Time: For three days from sunset on or around 20 December (20 June in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Rebirth, the return of light, the triumph of life over death, spiritual awakening, light in the midst of darkness, faith that the Wheel will turn and the life cycle begin anew. The[…]

Winter Solstice

┬áThe Festival Of Wisdom Time: Sunset 31 October-sunset 2 November (30 April-2 May in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Ancient wisdom, moving between the dimensions, the intersection between past and future and so a present that is not limited by time and space; welcoming the ancestors, confronting and overcoming fears of[…]

Samhain

The Festival Of The Corn Harvest This festival accords with many of Wiccan principles, especially the Threefold Law. Time: Sunset 31 July-sunset 2 August (31 January-2 February in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Willing sacrifice for the greater good, natural justice and karma, trusting the cosmos to provide by giving without[…]

Lughnassadh

Time: Three days beginning from sunset around 20 June (20 December in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Full potency, illumination, mysteries revealed; healing, the height of joy, fulfilment, the need to seize the moment. The summer solstice has been celebrated in cultures as far apart as Russia and North America, where[…]

Litha, The Summer Solstice

This Celtic festival of summer is also called Bel-fire, the festival of Belenus, Celtic god of light. Time: Sunset 30 April-sunset 2 May (31 October-2 November in the southern hemisphere) Focus: The fertility of the Earth, creatures, crops, people and animals; the instinctive energies that can be manifest as passion[…]

Beltane, The Festival Of Fire

Time: From sunset on or about 20 March for three days (from sunset on or about 21 September in the southern hemisphere) Focus: The triumph of light over darkness, resurrection, new beginnings and opportunities; spring cleaning and casting out what is no longer of worth; fertility and conception, the winds[…]

Ostara, The Spring Equinox

Time: Sunset 31 January-sunset 2 February (31 July-2 August in the southern hemisphere) Focus: New growth, melting the ice, bringing light into the darkness, the return of the Maiden Goddess This was the festival of early spring when ewe’s milk was first available after the long, cold winter and the[…]

The Festival Of Imbolc

You can add extra depth and significance to your rituals by carrying them out using the associated candles, crystals, herbs and incenses when the particular seasonal energies are at their height. Such seasonal empowerments will bring the related qualities into your life, to be stored for times when you need[…]

Using The Seasons In Magick

The Wheel of the Year, or Eightfold Wheel, is a magical and spiritual division of the year that may date back to the first agricultural societies. It was formalised by the Celts, although some historians believe that it was predated by an earlier threefold division that celebrated the beginning of[…]

The Wheel Of The Year

It may be that our very early ancestors mainly made love in the late spring/early summer when the energies of the Earth were rising and the days getting longer and warmer. In this way, the newly pregnant mother could benefit from an abundance of fresh food in the summer and[…]

Living By The Seasons

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