My A to Z Challenge theme is Wiccan Reads.
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All excerpts are from my current WIP: CRYING FOR MERCY
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Y IS FOR YEAR
YEAR: The Wiccan year is symbolized by a wheel with eight spokes corresponding to eight sabbats (solar festivals). The four Greater Sabbats—Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh—are held on fixed days of the year and are based on pre-Christian Fire Festivals. The four Lesser Sabbats—Yule, Ostara, Summer Solstice (Litha), and Mabon—are celebrated on the Equinoxes and Solstices.
IN A NUTSHELL:
- Yule – Winter Solstice. Shortest day, longest night. Celebrates the end of darkness and the return of light back into the world.
- Imbolc – Fire Festival: The Quickening.
- Ostara – Vernal Equinox. Celebrates the birth of spring.
- Beltane – Fire Festival: Fertility. The final spring fertility festival. Celebrates the peak of spring and the blossoming of life.
- Summer Solstice (or Litha) – Longest day, shortest night. Celebrates the life-giving properties of light and sun.
- Lughnasadh – Fire Festival: Harvest and Victory. Celebrates the first harvest and the decline of summer.
- Mabon – Autumnal Equinox. Celebrates the second harvest and the approach of winter.
- Samhain – Fire festival: Ends and Beginnings. Celebrates the Celtic New Year, the last harvest, the cycle of life, and spirits passed.
EXCERPT . . .
“We have holiday traditions too, you know.” Nate said, unable to suppress a sharp twinge of indignation.
“I realize that, but Wiccan Sabbats mark the eternal rhythm of life. For us, the year is a turning wheel, the cycle of the earth’s seasons from the birth of the sun at Yule—the winter solstice—to its growth and decline, and finally to its death at Samhain. The cycle begins again with the sun’s rebirth the next Yule. Sabbats help us realign our personal energies with those of the earth, Nate. They aren’t manmade holidays like the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving. These events have been marked since prehistoric times.
Beltane falls on May 1—just two days away.
This sabbat marks the beginning of the light half
of the year, when the sun is set free from winter
and once again rules over all life.
Do you have a favorite holiday?
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