Honor the traditional holidays of the Wheel of the Year with this seasonal pictorial calendar. Rich symbolism in loving detail.
At Yule (Winter Solstice, December 20-23 varies according to the particular date on the standard calendar according to when the Solstice will occur astronomically)). Longest night of the year, the turning point when the days shall afterwards grow longer as winter begins its passage into the coming spring. Traditional adornments are a Yule Log, usually of oak, and a combination of mistletoe and holly.
At Imbolc (February 2) (Candlemas, Brigid's Day) Brigid is the Celtic goddess of fire and inspiration (Poetry, smithcraft and healing) as well as yet another representation of the Fertility of Femininity and Love. Its celebration is done with many candles and as usual much feasting. The warmth of the power of the God fertilizes the Earth and so the earliest beginnings of spring occur. This is a sabbat of purification, a festival of light and fertility. Also known as: Feast of Pan, Feast of Torches, Oimelc.
At Ostara (circa March 21) (Eostar, Spring Equinox, March 20-23 dependent on actual astronomical event) The hours of day and night are equal and light is overtaking darkness. Feasting and socializing are the important factors in this holiday as well as the celebration of the return of color to the natural world.
At Beltane (MAY 1) (May Eve, April 30th-May 1st) Beltane is the great Fertility rite of life, starting at dusk on the 30th and continuing until the dawn of the 1st. The Maypole is a symbol of the union of the God and Goddess to create life, the pole itself a phallic symbol while the dancers and their streamers or vines of flowers represent the fertile womb of the goddess as it takes in the Phallus of the god and takes in his seed. Food, drink and love are the order of the evening. In most sects the celebration of unions of love are enacted.
At Litha (circa June 21) (Midsummer, Summer Solstice, June 20-23, dependent on actual astronomical event) Held on the longest day of the year, the Solstice is the celebration of light's triumph over darkness and that of the bountiful beauty that light brings into life. Flowers are common in the circle, roses and bright cheerful wildflowers are upon the altar and usually worn by all. Litha's usual food fare may include honeycakes or cornbread. In the past, bonfires were leapt to encourage fertility, purification, health and love. Midsummer is a classic time for magick of all kinds.
At Lughnassadh (August 1) This is the big celebration of the harvest. Much feasting and dancing occur, though it is a bit more somber than many of the other holidays. Pagans see this as a time when the God loses his strength as the Sun rises farther south each day and the nights grow longer. This sabbat is also called Lammas, August Eve, Feast of Bread.
At Mabon (circa September 21) (Fall Equinox, Sept. 20-23, dependent on actual astronomical event) This is the weavers festival, and a braiding of cords are done in the process of casting a spell to add to ones life from what it is, each person weaving unto themselves what they wish and the coven as a whole weaving all the cords together to unite the power and efforts symbolically. The autumn equinox is the completion of the harvest begun at Lammas. Once again the day and night are equal as the God prepares to leave the body and the begin the great adventure into the unseen, toward renewal and rebirth of the Goddess.
At Samhain (October 31) This grand sabbat, also known as Feast of the Dead ,Feast of Apples, All Hallows, and of course Halloween, once marked the time of sacrifice. This was the time when animals were slaughtered to ensure food throughout the winter. This is a time of reflection and coming to terms with the one thing in life which we have no control - death. It is a time of endings of relationships and bad situations and it is the time when one can see the glimmer of hope in the future.
8 metal loops on back allow you to hang any date at top.
11½” resin plaque, wood color finish.
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