Sabbats and Seasonal Festivals

The Dark Season of Samhain – Celtic New year

Ancient Origins of Samhain

Mythology and Folklore
Heathen Harvest
Celebrations
Cassandra and I attend our community celebrations, we travel to North Cornwall to organize the All Hallows Gathering in Boscastle. The event is occurs outside the wonderful Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (and this is the ONLY SEASONAL EVENT we are associated with In Boscastle) on the weekend leading up to or on Samhain.
Early in the evening at Samhain we begin our personal celebration in the village of St Buryan when local residents escort their children around the village for ‘Trick or Treating’ and they visit a real Wise Woman’s cottage. We also visit the St Buryan Inn for a celebratory drink before the preparations for our private group celebration at midnight. It is indeed an active time in the spiritual and physical worlds as the Celtic year ends but it is extremely rewarding.
I will conclude this post by wishing you all a joyous Samhain and a prosperous and successful new Celtic year.

The Sublime and Sinister Sides of Yuletide Customs

Although the traditions and rituals of Christmas have evolved through the centuries, many of them have remarkably ancient origins linked to the midwinter festivals of Yule and Saturnalia and the hope of renewed life as the days lengthen with the promise of spring.
Folklore Thursday

The Fearsome Legend of Krampus

Ancient Origins
Symbolism of Yuletide

Folklore Customs of Twelfth Night and the Epiphany

The one thing guaranteed to elicit the strongest opinions this first week of January is the debate over which day to take down your Christmas tree and decorations. Is it Saturday 5 January, or Sunday 6 January? And what happens if you leave them up for longer? Are you really struck down with bad luck for the rest of the year as the superstition goes?
One thing’s for sure – everyone does it differently, and everyone has their own ideas.
The following link will tell you more about this
Telegraph
Folklore of the Twelfth Night
Hypnogoria
The Old Winter Witches of Epiphany

The Ancient Art of Wassails

Tales of the Cocktail 

The Origin of Mumming

Why Christmas
Read more about the Chepstow Wassail tradition and enjoy your Wassails wherever you are!

Candlemas and Imbolc

The mistletoe hung at Yuletide has now lost its fresh green leaves and berries, but the brown dried remnants still hold the energy of the wonderful season of Yule. It is still working, bringing good fortune to the home until the season returns again. We have now approached the time of Imbolc and Candlemas.

About Candlemas

Build Faith

Spiritual Meaning and Celebration of Imbolc

Guide to Spiritual Living

Origins of Valentines Day

The following links will explain the historical origins of Valentines Day and the Pagan festival.
History.com 
Witchology

Spring Equinox

Springtime arrives and with it the season of fertility represented by eggs, rabbits and flowers in bloom. The better weather encourages people to spring clean their homes, clearing out things that are no longer needed as we bid farewell to the long winter. New life, hopes and projects await us and the sun has returned.

Spiritual Symbolism of Spring Equinox
Spiritual Sun.com
Celebration of Spring Equinox and Easter
No Beliefs.com
How Pagans celebrate the Spring Sabbat
Beliefnet.com

Autumn Equinox

This season and the falling autumn leaves reminds us of the wonderful release when letting go of things that no longer serve us, thoughts, negative relationships etc.

Belief.net

Autumn Equinox Celebration

Thoughtco

 

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Spring Equinox Workshop 2018

It was a pleasure to visit Michelle once again at MMW Revolver in Newquay to provide a Spring Equinox workshop. After a long winter and bitterly cold weather, celebrating the Spring, looking forward to brighter days and warmer temperatures was needed to lift the spirits.
We were welcomed by Michelle with a glass of Prosecco, she had also provided Italian lemon bread, chocolate cake and seasonal eggs. We had arrived a little early and it was a good opportunity to browse the interesting items in the shop. The egg-shaped wax candles gave a seasonal glow to the room and Cassandra purchased a sea salt candle.

The workshop began with Cassandra Latham Jones speaking about the symbolism of the season. She included the views of Christianity and Jews that have their unique way of celebrating Easter and calculating the Equinox as a moveable feast. She also spoke about the fertility symbolism of hot cross buns, rabbits, hares and the eggs. At the end of the talk she allowed time for questions and these give an indication of how each person interprets the season and which points raised during the talk left an impression with them.
I had arranged for the group to decorate hard-boiled eggs while focusing on future projects that would be born in Spring along with new hopes for themselves and their families.

The food colouring when applied to the eggs seemed to have a life of its own as intriguing patterns and shapes transformed each one.
Our photographer John Isaac was accompanied by his twin daughters who enjoyed participating in the seasonal activities under his supervision.

I provided yellow candles for each person to carve symbols upon while focusing on their hopes and projects.

A small cauldron was then placed in the centre of the table containing potted daffodil bulbs.
Each person lit their personal candle and I guided them through a short meditation using visualization of their hopes and projects springing to life with all the plants and flowers of the land.

It was a wonderful evening and members of the group returned home with their decorated egg, carved candle and instructions for using them at home.
We thank Michelle for her excellent hosting and recommend a visit to her fascinating shop when you visit Newquay.