• Do you imagine in pictures? Can you see in your mind with your eyes open or closed? Do you see color or black and white?
• Can you remember and re-experience sounds such as music or a song in your head? Can you recall conversations? Can you in fact hear them?
• Can you remember what something feels like to touch? Do you remember experiences through your emotions, either positive or negative?
• Can you remember and re-experience in your mind the tastes of foods that you like or dislike? Are there any foods that you remember by the way they feel in your mouth?
• Can you bring back the memory of an aroma? Can you remember a fragrance that is pleasing and comforting?
• Imagine a relaxed, positive and peaceful place in your mind that may be real or made up. Can you visualize it?
• Can you place yourself in the picture, experiencing the sounds, temperature, smells, or even tastes if there are any? What are you wearing? Are you holding or carrying anything?
• How does it feel to be in this place? If you can imagine a good feeling, take a comfortable long breath and let yourself enjoy this positive and relaxing feeling.
• Can you imagine being in the scene and looking through the eyes of someone there? If you can, raise your hand and feel their hair and describe what you feel.
• Look at their feet. What do you see? Are they barefoot or wearing shoes?
• What about the clothes? Long, short, silky, rough? How do they feel when you run your hands over them? How they feel as you are wearing them?
• What is the temperature there? Look around – can you tell what season it is?
• What do you imagine for smells? Food, fires for cooking or warmth, perfume, the scent of flowers?
• Do you experience the taste of anything? Remember that some scents or images, like lemons, can evoke a taste or a feeling in your mouth.
• What are the emotions connected with the scene? Happy or unhappy? Is there peace and plenty, or war and need?
• Can you now play and witch this scene as if it is a movie? If something is unpleasant, you can always come back to the surface of your conscious mind.
• Play the scene in your mind, looking around 360 degrees – what is going on around you? Is there something you should be doing right now? Perhaps you are making something like a meal or pottery? Maybe you have something in your hand, is it humble or ornate?
• How do you feel as you play and watch the scene? Perhaps the pride of an artisan in his or her craft? Maybe there are children or animals requiring your attention? Are you hungry or well fed, clean or grimy, striving or subjugated?
John William Waterhouse
Eight Sabbats comprise the Wheel of the Year. The Sabbats are solar, seasonal and represent the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. These days are Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltain, Litha, Lughnasadh, and Mabon. Sabbats are celebrated in honor of the God, since it is His sacrifice of birth, life, death and rebirth that are represented by the Sabbats.
Esbats are the celebration of the 13 full moons that occur every year. The Esbats are lunar and represent the Goddess at her height of power. These are the times when Her magic is more potent than on any other day of the month. To see a list of the dates for the Full Moons, visit the Reference page.
Other Names: Witch's New Year, Summer's End, All Hollow's Even
Northern Hemisphere Date: April 30 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Southern Hemisphere Date: October 31 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: The Lord dies and awaits his rebirth at Yule
Related Holiday: Halloween
Colors: Orange & Brown
Symbols: Fall fruits
Notes: This is the day that the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is at its thinnest. This is a good time for divination. At dinner, remember to set a place for your loved ones that have past this year. Leave an offering of food and drink on your door step for those souls that may still wander.
Other Names: Winter Solstice
Northern Hemisphere Date: December 21 (there about)
Southern Hemisphere Date: June 21 (there about)
Celebration of: The Goddess gives birth to the God
Related Holiday: Christmas
Colors: Purple or Dark Green
Symbols: Holly, mistletoe, pine branches, pine cones, wreath
Notes: Shortest day of the year. Yule log is decorated with evergreen & holly strands before being lit at sunset and is burned until sunrise. Celebration of family and friends. Celebration of peace, love and positive energy.
Other Names: Imbolq, Olmeic, Candlemas, Brigits Day, Bride Day
Northern Hemisphere Date: February 2 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Southern Hemisphere Date: August 2 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: The God is a young child growing in size and strength
Related Holiday: Valentine's Day
Colors: Pink or Pale Green
Symbols: The Candle Wheel, Evergreens, Willows, Grain Dolly
Notes: First planting of spring. Ritual fires are burned. A time for birth, healing and inspiration. This is a popular time for vows of dedication or consecration.
