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The Christian Witch Wheel of the Year

In Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

Samhain: October 31 All Saints and All Souls Days: November 1st and 2nd, respectively The Christian celebration dates to the fourth century. It commemorates the lives of the saints and the people who have passed on. It was moved to November 1st by Pope Gregory III to coincide with Pagan celebrations. Common theme: Remembrance of our ancestors Ritual practice: The …

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The Wheel Of The Year

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

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 winter, midwinter and midsummer, and was perhaps linked to the …

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The Festival Of Imbolc

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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 first shoots might be seen in the still-frozen fields. One …

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Ostara, The Spring Equinox

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

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 of change. At the spring equinox, the Sun rises precisely …

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Beltane, The Festival Of Fire

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

  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 whether in sexual terms or for any cause; the …

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Litha, The Summer Solstice

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

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 Sun dances were an assertion of power and courage and …

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Lughnassadh

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

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 seeking immediate return; also spiritual transformation, renewal of the life …

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Samhain

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

 The 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 ageing and mortality This festival, recalled in the modern world …

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Winter Solstice

In Pagan Witches, Wheel of the Year by PaganGreen

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 mid-winter solstice pre-dates organised religion. When early humans saw the …