Category Archives: Wheel of the Year

Samhain

The Celtic festival of Samhain is one of the oldest and most important. It marks the end of one year and the beginning of the new. As the final of three harvest festivals, it is also the start of the winter season. During this special time of transition the veil between worlds is thinnest and the ancestors are able to return to visit their loved ones. Continue reading

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Beltane

Beltane, one or the four greater festivals of the year occurs on May 1st. Deriving its name from the Celtic fire god Bel, it was when “bael” or bonfires were lit to purify and insure the fertility of the land. People jumped the flames for luck and prosperity and cattle were driven between two fires so they too were blessed. Continue reading

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Ostara

The festival of Ostara falls on the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox. It’s a time when light and dark are perfectly balanced. On this day it is said an egg can be balanced upright on a flat surface! Drawing its name from the Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) goddess Eostre, it’s when the rebirth and prosperity of the land are celebrated. Continue reading

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