CELEBRATIONS & SABBATS
Esbat - A coven meeting that takes place on the night of the full moon.
Candlemas - Imbolc - Feb. 2 - The time of blessing and charging the seeds prior to spring planting, lighting candles as a token of the spark of life being held and regenerated.
Spring Equinox - Ostara - March 21 - The time of year when the length of the day and night are equal, the festival of rebirth of the earth after the winter’s death.
Beltane - April 30 - Festival of passion and fertility, lighting of bonfires to dance around to welcome the life fire within, dancing the May Pole.
Summer Solstice - June 22 - Longest day of the year, the time of power when the sun is strongest, the time for enjoying the first fruits of the season’s bounty. A time for asking for abundance,
making fertility magick so the harvest will be a fine one.
Lamas - July 31 - The beginning of the Harvest Season honoring grain and the other fruits of the harvest, the mystical symbolism of death and rebirth implied in the harvest.
Harvest Moon - The full moon in September, a festival honoring the harvest, a time of Thanksgiving and a reminder to save up all possible resources to last through the winter season.
Autumn Equinox - Sept. 21 - Time of year when the length of the day and night are equal, the Harvest Home or Thanksgiving festival.
Hallowmas - Samhain - Oct. 31 - The end of the Harvest Season, the beginning of the pagan winter season at which the dead are honored and put to rest, in some traditions, the New Year’s feast.
Winter Solstice - Yule - Dec. 22 - Longest night of the year, the Yule log reminds us that the fires of life are banked against the coming long sleep of winter, and that even though the worst of the cold days are yet to come, the sun is already returning from his journey south and making each day a little longer. A promise of spring even as winter begins.