With Imbolc just past we have 6 weeks to go to our next Sabbat Oastra. YesterdayI talked about nurturting your relationship with Nature (and there for the Goddess and God) by being out in nature. Today I would like to talk about nurturaing your relationship with the Goddess and God by celebrating the Sabbats.
This will be thee briefest and most basic information.
The Sabbats are the 8 holidays in the Wheel of the Year. You will notice that a lot of themes for the holidays have trickled down into our present day celebrations of various holidays. This is another reason that being in the “broom closet” should you choose is so easy, because similar holiday themes are prevalent in many different religions. These are primarily based on Celtic holidays (though not completely) and other traditions may celebrate other days. The dates are definitely based on the Northern hemisphere so if you live in the southern hemisphere you will be shifting them by 6 months. After all it is silly to be having a harvest festival just as you are heading into planting season.
You will notice that there are the Solstices and Equinoxes ad then there are the Quarter days or Cross Quarter Days. These days usually fall at the astrological midpoint between the solstice and equinox. As we move through the cycle of the year we celebrate and mark the seasons along the way. The life of the God and the Fertility of the Goddess are mirrored in seasons.
Samhain, the Celtic New year. Now knows as Halloween and celebrated on October 31st, followed closely by Dia de los Muertos or All Saints day on November 1st.
Yule is the winter solstice or longest night of the year. It falls on or around December 21st.
Imbolc Feb 1st/ 2nd. The first hints of spring are here and the days are visibly longer.
Ostara, Vernal Equinox on or around March 21st it is the spring equinox or the time when day and night are the same length
Beltane, May day. may 1st
Midsummers day, Summer Solstice, Lithia the longest day of the year on or around June 21st
Lughnasadh, Lammas, 1st Harvest August 1st.
Autum equinox, mabon, 2nd harvest on or around September 21st.
Because we are about six weeks out for Ostara now is a great time to plan it. For help on Planning all your holidays check out this free e-course http://www.janetcallahan.com/archives/243 It comes complete with downloadable sheets to aid you in your planning.
ok I know that was just the tiniest post.