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January

New Year Ceremony
1st


The name given for the January Moon is, Wolf Moon, this is when shedding and cleansing takes place, the old year is released and the energy of the New Year is beginning. This is a time for releasing yourself from the past and starting anew.

There is a base pattern with this New Year Spell which allows you to personalize this spell in many different ways and create your own custom New Years Ritual that way. I've given the base pattern followed by ideas for alternatives in each case.

 The basic structure of this New Year's Spell is to use the 12 houses of the Zodiac like a clock face to place intentions for the 12 months of the coming year.

 For each clock position, we place a marker and evoke our intentions with a simple spell.

 Each clock position corresponds to one of the houses of the Zodiac, starting with Aries at 1 o'clock and finishing with Pisces at 12 o'clock.

 When the whole clock/year/zodiac is complete, we bless the whole thing altogether and let it become a symbol sphere, which makes it more than the sum of its parts.

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February
Imbole Ceremony
3rd-2nd

The name for the February Moon is, Ice Moon, this is a time for soul searching, for taking an inner journey. 

Also known as: Oimelc, Candlemas, St Brigit's Day.

As with all Old Tradition observances, this holiday is usually celebrated beginning at sundown on February 1 and continuing through the day of February 2. Imbolc means in the belly of the Mother because that is where seeds are beginning to stir as it is Spring.

Another name for this holiday is Oimelc, meaning milk of ewes since it is also the traditional lambing season in the old world.  Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year.

This holiday is especially sacred to the Celtic Fire Goddess, Brigit, patron of smithcraft, healing, midwifery, and poetry.  It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal.   The Maiden is honored, as the Bride, on this Sabbat. Straw Brideo'gas (corn dollies) are created from oat or wheat straw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young girls then carry the Brideo'gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from each household. Afterwards at the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearth are examined to see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen. Brighid's Crosses are fashioned from wheat stalks and exchanged as symbols of protection and prosperity in the coming year. Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom is place by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun.

A Covens High Priestess may wear a crown of lights (candles) to symbolize the return of the Goddess to her Maiden aspect, just as the Sun God has reached puberty.  Brighid's snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Ground Hog Day), and in many places the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth.  

 

The Christian religion adopted a number of these themes, as follows: February 1 became St. Brigit's Day, and February 2 became Candlemas, the day to make and bless candles for the liturgical year. The 'Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary ' adapts the Maiden Goddess theme. The alternative date of February 14 Old Candlemas, Christianized as Valentine's Day is employed by some Covens.

Symbolism of Imbolc:
Purity, Growth and Re-Newal, The Re-Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.

Symbols of Imbolc:
Brideo'gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid's Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs.

Herbs of Imbolc:
Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.

Foods of Imbolc:
Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.

Incense of Imbolc:
Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.

Colors of Imbolc:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown.

Stones of Imbolc:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.

Activities of Imbolc:
Candle Lighting (light Candles or lamps in each room of the house right after sunset for a few minutes to honor the Sun's rebirth), Stone Gatherings, Snow Hiking and Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo'gas and Bride's Beds, Making Priapic Wands, Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, and Bon Fires maybe lit.



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March

Vernal Equinox (Ostara)
19th-22nd

This Moon is referred to as Worm Moon, a time of new beginnings, and exploring new territory.

