Yule / Winter Solstice

Yuletide, Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Winter Rite, Festival of Sol Invictus/Mithras, Saturnalia (Roman), Cuidle, Alban Arthan, Gŵyl Galan Gaeaf, Meán Geimhridh (Welsh) December 21, 2013 (Northern Hemisphere) Quarter Festival, Solstice, Lesser Sabbat The winter solstice, or Yule, marks the shortest day of the year.  From this point on, days continue to grow longer until Midsummer (Litha), therefore Yule celebratesContinue reading “Yule / Winter Solstice”

Samhain

Third/Last Harvest, Blood Harvest, Halloween, Old Hallowmas, All Hallows Eve, All Saint’s Eve, Witch’s New Year, Feast/Day of the Dead, Ancestor Night, Feast of Spirits, Feast of Apples, Festival of Pomona, Samonios, Samana, Shadowfest (Strega), Nos Galan/Calan Gaeaf (Welsh), Vetrablot/Winternight (Norse) October 31 Cross-quarter Fire Festival, Greater Sabbat Samhain (SOW-in), also known as the Witch’sContinue reading “Samhain”

Mabon / Autumn Equinox

Herfest, Halig, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Fruit Harvest, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Feast of Avalon, Michaelmas, Meán Fómhair, Gŵyl Ganol yr Hydref (Welsh), Alban Elfed (Druid, ‘Light of the Water’), Haustblot/Harvestfest (Norse) September 22, 2013 (Northern Hemisphere) Quarter Festival, Lesser Sabbat Mabon is the autumn equinox, a time when light and dark are onceContinue reading “Mabon / Autumn Equinox”

Lughnasadh / Lammas

Lady Day, First Harvest, Feast of Bread, Bread Harvest, Festival of First Fruits, August Eve, Gŵyl Galan Awst (Welsh ‘Feast of August’) August 1 Cross-quarter Fire Festival, Greater Sabbat Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest festivals and falls halfway between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and the Autumn Equinox (Mabon).  Lughnasadh honours the craftsman god Lugh,Continue reading “Lughnasadh / Lammas”

Litha / Midsummer

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, Samradh, Alban Hefin (Druid, Anglo Saxon), Aerra Litha, Gathering Day, Vestalia, Feast of Epona, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf (Welsh) June 21 (2013, Northern Hemisphere) Quarter Festival, Lesser Sabbat Litha, or Midsummer, celebrates the summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year.  The days are warmer, the earth is bountiful, and the GoddessContinue reading “Litha / Midsummer”

Beltane

Beltaine, Bealtaine, May Day, May Eve, Lady Day, Roodmas, Walpurgis Night April 30th Eve to May 1st Cross-quarter Festival, Greater Sabbat, Fire Festival Beltane is a fertility and fire festival that celebrates the return of spring, the sun’s warmth and nature’s abundance.  As life springs forth from the fertile earth, this is a good timeContinue reading “Beltane”

Ostara / Spring Equinox

Ēostre, Oestara, Lady Day, Festival of Trees, Bacchanalia, Earrach, Gŵyl Ganol y Gwanwyn (Welsh), Alban Eilir/Eiler (Druid, ‘Light of the Earth’), Ostarablot (Norse) ~March 20-23 Ostara is the celebration of the vernal, or spring, equinox. It is a time to prepare for the beginnings of new life.  The hours of day and night are ofContinue reading “Ostara / Spring Equinox”

Imbolc

Candlemas, Brigid’s Day, Brigantia (Caledonni), Lupercalia (Roman), Feast of Nut (Egyptian), Feast of Pan, Snowdrop Festival, Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau (Welsh), Disablot (Norse) February 2 Imbolc is a festival of fire and light, and in many Neopagan traditions, celebrates the goddess Brigid.  It falls around the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox,Continue reading “Imbolc”

Pagan Origins of Christmas

Christmas as we know it today has developed from a variety of origins, including pagan ones!  Things like the evergreen tree, mistletoe, gift giving, and even the birth date of Jesus have come from pagan sources. Yule The Winter Solstice is celebrated around December 20-23 (northern hemisphere), the shortest day of the year.  Yule celebratesContinue reading “Pagan Origins of Christmas”

Yule / Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, Yuletide, Mother Night, Winter Rite, Festival of Sol Invictus/Mithras, Saturnalia (Roman), Cuidle, Gŵyl Galan Gaeaf, Meán Geimhridh (Welsh), Alban Arthan/Arthuan (Druid, ‘Light of Arthur/Winter’), Jol/Yuleblot (Norse) ~ December 20-23 Yule, or Midwinter, celebrates the winter solstice, a time of renewal and rebirth. It marks the shortest day of the year, after which theContinue reading “Yule / Winter Solstice”