wiccan sabbaths

Blessed Ostara

So what is Ostara? 

Ostara is a celebration of the Spring Equinox (March 21) celebrated by many practicing Wiccans, Pagans, and Witches. It marks the day when night and day are equal and balanced. The Sun God’s strength increases and the Goddess celebrates her fertility. Together they bring us Spring.

Ostara is a time for the celebration of fertility and balance, But fertility can be many things. It can be a new beginning hope, Or a fresh start. A goodbye to the harsh cold Winter, And a hello to the change Spring brings us. 

Eggs are commonly used for symbolism on this day as they have always been a symbol for fertility and life.

Ostara is very similar to the Christian holiday, Easter where followers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Both are celebrating life. 

Eggs are commonly used for symbolism on this day as they have always been a symbol for fertility and life. 




 So what can you do to invite this change and fertility into your life?

Take some egg shells, And hollow them out The idea is to make little “Pots”. Once that is done, Hold them, And think of what you need in your life. A new love? Peace? Healing? What ever it may be write your wishes for the Year on your shells and use them as planters for seeds. Water them, Take care of them and know that as your seedlings grow, They are pulling nourishment from the shells. They are being infused with your own intention. They’re bringing your spell to life.

Once they outgrow there little homes, Plant them outdoors so that they can be a reminder of what Spring brings to you.

I really want to open a pagan church that has space for several circles and covens to celebrate and has a large garden area for outdoor events and hosts open to public all hallows eve events and has space for a soup kitchen during the winter months and celebrates the seasons and people from all over can take classes. …. uuugh I would love that..

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This is a spell to increase spiritual awareness. I figured it’s fitting since it’s October and almost Samhain!💫

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Yule - Winter Solstice

Originally posted by arcanesage

Yule is also a celebration of the birth of the Sun King and nature’s renewal. We practice sympathetic magick by lighting fires or candles to encourage the sun to grow stronger.  

This is a time of new beginnings both physically and spiritually, the wheel of the year has made a complete circle. The darkest night of winter is a good time for self-examination and discovering the “seeds” of  spiritual growth or hindrance which are lying dormant within us. 

The Winter Solstice is the turning point in the natural cycle of the year, this darkest night in all the year is followed by a day that will dawn just a little earlier!

So, what exactly is Yule?

Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, around December 21 in the northern hemisphere (below the equator, the winter solstice falls around June 21). On that day (or close to it), an amazing thing happens in the sky. The earth’s axis tilts away from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, and the sun reaches its greatest distance from the equatorial plane.

Many cultures have winter festivals that are in fact celebrations of light.

In addition to Christmas, there’s Hanukkah with its brightly lit menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, and any number of other holidays.  As a festival of the Sun, the most important part of any Yule celebration is light – candles, bonfires, and more.

While it may be mostly Pagans who celebrate the Yule holiday today, nearly all cultures and faiths have held some sort of winter solstice celebration or festival. Because of the theme of endless birth, life, death, and rebirth, the time of the solstice is often associated with deity and other legendary figures. No matter which path you follow, chances are good that one of your gods or goddesses has a winter solstice connection.