Vernal Equinox is considered one of the four lesser sabbats celebrated in the Witches’ Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year exhibits eight holidays with four greater and four lesser sabbats, all of which have great meaning to the individuals that celebrate the said holidays. Vernal Equinox is considered the time for planting seeds, both literally and metaphorically speaking. While it comes time to plants seeds in the garden, it is also a time to “plant the seeds of desired manifestation,” to begin new projects, and to put pre-made plans into action. Many of the Christian celebratory traditions associated with Easter are actually related to and derived from the pagan Vernal Equinox traditions. The name “Easter,” is rooted in the word ôstara which is “the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox” (“Easter”). The word “east” appearing in éastron, which is the plural form of ôstara, and suggests that Ostara was a Goddess of the dawn (“Easter”). For that matter, as a goddess of the dawn, Ostara is uniquely paralleled by other dawn goddesses like Aurora and Eos. Dan L. Ashilman asserts that Ostara is a Germanic Goddess, one that was adored in Denmark and Germany particularly. The celebration of Ostara also involved the celebration of spring and such celebrations include festivals and rituals.
The celebratory theme of Vernal Equinox relates to balance, to rebirth, to renewal, and resurrection. The symbolism that corresponds with this holiday has ancient origins as well: the symbol of what is now commonly understood as the Easter egg is actually a symbol of fertility and the birth of the cosmos. The egg is “a cosmic egg,” representing the sacredness of life and birth. The act of coloring eggs is considered an act of honoring Gaia, the earth mother Goddess. The rabbit is not only a symbol of fertility, but it is also an animal that is associated with the magical ability to dwell in two worlds; a rabbit hibernates beneath the earth, and returns upon the arrival of spring; thus, it is associated with the earth and the underworld. The Easter bunny also has pagan origins – there is a “Saxon legend” that tells of a story about a “humble rabbit that decorated eggs and presented them to Eostre to honor her”. Even the popular Easter egg hunts of today have a pagan origin: it is believed that to place eggs out in a field in the early months of spring is an act of “invoking the powers of fertility and [is performed] to enhance crop yield”. Along with eggs, egg coloring, the Easter egg hunt, and the rabbits, another common Easter symbol is also derived from pagan practices: the Easter basket. Today, Easter baskets are stuffed full of goodies and treats, but in ancient pagan traditions the Easter basket was actually a replica of the “bird’s nest,” and symbolized the preparation for the arrival of the new. Finally, Ostara is a holiday associated with many colors, primarily pastels, but yellow is the color that is the most significant to the holiday. Yellow, in terms of cardinal directions, is the color associated with the East, the returning of the sun, and the East symbolizes the rising sun, new beginnings, and renewal.

Spring Equinox is also associated with fertility, as everything begins to be reborn and grow in the spring. The egg is a symbol of fertility and tradition of coloring Easter eggs is actually an age old pagan tradition. Rabbits are animals that were believed to be loved by the Goddess Ostara, and they serve as fertility symbols as well; hence, the beginnings of the Easter Bunny! Modern witches celebrate Vernal Equinox because they believe that every aspect of the year and season has its proper time for being, that the world is a place of delicate balance and that the seasons are truly the heartbeat of the earth.




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April
New Moon The Ceremony
When the first crescent Moon of April is setting at evening you can being any ceremonys planed.


The name of this Moon is, Growing Moon, this is a time of gathering and growth, it is a time of starting things.
When the first crescent Moon of April is setting at evening, is the time for the ritual of your choosing.

 
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May

Beltane
1st


 

The name for this Moon is, Hare Moon, this is the time of nourishment, mentally, physically, emotionally, a time to pay attention to your needs and the needs of those you love.

Beltane is a Celtic word which means ‘fires of Bel’ (Bel was a Celtic Sun God). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.

The young horned God who the Goddess gave birth to on Yule has now matured into a man and will marry the maiden Goddess, after months of flirting since the beginning of Spring they will make love for the first time where the Goddess will become pregnant with the harvest to come. Beltane is primarily a fertility celebration.

On Beltane it is a celebration of the masculine and feminine union not just male and female but the masculine and feminine within us all and the balance between them. The light and dark within us. The sky and earth, the sun and moon. Yin and Yang.

It is customary to use a lot of reds and whites today as red represents the fertility of the female aspect and the white the fertility of the male aspect. A maypole is a tradition on Beltane the pole represents the male phallus while the streams represents the female wrapping around the pole. Fires should be lit to bring a prosperous year and summer, the fire is to worship the Sun Gods. Traditionally people should jump over a small fire to bring luck and fertility, when jumping the fire young unmarried people would for a wish of marriage; young wives to ensure fertility and couples to strengthen a bond. It is also customary to make flower garlands to wear on your head and daisy chains to wear as a necklace this will honor the Faerie folk as this is their day of celebration too.

Today we should light red and white candles and place Spring flowers on our altar such as daisies, daffodils and dandelions. Give thanks for all you have in life and make wishes for the future. If you can get any, burn hawthorn branches to bring you luck and prosperity.

