Sabbats & Esbats
are 8 Sabbats that make up 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.
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 magick is more potent than on any other day of the month. To see a list of the dates for the Full Moons, click here.
Other Names: Witch's New Year, Summer's End, All Hollow's Even
Date: October 31 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: The Lord dies and awaits his rebirth at Yule
Related Holiday: Halloween
Orange & Brown
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
Date: December 21 (there about)
Celebration of: The Goddess gives birth to
Related Holiday: Christmas
Purple or Dark Green
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
Other Names: Imbolq, Olmeic, Candlemas, Brigits Day, Bride
Date: February 2 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: The God is a young child growing in size and strength
Related Holiday: Valentine's Day
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
Other Names: Spring Equinox, Eostre
Date: March 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
Date: May 1 (Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter)
Celebration of: The Lord and Lady consummate their relationship
White, Red and Pink
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
Date: June 21 (there about)
Celebration of: The Goddess is pregnant with the God
Related Holiday: Feast of John the Baptist
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
Date: August 1 (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
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
Date: September 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.