Here, Wiccan holidays will be explained for a Wicca beginner. Sabbats and Esbats are the core of the Wiccan religion. They are our religious festivals.
There are eight Wiccan Sabbats total; four major and four minor. These Sabbats together comprise the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Wiccan holidays follow the cycle of the seasons and celebrate the phase that Mother Earth is going through.Click on the link of each holidayfor a more in-depth look and the wiccan rituals to help you celebrate them.
Imbolc, or Candlemas, is the moving from darkness to light; a great time for candle magic.
Beltane is the welcoming of summer.
Lammas, or Lughnasadh, encourages us to enjoy the harvest after a long hot season of growth.
Samhain, All Hallows Eve,or Halloween, is a time to leave behind the fiery energy of summer and embrace the cooler journey inwards of autumn.
Ostara, or Vernal equinox, finds spring dressed in its full regalia and our minds, like the fields, are fertile.
Midsummer, Summer Solstice,or Litha, rejoices in the Sun god blazing at the height of his power.
Autumnal Equinox, or Mabon, is the harvest festival with the largest bounty. Crop production is in full swing.
Winter Solstice,or Yule is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, making this night as the birthday of the Sun even more poignant.
We also celebrate the phases of the moon with gatherings called Esbats. The full moon is a time to honor the Goddess energy at it's peak.We have just come from the waxing time of the moon which a time of drawing blessings towards us, so this is a time of thanks. Healings are done at this time and we also can consecrate wiccan supplies to magical use.During circle, we like to educate members by discussing moon lore or basic Wicca beliefs, sharing rituals to add to our book of spells, or even reviewing new witchcraft books. Whatever you do on an Esbat is up to you, but the focus is on the goddess. Because of this, in a group setting, men should not lead these circles.The dark moon, or new moon, is a time for banishing the unwanted from your life. The moon has just gone through its waning phase and the peak of this dark energy is now.A word of caution: please add "an it harm none" after your all of your wiccan spells, especially those for banishing, so your spells do not accidentally have a negative impact on those around you.Sabbats are a fabulous way to reconnect to the rhythm of life and to feel the power and peace that comes with it.
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