  • Alcyone (Greek): Alcyone is the Kingfisher goddess. She nests every winter for two weeks, and while she does, the wild seas become calm and peaceful.
  • Ameratasu (Japan): In feudal Japan, worshipers celebrated the return of Ameratasu, the sun goddess, who slept in a cold, remote cave. When the the other gods woke her with a loud celebration, she looked out of the cave and saw an image of herself in a mirror. The other gods convinced her to emerge from her seclusion and return sunlight to the universe.
  • Baldur (Norse): Baldur is associated with the legend of the mistletoe. His mother, Frigga, honored Baldur and asked all of nature to promise not to harm him. Unfortunately, in her haste, Frigga overlooked the mistletoe plant, so Loki - the resident trickster - took advantage of the opportunity and fooled Baldur’s blind twin, Hodr, into killing him with a spear made of mistletoe. Baldur was later restored to life.
  • Bona Dea (Roman): This fertility goddess was worshiped in a secret temple on the Aventine hill in Rome, and only women were permitted to attend her rites. Her annual festival was held early in December.
  • Cailleach Bheur (Celtic): In Scotland, she is also called Beira, the Queen of Winter. She is the hag aspect of the Triple Goddess, and rules the dark days between Samhain and Beltaine.
  • Demeter (Greek): Through her daughter, Persephone, Demeter is linked strongly to the changing of the seasons and is often connected to the image of the Dark Mother in winter. When Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter’s grief caused the earth to die for six months, until her daughter’s return.
  • Dionysus (Greek): A festival called Brumalia was held every December in honor of Dionysus and his fermented grape wine. The event proved so popular that the Romans adopted it as well in their celebrations of Bacchus.
  • Frau Holle (Norse): Frau Holle appears in many different forms in Scandinavian mythology and legend. She is associated with both the evergreen plants of the Yule season, and with snowfall, which is said to be Frau Holle shaking out her feathery mattresses.
  • Frigga (Norse): Frigga honored her son, Baldur, by asking all of nature not to harm him, but in her haste overlooked the mistletoe plant. Loki fooled Baldur’s blind twin, Hodr, into killing him with a spear made of mistletoe but Odin later restored him to life. As thanks, Frigga declared that mistletoe must be regarded as a plant of love, rather than death.
  • Hodr (Norse): Hodr, sometimes called Hod, was the twin brother of Baldur, and the Norse god of darkness and winter. He also happened to be blind, and appears a few times in the Norse Skaldic poetry. When he kills his brother, Hodr sets in motion the string of events leading to Ragnarok, the end of the world.
  • Holly King (British/Celtic): The Holly King is a figure found in British tales and folklore. He is similar to the Green Man, the archetype of the forest. In modern Pagan religion, the Holly King battles the Oak King for supremacy throughout the year. At the winter solstice, the Holly King is defeated.
  • Horus (Egyptian): Horus was one of the solar deities of the ancient Egyptians. He rose and set every day, and is often associated with Nut, the sky god. Horus later became connected with another sun god, Ra.
  • La Befana (Italian): This character from Italian folklore is similar to St. Nicholas, in that she flies around delivering candy to well-behaved children in early January. She is depicted as an old woman on a broomstick, wearing a black shawl.
  • Lord of Misrule (British): The custom of appointing a Lord of Misrule to preside over winter holiday festivities actually has its roots in antiquity, during the Roman week of Saturnalia.
  • Mithras (Roman): Mithras was celebrated as part of a mystery religion in ancient Rome. He was a god of the sun, who was born around the time of the winter solstice and then experienced a resurrection around the spring equinox.
  • Odin (Norse): In some legends, Odin bestowed gifts at Yuletide upon his people, riding a magical flying horse across the sky. This legend may have combined with that of St. Nicholas to create the modern Santa Claus.
  • Saturn (Roman): Every December, the Romans threw a week-long celebration of debauchery and fun, called Saturnalia in honor of their agricultural god, Saturn. Roles were reversed, and slaves became the masters, at least temporarily. This is where the tradition of the Lord of Misrule originated.
  • Spider Woman (Hopi): Soyal is the Hopi festival of the winter solstice. It honors the Spider Woman and the Hawk Maiden, and celebrates the sun’s victory over winter’s darkness.

Four thousand years ago, the Ancient Egyptians took the time to celebrate the daily rebirth of Ra, the god of the Sun.

As their culture flourished and spread throughout Mesopotamia, other civilizations decided to get in on the sun-welcoming action. They found that things went really well… until the weather got cooler, and crops began to die. Each year, this cycle of birth, death, and rebirth took place, and they began to realize that every year after a period of cold and darkness, the Sun did indeed return.

In some traditions of Wicca and Paganism, the Yule celebration comes from the Celtic legend of the battle between the young Oak King and the Holly King. The Oak King, representing the light of the new year, tries each year to usurp the old Holly King, who is the symbol of darkness. Re-enactment of the battle is popular in some Wiccan rituals.

What are your thoughts on Yule? How will you celebrate? Reblog and share your thoughts!

☽ All-Things-Witchcraft ☾

Which Witch

Salem, February 1692, mass hysteria sweeps through a small Puritan village as the local girls start suffering fits and strange behavior.  The villagers are quick to blame it on a witch, the devil’s servant, and the hunt to rid their village of the monster begins.  By May 1693, twenty five people were dead, nineteen hanged, five (including two infants) dead from the conditions in prison, and one crushed to death in a failed effort to gain a confession.  Dozens more had been accused and languished in prison for months before they were pardoned.  All for a group of girls who wanted to act out.

In modern day, witches still capture the imagination of the public.  From the Wicked Witch of the West (Wizard of Oz) to Hermione (Harry Potter), witches run the gamut between good and evil.  Magic and mysticism can open a world of possibilities for your writing.  The amazing world of fantasy opens a whole new level of creation and innovation to add to your writing.  But witches and magic aren’t limited only to the world of fantasy.  Modern day witches and wiccans still exist and practice to this day.

Wicca or Witch

While many books use the two terms interchangeably, there is actually a difference between Wicca and witchcraft.  Witchcraft is the practice of using and directing natural and individual energy in order to manifest one’s desires.  Wicca is a religion that was originally developed in the early 20th century and introduced to the public by Gerald Gardner in 1954.  While Wicca draws things from ancient religions, such as Celtic paganism, into their belief system, it is still considered a modern religion.  Another difference is that Wiccan’s generally follow the Wiccan Rede, “if ye harm none, do as ye will”.  Other witches do not necessarily follow this rule.

The other difference between Wicca and witchcraft is that Wicca is a religion and witchcraft is simply the practice of magic.  A witch is someone (male, female, or neither) who practices magic.  Not all Wiccans are witches and certainly not all witches are Wiccan. Many modern day witches practice various other religions along with their witchcraft.  While most follow a form of paganism, from Irish to Norse, there are agnostic witches and even Christian witches.  Witchcraft doesn’t revolve around one specific religion. Rather, it draws upon the witch’s specific religion to create the power need for the spells to work.

