Northern Spirits Coven of Witches

A Nature Based Religion Following The "Old Traditions"

Sabbats

                     THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

  March Sabbat
        
 
OSTARA 
March 21st
 
Ostara coincides with the spring equinox and marks the beginning of spring.  This is also the day when light and darkness are of equal length.  The Goddess is clad in all her finery and the God, as he moves through nature, leaves trails of green in his wake.  At this time the Goddess and God are aware of one another and their ability to procreate through union, an awareness that culminates in consumation at Beltane.  Now is a time to tend your garden, to nurture the seedlings that germinated from the seeds you planted - bothe spiritually and physically. 
 
 
 
 May Sabbat

  BELTANE
  May 1st

 The God has reached manhood.  The God and the Goddess fall in love and consummate their union.  The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God.  During Beltane, Withches will celebrate by dancing around a maypole during festivities.  The pole is symbolic of the God (phallic symbol) whilst the greenery and ribbons are symbolic of the Goddess.  During Beltane, Witches celebrate the fertility of nature.
 
June Sabbat

Litha

 

Litha is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependent upon the Earth?s rotation around the Sun.  According to the old folklore calendar, Summer begins on Beltane (May 1st) and ends on Lughnassadh (August 1st), with the Summer Solstice midway between the two, when the Sun?s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.  The most common other names for this holiday are the Summer Solstice or Midsummer, and it celebrates the arrival of Summer, when the hours of daylight are longest.  The Sun is now at the highest point before beginning its slide into darkness.

 

The Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play.  It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come.  Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun?s warming rays and it is another fertility Sabbat, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals.  Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane?honor is given to Her.  The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood?honor is also given to Him.  The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings?such as food or herbs?for them in the evening.

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