The 8 Magical Holidays
The ancient magical and mystical traditions at all times were meant to glorify of nature, which was the basis of the magic and the basis of all life on earth. Rituals of worshiping of Mother Nature and her glorification are called - Sabbat. Sabbat - a magical holiday when one season is being replaced by another season.
The celebration of these holidays and holding of the rituals gives people the opportunity to tune into the transition from one season to another and feel the rhythms of nature, which bind us to our ancestors.
In total there are 8 Sabbats:
Samhain / October 31
Samhain – is one of the magical holidays. This ritual feast comes from Ireland and Scotland, as well as those countries that are in ancient centuries were inhabited by Celtic tribes.
The Celts celebrated the New Year on November 1st, and the day before - on October 31, they celebrated the feast of Samhain. According to legend, the lord of the dead - the prince of hell, was free from hell only for one night, so all the dead people, demons and monsters were also free only for one night. It is because of the Samhain we celebrate today the feast of Halloween, or rather the Day of All Saints and are keeping the custom to wear a suit, in order to hide their true identity.
Yule / December 21
Yule – is one of the magical holidays and the feast of the wheel turning of the Year from darkness to light. It is also the longest night and shortest day of the year. Yule - one of the Lesser Sabbats, which marks the birth of the Sun and the Sun God. Yule Night - is the longest night of the year. Yule - it's time to look back and look forward. It is the time to analyze your successes and achievements as well as to make plans for the future. Try to spend the holiday with your family. The main theme of any Yule ritual - is the birth of the solar baby.
Modern pagans welcome God and celebrate the change of motion of the sun across the sky. Also at Yule traditionally conducted rituals in honor of harmony, love, friendship, success, luck and joy, rituals of harmony and peace in the house. While celebrating Yule, do not forget also about the usual Christmas and New Year customs - to dress up a Christmas tree, decorate the house with candles and garlands, wreaths of holly and mistletoe. Yule is considered to be the ancestor of the modern Christmas.
Imbolc / February 1
For a young witch, Imbolc may be the most exciting holiday. This is the time when every witch can become a priestess. Everyone can see and feel the first touch of spring. This is a time of new beginnings, creativity and purification.
Generally, Imbolc – is also one of the magical holidays and is the festival of poets. Perhaps one of the most outstanding traditions of this holiday - is a Bride doll. This doll – is a symbol of the fertility. She dressed like a beggar, or like a queen - the value remains the same. At Imbolc you have to put her to bed with a piece of wood in the shape of a penis (or rod), and next to her bed have to leave a candle burning all night. Later you have to bury the doll into the ground. Such traditions are still practiced and perfected in places where there is an active movement of the heathen.
Ostara / March 21
The Ostara's day and night are equal in duration. Witches on this day revered the great Harmony, thanks to which the night gives way to day, and the darkness gives way to light. In this holiday winter, finally, gives way to spring. At this time, the ancient tribes of Europe were honored Oster - the Goddess of the Spring, which keeps the egg in her hand and is looking at the rabbit that is playing near her bare feet. Witch releases the egg content out of the shell and then colors the shell with bright colors.
Beltane / April 30 or May 1
Beltane - is usually celebrated on April 30 or May 1 is also known as Yule May and the Walpurgis Night. Beltane is one of the major holidays of Fire. This day marks the transition from the cold months to the warm months of the year. It is believed that on this day the spirits and demons closest to man, and you only need to use this wisely. Beltane celebrates the symbolic union, the marriage of male and female aspects of divinity what is associated with the beginning of the summer.
On this day people celebrate the fertility of the land and the people, so there are traditionally young people are having fun. You can decorate the altar with snowdrops, stones and with natural holes. Romantic feelings are playing an important role in the celebration of Beltane, because these days people have becoming the epitome of the highest love between the ruler and mistress.
Lita / June 21
Midsummer - the summer solstice, one of the magical holidays, an excellent night for practicing magic. It coincides with the pagan holiday of Kupala. On this night, dreams and reality blend together.
Lammas / August 1
Lammas - is celebrated on August 1st. It is one of the magical holidays and is known as Feast of bread. It is a celebration in honor of the Sun, the first harvest, the forces of nature and the earth, the wine, the Celtic Feast of the grain. Sometimes it is called a wedding holiday. Often there is an element of honoring any of the gods of the sun and light (Apollo, Helios ...). The sun – is the main symbol of Lammas and the whole entire month.
Mabon / 21 September
Mabon – is also one of the magical holidays and the autumnal equinox, when the witches celebrate the second harvest. Mabon – is an echo of the ancient holidays of reaping, which in various forms have been distributed worldwide. It is an autumn holiday of wisdom, teachers (in the broadest sense of the word). Just as the spring equinox, it symbolizes harmony.