Beltane is a celebration, it is a time to dance, be with friends, have a shared meal with family, drink and be merry. Celebrate life. Beltane is also a time for handfasting which is a Pagan wedding ceremony.

In the Southern Hemisphere today is Samhain as the seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. Happy Samhain to our Southern Hemisphere friends. 

Have a Blessed Beltane May the God and Goddess watch over you.


A
Ceremony for this can be found in the SundanceApproved eShop which can be found at the link at the top of this page.

 

 

 

June
Litha (The Summer Solstice)
19th-23rd


 

The Moon name for this month is, Mead Moon, this is the integration of the yin and yang within us all, it is a time of attunement and understanding.

The Summer Solstice is called Midsummer or Litha in some medieval and Craft traditions; and Alban Hefin or Alban Heruin in other Celtic and Druid traditions. In the mythical cycle, this is the end of the reign of the Oak King, and the beginning of the Holly King’s rule.

Today we celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is when all may absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is a celebration of fertility, not only for humans, but also for crops, animals and all beings at Litha

Some Craft traditions consider the Goddess Litha to be heavy now with pregnancy, from Her mating at Beltane. So we honor The Lady.

And The Lord is celebrated with the Sun at its peak in the sky; we celebrate His approaching fatherhood so we honor also to Him!

Litha is a time of great magical power. All forms of Sun magic are going to be amplified, and especially effective are spells for love, healing, and prosperity. This is also a very good time to perform blessings and protection spells for your pets and home.


A Ceremony for this can be found in the SundanceApproved eShop which can be found at the link at the top of this page.

 


 

July

Green Corn Ceremony (Late July Ceremony)

26th

 

The Moon of July is called, Hay Moon, a time to look at your life and to think carefully and make plans for the future, and to look at what you need to pay attention to.

This ceremony, held during the time of the Big Ripening Moon in late July/August, is a time of forgiveness and renewal, to awaken a sense of the sacredness of life. The Green Corn Dance or Ceremony was observed by many. Traditionally all wrongdoing was forgiven at this time, and sacred objects, such as medicine bundles, were renewed and displayed. Offerings and gifts for forgiveness are given by the guilty and are and must be accepted by those they were giving to, and a clean slat is blessed upon all guilty who choose the path to forgiveness.

The more festive part of the ceremony included singing and dancing, and was known as a puskita, although this eventually changed to busk in English. The busk was meant to show gratitude for the ripening corn and for the first harvest, and celebrated the community as they ate the first of the crop together. The late July moon is the perfect time to give thanks for the first harvest as we approach the Pagan festival Lammas.

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August
Lughasadh
1st

 

This Moon is called, Corn Moon, this is a time to lay to rest old hurts, and emotional pain that you have been holding onto that is excess baggage weighing you down. It is a time to release and move on, a time to be open and flexible.

For many domestic witches, finding time to celebrate the sabbats can be a challenge, even in the summer months. Between keeping the little witchlets busy and out of trouble, or schlepping them to camps and activities, or just trying to find the time to do all the usual things we have to do between work and home, finding time to fit in a sabbat ritual can be tough!

Many times we forget that honoring the seasons and deity do not have to be a huge celebration, full of casting circles, fancy rituals and huge feasts. Of course the sabbats can be one or all of those things, but do they have to be? Of course not. Honoring the change of season can be as simple as a candle lit, a prayer said, and a toast made. Just 5 minutes out of your day to reconnect with your beliefs, your deity and the earth.

For Lammas, I created a simple ritual that can be done alone or with family or friends, with minimal fuss, and in just a few minutes. Of course, feel free to use and/or change the words for your own private use.


A Ceremony for this can be found in the SundanceApproved eShop which can be found at the link at the top of this page.



September

Fall Equinox (Mabon)
21st-24th



 

This Moon is called, Harvest Moon, whatever you have started this is the time for completion, tie up loose ends, trim stray edges, pay attention to that which you have left undone. Look to the future with a clear conscience and a clean slate.

