Wheel of The Year: Celebrating the Sun

January 31
February 1
Imbolc
Candlemas
Celebrates:
Marital Union
Fire of the home
March 20-22
Vernal Equinox
Eostar
Celebrates:
Conception
Rejuvenation
April 30
Beltane
May Eve
Celebrates:
Growth
Fertility
June 20-22
Summer Solstice
Litha
Celebrates:
The Longest Day
Fire
Passion Energy
August 1
Lammas
Lughnasadh
Celebrates:
The Pregnant Earth
1st Harvest
Rejoicing / Thanks
September 20-22
Autumn Equinox
Mabon
Celebrates:
2nd Harvest
Thanksgiving
Balance
October 31
Samhain
All Hallowe'en
Celebrates:
Final Harvest
Death of Vegetation
The Deceased
December 20-22
Winter Solstice
Yule
Celebrates:
The Longest Night
Unconquered Sun
Appeasement
Humility
Solar Eclipses

For everything you need to know about Eclipses:

sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html


Druidry & The Eightfold Scheme

Druidry recognizes eight phases during the yearly cycle which are broken down into four Solar Festivals and four Fire Festivals.

Solar Festivals:
Winter Solstice, Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox

The Solar Festivals mark seasonal changes caused by the sun and influence farming cycles. The Solar Festivals demonstrate our interconnectedness with the plant kingdom.

Fire Festivals:
Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas

The Fire Festivals are more associated with livestock cycles and represent our interconnectedness with the animal kingdom.


The Celtic Year

Current dates of Pagan Holidays:
www.waningmoon.com/guide/reminders.shtml

A deeper look at the Sabbats:
www.waningmoon.com/guide/wheel.shtml

The Celtic Year is divided into two halves, the dark and the light. Samhain (Oct 31) (meaning "summer's end") marks the beginning of the dark half of the Celtic Year while Beltane (Apr 30) (from "Beltaine" meaning "bright" or "brilliant fire") marks the beginning of the light half. These two phases are considered to be male.

The year is further divided with the celebration of Imbolc (Feb 1) and Lammas (Aug 1) each marking the halfway point between the dark and light halves. Imbolc means "in milk" and traditionally marked the lactation period of ewes and cows. Lammas, originating from the Saxon word "hlaf-mass", the Feast of Bread, marks the beginning of the harvest season. As these two phases are connected with pregnancy and fertility they are considered female.

Winter Solstice
Jol / Yule
Alas, the beginning of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. As Autumn turns away, so does the shortest day as we celebrate the longest night of the year. From this point forward daylight lengthens and the dark night recedes. Yule, meaning Wheel, marks a new cycle of becoming as a new year begins. It is fuelled by the cardinal energy of Capricorn bringing an excellent time for initiation and transfiguration.

Vernal Equinox
Ostara
The Spring Equinox occurs when the sun's rays in the Northern Hemisphere hit the Earth and the days and nights are of equal length. Fuelled with the cardinal energy of Aries, this is a time to celebrate the egg, new growth and rebirth.

Summer Solstice
Midsummer / Midsumarsblot
Known as Litha in Celtic Pagan traditions, the summer solstice is the commemoration of the Sun's zenith. In the Druid tradition the summer solstice is known as Alban Hefin meaning "The Light of Summer" or "The Light of the Shore." This is the longest day of the year, when the Sun attains full strength and the hours of light are as long as they will ever be. Within days of the solstice the sun's power will wane and the days will grow progressively shorter.

The Summer Solstice is one of three Spirit Nights of the year, the other two being Beltaine and Samhain. The veils between the worlds are exceptionally thin at this time allowing easy contact with Faeries, Spirits and the otherworld. This is an excellent time to cull magic and healing.

Autumn Equinox
Haustblot / Fall Fest
Here the day and night are of equal length. This is the beginning of the dark half of the year when darkness rules. A time of thanksgiving when we enjoy the fruits from previous seasons. Abundance and wealth are celebrated in the material plane. Fuelled with the cardinal energy of Libra, this is an excellent time for balance.

Cleansing the Body: Season to Season

Winter Spring Summer Indian Summer Autumn
Kidneys
Bladder
Liver
Gall Bladder
Heart
Small Intestine
Stomach
Spleen and
Pancreas
Lungs
Large Intestine
Water Wood Fire Earth Metal



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