Spiritways leads ten open rituals a year, including the eight Sabbats and one dark moon and one full moon. Find more information below or visit us on Facebook!
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Imbolc (January) Imbolc is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on February 1, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, it was widely observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain.
Dark Moon (January)
At Dark Moon, we call upon the Dark Goddess, the Crone. In this ritual, we all upon Hekate, the eldest of the Greek Gods. She sees all things, past, present and future. She is the Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth. She is the Mother of Magick. She is the Goddess of Transitions, of keys and doorways and crossroads. We journey to the Cave of Hekate, there to seek her guidance. We will bring offerings and write down what we need to discard and have changed, and cast it into the fire. The color that we wear will be black, the color of protection and of the Dark Moon.
Ostara (March) The vernal or spring equinox, in Germanic traditions called Ostara, is a time to celebrate Spring’s return! The dark, cold, white winter begins to change to increased sunlight and warmth, and flowers begin to sprout. This year, we are celebrating Ostara with the festival of Adonia. This festival is connected to the Greek myth of the goddess Aphrodite and her love for the mortal Adonis. In keeping with tradition of the Adonia festival, please wear white and bring an offering of flowers. The rose is associated with the festival of Adonia.
Beltane (April) Family-friendly Beltane or Beltain (also Beltine or Beltaine) is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on April 30/May 1 or halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltane was observed in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh.
Litha (June) In some traditions, Litha is a time of a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is the ruler of the year between winter and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and the Oak King, by the end of Midsummer, is defeated by the Holly King. This is a day of inner power and brightness. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with growing life. Meditate on the darkness and light in the world and in your life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.
Lammas (July) Lammas comes between August first and second. It is a hot, lazy, delicious time of the year. Bees buzz in the heat of the day, the air is still, and the sun remains strong, even though its sway over the earth is slowly diminishing day by day. In the cooler nighttime, we hear the sounds of frogs and crickets. Lammas is the time to honor the powerful gods of the grain harvests. They are in their prime, sometimes generous, sometimes quixotic, and aware that their time will wane and they will die. This bitter is balanced by the sweet: they always return to another summer the next year.
Mabon (September) The holiday of the autumnal equinox, Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingathering, Meán Fómhair, or Alban Elfed (in Neo-Druid traditions), is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas (Lughnasadh) and followed by Samhain.
Full Moon: The Hunter’s Moon (October) The moon shines in the skies in various phases, from one of full light to completely dark and to just a sliver. In ancient times, people waited out the dark moon times and celebrated the reappearance of the new moon. To them, the appearance of the new moon was an affirmation that their gods still loved them and that life would continue. The three days preceding the new moon is the dark moon phase, a time when many Pagans say it is a time to forgo meditative and magical activity. For many, the dark moon phase is a time to move deep within oneself to find out more about oneself. Because darkness often hides things from us, we might ignore or neglect things about ourselves unless we consciously move inward to explore–and appreciate–our own mystical selves.
Samhain (October) Wiccans consider Samhain (/ˈsɑːwɪn/ sow-in) to be one of the four Greater Sabbats. Some consider it a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility. Many Pagans believe that at Samhain the veil between this world and the afterlife is at its thinnest point, making it easier to communicate with those who have left this world.
Yule (December) Yule or Yuletide (“Yule time”) is a Pagan religious festival observed by the historical North Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas. The earliest references to Yule are by way of indigenous Germanic month names meaning Before Yule or After Yule. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modranicht. Terms with an etymological equivalent to Yule are used in the Nordic countries for Christmas with its religious rites, but also for the holidays of this season. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. A number of Neopagans have introduced their own rites.