Mabon, also known as the Autumnal Equinox, is the last Sabbat of Wiccan Holidays or Wheel of the the Year. It occurs sometime around September 21st in the Northern Hemisphere(March 21st in the Southern). By definition, the Autumnal Equinox marks the second and last time both night and day are in complete balance this year. The physical reality also reflects into the spiritual as nature’s energies find perfect balance and completion around us.

The dark half of the year begins as the Horned One sacrifices the last of his energy back into the earth, bringing harvest crops to ripen. Soon these crops will fade beneath winter’s first frost and as the Great God passes, the Great Mother finds Herself returning to her aspect as the wise, dark Crone.

The Great Myth of Mabon

Mabon (“Great Son”) is named after a Welsh god of the Hunt. The myth of Mabon begins three days after his birth, when he is stolen from his mother Modron. Legend says he was eventually saved by King Arthur(other legends say he was instead saved by the Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, and the Salmon). Despite his circumstance, Mabon was also a happy captive within Modron’s womb where he could be reborn. There, the god drew strength and wisdom into his Otherworld(his myth is the masculine counterpart to Persephone while Madron corresponds with Demeter) as he prepared to live again.

The September Equinox is celebrated using the traditional symbols of the Harvest, many of things used to celebrate Thanksgiving. A short list of Mabon symbols include: Indian corn, wheat stalks, gourd, melons, apples, acorns grapes, colored leaves, corn dollies, cakes, breads, pumpkins and pies. Personally, I love to decorate the altar with fall-colored candles,cloths, wreaths and ribbons!

A Ceremony for this can be found in the SundanceApproved eShop which can be found at the link at the top of this page.



October

Sahmain

A Ceremony can and is to be performed for the Full Moon in October and at night, although not to late as midnight.

 

The name for this Moon is, Blood Moon, this is a compelling time to build, to begin, to create, to start something and flow into a new way of being, also a time to shed old useless habits.


You can wear a weapon as you like to emphasize the power that you have over those who are not of this world. Put three candles on the altar and five others of seasonal colors before the altar. A pentagram should be marked on the ritual area, centered on the spot where you will be sitting before the altar. It would be appropriate to place a pumpkin and some ears of corn to one side of the altar and a cauldron ( or suitable substitute ) on the other side. Put some salt and bread on the pentacle and a cup of wine. Use some incense liberally throughout the ceremony your doing.

A
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November

Dark Moon Ceremony
1st

 

 

This Moon is called, Snow Moon, this is a time to look at what makes you tic, and to reassess what it is that truly works in your life, and what doesn’t work. It is a time of honesty and reappraisal of everything you do and how you do it.

In addition to the eight Sabbats observed every year, most modern Wiccans and Pagans celebrate a regular Esbat, in which magic is performed and the gods and goddesses of the tradition are honored. Most covens and groups meet at least once a month, and time this ceremony so it coincides with the full moon. The word Esbat is of French origin, from s'esbattre, which loosely translates to "frolic joyfully." In addition to frolicking, this is a time to commune with the gods of your tradition. In some groups, the Esbat rite is followed by a Cakes and Ale ceremony. You may also wish to tie this in to Drawing Down the Moon.

A Ceremony for this can be found in the SundanceApproved eShop which can be found at the link at the top of this page.



December

Winter Solstice (Yule)
20th-23rd

 

The Moon for the month of December is called, Cold Moon, this is a time to cut away all that is unnecessary or extraneous in your life, just as dead branches are cut from a tree, or plants are pruned to help them grow new shoots. You cannot progress with excess baggage in the way of outmoded thoughts and ideas, be open to explore possibilities.

Solstice Blessings! As we prepare for Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and  Summer in the Southern Hemisphere, we are reminded to pause and honor this turning point within the cycles of Life.
Like our ancestors have done from the beginning of time, we honor the cycles and the seasons that remind us of the ever-changing flow of life that we are a part of~~~
Ritual acts give life meaning. They also honor and acknowledge the unseen web of Life that connects us all.
If you don’t have a community that provides this, don’t be afraid to create your own and reclaim your connection to the source of all life.
A simple act done with intention in your heart can be enough.

 

A Ceremony for this can be found in the SundanceApproved eShop which can be found at the link at the top of this page.