21st- Celebrating the rebirth of the Sun.
Also known as the Winter Solstice Actually, the mistletoe is originally
a Pagan tradition and not a Christian Christmas decoration. The tradition
stems from the Druids, when the Chief Druid cut the mistletoe from the
sacred oak during the Winter Solstice festival. The word Yule is derived
from an old Norse word Iul, meaning wheel. Long ago, the symbol of a wheel
was used to mark Yuletide with the idea that the year turns continuous
with the spokes marking the seasonal holidays and occasions. In celebration,
the altar is adorned with evergreens such as pine, rosemary, bay, juniper,
and cedar. Decorations such as cinnamon sticks and quartz crystals (icicles),
and fruits like apples, oranges, and lemons are hung from boughs of the
2nd- Also known as Candlemas this marks the
midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. It also marks
the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God during Yule.
It is tradition, after sunset, to light every lamp or candle in the house
to honor the Sun's rebirth. This is the time for Spring cleaning.
21st- This true first day of Spring is the
Vernal Equinox The days of light begin to grow longer than the nights.
A tim of renewed life. Tradition activities include planting seeds, tending
gardens, and working with herbs for all purposes. Flowers should be placed
on the altar and worn as well. Foods made of seeds, nuts, and leafy vegetables are eaten. Interesting dishes made with flowers are also made.
30th- This holiday celebrates the merging
of the Goddess and the God, and the passing of the Young God into manhood.
The symbol of Her fertility is celebrated as well. This is the time of
May Poles, representing the phallus of the God, while flowers and greenery
represent the Goddess. This has always beenmy favorite time for Handfasting
(Wiccan marriage) ceremonies. Beltane is usually celebrated in a forest,
or near a living tree. Weaving is popular at this time to join two separate
things into one.
21st- Also known as the Summer Solstice this
is the season is the perfect time for all kinds of magick and spells. The
powers of nature reach their highest point. Bonfires were leapt to promote
fertility, health, and love. This is the time of the longest daylight hours,
midsummer being the longest day of the year. Herbs for Midsummer are vervain,
chamomile, rose, lavender, daisy, carnation, and lily.
1st- This is the time for the first harvest
of the year. The Goddess sees the God lose his strength as the days grow
shorter, yet she knows she is with Child from the union at Beltane. The
holiday was not originally celebrated on this day. It was observed on the
day of the first reaping. We are reminded at this time that nothing in
nature remains constant. The fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for
the long winter months. The altar is adorned with wheat, oats, fruits,
and bread. It is also custom to plant the seeds from the fruit eaten during
21st- This is also the Autumn Equinox. This
is the time of the completion
of the harvest started at Lughnasadh. Day and night are equal once more
as the God prepares to travel toward renewal and rebirth from the Goddess.
Nature prepares for winter and the time of rest. It is traditional to walk
wild places gathering dried plants to be used for decorating or future
herbal magick. The altar holds acorns, pine cones, corn stalks, and various
31st- Also know as All Hollows Eve or Halloween
or Feast of the Dead. This is the time to bid the God farewell as he prepares
to be reborn of the Goddess at Yule. It is a time of reflection of the
past year, and the coming of our greatest change in life - death. Wiccans
remember their ancestors and loved ones past on. It is traditional to leave
a plate of food outside at night for the souls of the dead. A candle placed
in the window guides them to the lands eternal summer. Apples are buried
in the earth to feed those passed ones in their journey. Meat dishes are
eaten, as well as beets, apples, corn, and nuts. Late autumn fruits are
placed on the altar. This is also a perfect time for spells to rid ones
self of bad habits.