There are 8 Sabbats, or days of power. Four of these are determined by the Solstices and Equinoxes. By Observing the Sabbats, Wiccans attune themselves to the Earth
and to their deities. They reaffirm their Earth roots. These are times of of real as well
as symbolic power.
The Goddess gave birth to a Son, the God, at Yule (21st December) The Winter Solstice
has long been viewed as a time of divine births. Yule is the time of the greatest
darkness and is the shortest day of the year. To Wiccans it is a reminder that the
ultimate product of death is rebirth.
Marks the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God (2nd February) Imbolic
is when the earliest beginnings of spring occur. This is a purification after winter.
It is also a festival of light and fertility.
This is the Spring Equinox (21st March) The Goddess blankets the earth with fertility
bursting forth from her sleep. On Ostara the hours of day and night are equal. This is
a time of beginnings.
Beltane has long been marked with feasts and rituals (30th April) Beltane marks the
return of vitality.
Midsummer, The Summer Solstice (21st June) At this time the earth is awash in the
fertility of the Goddess and God. Midsummer is the time for magic of all kinds. It is a
time when the powers of nature reach their highest point.
This is the time of the first harvest. (1st August) The plants of spring wither and drop
their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to lensure future crops.
The Autumn Equinox is the completion of the harvest begun at Lughnasadh. Once
again day and night are equal. Nature is reclining drawing back it's bounty ready for
Samhain, also known as November Eve, (31st October) is a time for reflection, of
looking back over the past year, of coming to terms with the one phenomenon of life
over which we have no control - death. It a time when Wiccans remember their
ancestors and all those who have gone before.
AND SO THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR IS COMPLETE
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