Other Names: Spring Equinox, Eostre
Northern Hemisphere Date: March 21 (there about)
Southern Hemisphere Date: September 21 (there about)
Celebration of: The God and Goddess begin their courtship
Related Holiday: Easter
Colors: Light Green
Symbols: Spring flowers
Notes: Light overtakes the dark. Rebirth of life. Contemplate new beginnings and fresh ideas. Serious mediation on your hopes and dreams for the coming year. Solar festival of fire, light, and fertility.
Other Names: Beltane, May Eve, May Day, Samradh
Northern Hemisphere Date: May 1 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Southern Hemisphere Date: November 1 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: The Lord and Lady consummate their relationship
Colors: White, Red and Pink
Symbols: Spring flowers (especially the rose).
Notes: Fire and fertility festival. Jumping over the balefire was said to insure protection. Dance around the May Pole. Ring bells to scare away bad spirits. Time for appreciation and affection for all that you have been given in your life. End of spring planting. A time for new beginnings, concepts and ideas.
Other Names: Summer Solstice, Midsummer
Northern Hemisphere Date: June 21 (there about)
Southern Hemisphere Date: December 21 (there about)
Celebration of: The Goddess is pregnant with the God
Related Holiday: Feast of John the Baptist
Colors: White and Pale Yellow
Symbols: Spear (God) and Cauldron (Goddess). Summer flowers, St. John's Wort, birch, white Lilly's
Notes: Longest day of the year. The God is at his peak strength. Midpoint of the year. Light large bonfires after sundown. Peak of magickal power. Remember that nothing lasts forever. Celebrate abundance, fertility, virility, beauty, and the bounty of our earth. Good time for handfasting, workings for empowerment and consummation.
Other Names: Lammas, Lughnasad, Lugnassad, Lunasa
Northern Hemisphere Date: August 2 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Southern Hemisphere Date: February 2 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: A Festival of not only life and bounty, but of harvest and death, the complete cycle of life.
Colors: Gold and Bright Yellow
Symbols: Summer flowers, nuts and grains
Notes: Fire and light festival. First grain harvest. Feast dedicated to Earth Mother. Count your blessings.
Other Names: Autumn Equinox, Harvest Home, Pagan Thanksgiving
Northern Hemisphere Date: September 21 (there about)
Southern Hemisphere Date: March 21 (there about)
Celebration of: The God now sleeps within the womb of the Goddess
Colors: Dark Brown and Red
Symbols: Harvest Foods
Notes: Second harvest festival. Celebration of thanks for the crops that were harvested. Dark overtakes the light.
Yoke your swift chariot
drawn by bull-slaying lions and,
O Mighty Goddess
Who brings things to pass, join our prayers.
Many named and reverend,
You are the Queen of the Sky.
In the cosmos,
Your throne is above all others,
For You are Queen of the Earth.
You give gentle nourishment
To us mortals.
Goddesses, Gods and mortals
Were born of You,
And You hold sway
Over the rivers and all of the sea.
Hestia, Gaia, Demeter,
Inanna, Isis, Astarte,
Ishtar, Persephone, Diana,
Giver of prosperity
Who bestows upon mortals
All manner of gifts.
Come to this Rite,
Queen whom the drum delights.
Honored and loving Nurturer of Life,
Joyfully and graciously
Visit our deeds of piety.
And full of lovely song;
Many shaped and noble
Nurturer of all,
Maiden and youth in one,
You vanish and grow
Again in the fair seasons' turn.
Kurnunnos, Pan, Myrddhn,
Two horned Spirit
Of growth and blooming;
Much loved and wept for are you,
O Fair and Youthful
Hunter of the luxuriant mane.
Desire is in Your mind and
You come to the Goddess
In reverence and respect,
In sensuous joy is
Your desire fulfilled.
You are the seed planted
In the depths of the Underworld
That springs forth,
The Green God,
That we may sustain our lives.
You sacrifice Yourself
When you are grown.
Come Kind-Hearted One,
Come Blessed God,
And bring much joy to all.