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Sabbat Calendar – Honoring the Wheel of the Year

Welcome to the Sabbat Calendar, your guide to the sacred rhythms of the Wheel of the Year. Here, we embark on a journey through the eight seasonal festivals that mark the ever-turning cycle of nature and spirit. Join us as we explore the ancient traditions, rituals, and symbolism of each Sabbat, inviting you to deepen your connection with the natural world and cultivate a richer spiritual practice. Let the Sabbat Calendar be your companion on a transformative journey of celebration, reflection, and reverence. These celebrations vary in different traditions, so feel free to adapt them to fit your own spiritual practices and beliefs.

Imbolc (February 1st/2nd):

  • Date: February 1st or 2nd.
  • Description: Imbolc marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It celebrates the awakening of the earth and the lengthening of daylight.
  • Celebration: Light candles to symbolize the returning light, clean and purify your home, plant seeds or bulbs to symbolize new beginnings, and honor the Celtic goddess Brigid.

Ostara (Spring Equinox – March 20th/21st):

  • Date: March 20th or 21st.
  • Description: Ostara marks the spring equinox, when day and night are of equal length. It symbolizes fertility, balance, and the awakening of the earth.
  • Celebration: Decorate eggs, plant seeds, have a feast with fresh spring produce, and perform rituals to honor the balance of light and dark.

Beltane (April 30th/May 1st):

  • Date: April 30th or May 1st.
  • Description: Beltane celebrates the peak of spring and the beginning of summer. It symbolizes fertility, passion, and the union of the god and goddess.
  • Celebration: Light bonfires, dance around the maypole, make flower crowns, perform rituals to honor fertility and abundance, and celebrate love and romance.

Litha (Summer Solstice – June 20th/21st):

  • Date: June 20th or 21st.
  • Description: Litha marks the summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. It celebrates the peak of solar energy and the abundance of the earth.
  • Celebration: Hold outdoor rituals, light bonfires, gather herbs and flowers for magical purposes, and honor the sun through meditation and gratitude.

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Lughnasadh/Lammas (August 1st):

  • Date: August 1st.
  • Description: Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, marks the beginning of the harvest season. It celebrates the first fruits of the earth and the sacrifices necessary for abundance.
  • Celebration: Bake bread using grains harvested from the earth, hold rituals to honor the harvest deities, make corn dollies, and give thanks for abundance.

Mabon (Autumn Equinox – September 21st/22nd):

  • Date: September 21st or 22nd.
  • Description: Mabon marks the autumn equinox, when day and night are again of equal length. It symbolizes balance, gratitude, and the second harvest.
  • Celebration: Gather and preserve fruits and vegetables, decorate your home with autumnal colors, hold rituals to honor balance and abundance, and give thanks for the harvest.

Samhain (October 31st/November 1st):

  • Date: October 31st or November 1st.
  • Description: Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It is a time when the veil between the worlds is thin, making it ideal for honoring ancestors and the dead.
  • Celebration: Hold a dumb supper to honor ancestors, carve pumpkins and light candles, leave offerings for the spirits, perform divination rituals, and reflect on the cycle of life and death.

Yule (Winter Solstice – December 21st/22nd):

  • Date: December 21st or 22nd.
  • Description: Yule marks the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year. It celebrates the rebirth of the sun and the promise of longer days to come.
  • Celebration: Decorate your home with evergreens and holly, light candles or a Yule log to symbolize the returning light, exchange gifts, hold rituals to honor the sun’s rebirth, and spend time with loved ones.