Monday, October 20, 2008

The Wicca Calendar

By A. Bachman

When practicing wicca, it's important to know the wicca calendar in order to practice the correct rituals during the correct time of the year. These wicca holidays are normal pagan holidays in which rituals are done. This wicca calendar explains what and when the different holidays are. Use this wicca calendar in order to know when to worship and perform rituals. You may also wish to find specific rituals for specific holidays.

The Great Festivals Or Sabbats:

Hallowe'en, also known as Samhain is usually observed on October 31st. The most accurate time to observe Samhain is the full moon before October 31st, however, it is more convenient for people to observe on October 31st with the fast paced world today. Samhain is the time of the year that all of the souls and spirits in this world cross over to the other world. This is why we wear costumes today.

Lady Day, or Candlemas is celebrated on February 2nd. This holiday is in celebration and hopes of the return of life. It is about celebrating the return of spring in the near future. The return of new life. This is a request for spring to come quickly so that plants and food can be planted and grown again. This is also a holiday for the maiden goddess to be welcomed back to the land, the homes, and the temples.

May Eve, or Beltane is celebrated on May 1st. Beltane is observed to celebrate the return of the warmth and the sun. In ancient times, this was the time when herds were taken back to the mountains in order to graze on grasses. Bonfire were often seen across the landscape from one house hold and town to the next. Beltane marks the halfway mark of the suns journey between spring equinox and the summer solstice. This used to be celebrated as the beginning of the new year.

August Eve, or Lammas is celebrated on August 1st on the wicca calendar. This holiday is observed and celebrates the first fruits of the harvest and is the first holiday in the waning of the year. Lammas is a celebration of harvest and food and abundant growth.

The Lesser Festivals Or Sabbats Of The Wicca Calendar:

The Rite For Spring is celebrated on the first day of spring. This holiday is exactly as it's name implies on the wicca calendar, the first day of spring. It is observed on the day of the spring equinox and is observed because it marks the first day that there are more hours of day light than of darkness. It is the rite of birth and the beginning of the harvest year. It ends the long, cold winter and darkness.

Midsummer's Day is the first day of summer. This holiday is celebrated on the day of the summer equinox. It is the longest day of the year and marks the middle of the season cycle. After this day, the days begin to get shorter and the nights get longer.

The Rite For Fall is the first day of fall and is celebrated on the day of the fall equinox. This represents the point at which the nights start to become longer than the days. This is the last day of the year that the day light hours are longer than the nights. This also represents the beginning of the cold, dead season. Harvests are over and winter is on it's way. This is time for reflection and contemplation on what is to come.

Yule is the first day of winter, or the winter solstice. This is the holiday that the modern Christian Christmas replaced. Yule is the longest night of the year. It is a celebration of the beginning of the end of the cold season and the movement back toward light and warmth on the wicca calendar.

This is a basic outline of the wicca calendar. If you want to learn about rituals and rites done on these holidays, or more about what each holiday represents, you will have to do more research. The scope of that topic is much more than can be covered here.

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