fruitful magical time where all is possible, and dreams reign.