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Morrigan Mayfair

Wiccan Holidays

The 8 Sabbats

The Wheel of the Year
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SAMHAIN:

Also called: Halloween, All Hallows Eve, All Saints & All Souls, Day of the Dead
Dates: October 31, early November
Colours: black, orange, indigo
Tools: votive candles, magic mirror, cauldron, pumpkins, divination tools
Energy: death & transformation; Wiccan new year goddesses: Crone, Hecate
Gods: Horned Hunter, Cernnunos, Anubis
Rituals: honoring ancestors, releasing old, foreseeing future, understanding death and rebirth.
Customs: jack o'lanterns, spirit plate, ancestor altar, divination, costumes

WINTER SOLSTICE:

Also called: Yule, Jul, Saturnalia, Christmas, solar/secular New Year
Dates: around December 21 colors: red, green, white
Tools: mistletoe, evergreen wreath, lights, gifts, holly, Yule log, Yule tree
Energy: regeneration & renewal
Goddesses: Great Mother, Isis, Mary, Tonazin, Lucina, Bona Dea
Gods: Sun Child, Horus, Jesus, Mithras, Santa/Odin, Saturn, Holly King
Rituals: personal renewal, world peace, honoring family & friends
Customs: wreaths, lights, gift-giving, singing, feasting, resolutions

IMBOLC:

Also called: Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid's Day; merged with Lupercalia/Valentines Day
Dates: February 2, early February
Colours: white, red
Tools: candles, seeds, Brigid wheel, milk
Energy: conception, initiation, inspiration
Goddesses: Brigid, Maiden
Gods: Groundhog, other creatures emerging from hibernation; young Sun
Rituals: creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings
Customs: lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, cleaning house, welcoming Brigid

SPRING EQUINOX:

Also called: Ostara, St. Patrick's Day, Easter
Dates: around March 21
Colours: green, yellow
Tools: eggs, basket, green clothes
Energy: birthing, sprouting, greening
Goddesses: Ostara, Kore, Maiden
Gods: Hare, Green Man
Rituals: breakthrough, new growth, new projects, seed blessings
Customs: wearing green, egg games, new clothes, egg baskets

BELTANE:

Also called: May Eve, May Day, Walspurgis Night
Dates: April 30, early May
Colours: rainbow spectrum, blue, green, pastels, all colors
Tools: Maypole & ribbons, flower crowns, fires, bowers, fields
Energy: youthful play, exhuberance, sensuality, pleasure
Goddesses: May Queen, Flora
Gods: May King, Jack in the Green
Rituals: love, romance, fertility, crop blessings, creativity endeavors
Customs: dancing Maypole, jumping fire, mating, flower baskets

SUMMER SOLSTICE:

Also called: Midsummer, Litha, St. John's Day
Dates: around June 21
Colours: yellow, gold, rainbow colors
Tools: bonfires, Sun wheel, Earth circles of stone energy: partnership
Goddesses: Mother Earth, Mother Nature
Gods: Father Sun/Sky, Oak King
Rituals: community, career, relationships, Nature Spirit communion, planetary wellness
Customs: bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others

LAMMAS:

Also called: Lughnassad
Dates: August 2, early August
Colours: orange, yellow, brown, green
Tools: sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires
Energy: fruitfulness, reaping prosperity
Goddesses: Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother
Gods: Grain God, Lugh, John Barleycorn
Rituals: prosperity, generosity, continued success
Customs: offering of first fruits/grains, games, country fairs

FALL EQUINOX:

Also called: Mabon, Michaelmas
Dates: around September 21
Colors: orange, red, brown, purple, blue
Tools: cornucopia, corn, harvested crops
Energy: appreciation & harvest
Goddesses: Bona Dea, Land Mother
Gods: Mabon, Sky Father
Rituals: thanksgiving, harvest, introspection
Customs: offerings to land, preparing for cold weather, bringing in harvest

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