Wicca as a religion draws from old pagan religions and is a polytheistic religion, worshiping a central God and Goddess.  While the deities take different forms depending on the branch of Wicca,  the God and Goddess are generally earth or nature deities and represent the duality of nature and the cycle of life.  Wiccan religion follows the Wheel of the Year, which includes eight Sabbaths (holidays) and follows the life cycle of the Goddess and God.  Starting with Yule (December 21st), the Goddess gives birth to the God.  By the first of February, Imbolc, the Goddess has recovered from giving birth and the God is a strapping young man.  As spring blossoms on March 21st, so does the Wiccan Sabbath of Ostara.  Now the God and Goddess are equal, both in power and in form.  On April 30th, Beltane, the God has fallen in love with the Goddess and they join in union for the first time.  This culminates during Litha, also known as Midsummer on June 21st.  The first harvest, August 1st, is known as Lughnasadh, marks the wane of the God as the new God grows in the womb of the Goddess.  Mabon is on September 21st and is the completion of the harvests and the God wanes even more.  The Wheel of the Year ends on Samhain, also known as Halloween, which falls upon October 31st, and marks the death of the God.  But as the year is a wheel, he shall be born again on the next Yule.

Spells and Incantations

Modern day witchcraft has a whole slew of resources to pull from when writing the magic system for your story.  Next time you go to a bookstore (or shop online) swing by the new age religion section and look at what’s .  From spell books to herbals, the pagan community has a wide variety of resources to draw from to create your magic system. These books offer a different view into the natural world than most people have, allowing you to expand your horizons even further.

~Elyce

Mabon - A Small Guide

This week is Mabon! For all Witches, and with any sabbath, it’s a fun time to celebrate. So, I figured I’d put together a little guide for Mabon.

Mabon is also known as the Autumnal Equinox, when Night and Day are equal with each other. With Mabon, we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending darkness. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.


Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

Symbols of Mabon:
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

Herbs of Maybon:
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Foods of Mabon:
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Incense of Mabon:
Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.

Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.

Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings of Mabon:
Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Deities of Mabon:
Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!

Brigid/Imbolc tips/suggestions ♒️

Imbolc (or Brigid) is the time to cleanse our environments as well as mental cleansing. Think of it as a type of spring cleaning. We need to prepare for the season of growth to follow.

This year it occurs February 2nd, when the sun is 15 degrees Aquarius♒️. It is a time for purification, initiation, and dedication.

Some special supplies/alter decor you may be interested in using:
-white and yellow candles
🕯 -white altar cloth
-you might consider gathering some herbal supplies such as chamomile, sage, branches, cedar wood, white flowers. 🌲🌻🥀
-some stones you might use are clear quartz, citrine, rose quartz, or amber
-you may wish to get a bowl of seeds to grow either flowers or vegetables, and fill a flower pot with soil. Some seeds are marked with “great for containers” on the packages for those who need help.

How you celebrate this Sabbat is all your own. Do not feel inclined to do anything you are uncomfortable with or that you feel does not serve a purpose to you. This is considered a great time for creativity and clarity for many wiccans.

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Some activities you may wish to participate in:
-Write something about you and your goals. Be as honest as possible. If you don’t wish to write, you can get creative in other ways such as painting, or other creative actions to reflect the change you want to see in yourself.
📝🖌👩🏽‍🎨 - when you have completed your art/writing about yourself, at your altar, poor the seeds into your hand, and focus your energy on them. Plant them in the soil, and say a chant asking for strength and growth as the seeds grow. Ask for 🔮guidance through your growth.

-You may also wish to participate in a know old custom of lighting candles in every room in order to honor the rebirth of the sun. Happy casting!☀️

Witch Tip for Lammas/Lughnasa

Lammas and Lughnasa are holidays that celebrate the beginning of the harvest and the waning of the sun. Often times people celebrate by making bread.

If you suck at baking or don’t have the ability or time to bake bread for Lammas you can always buy the frozen loafs of dough that you simply put in the oven and then use that. I use the premade dough fairly often because I don’t have the ingredients for bread from scratch.

Blessings of Beltane

First sunlight dancing upon a stream,
A web with pearls of dew,
Blessings of colour from flower and thorn,
Above me only blue.

First bird song from the meadow land,
An inspirational sound,
Carried along by the morning breeze,
Waking all around.

Bringer of summer Dancer of green,
Keeper of cauldron Diviner of dream,
Maiden of flowers Lifter of veils,
Friend of my heart Teller of tales.

Winter will teach the beauty of change,
I smile now that summer is here,
She’s back again, with a fragrant embrace,
Brought on the wheel of the year.

So light up the fires of Beltane,
The promise of May-time once more,
And witness the dance of the maiden,
Just as the year before.

Bringer of summer Dancer of green,
Keeper of cauldron Diviner of dream,
Maiden of flowers Lifter of veils,
Friend of my heart Teller of tales.