The Goddess recovers from giving birth to the God. The lengthening
periods of light awaken her. The God's strength is increasing and He is now a young, lusty boy. The warmth of the Sun fertilizes
the earth (the Goddess), causes seeds to germinate and sprout. And so Imbolc celebrates the earliest stirrings of Spring.
It is a time of purification, creativity, and inspiration, a welcoming of change from the old to the new. This is a traditional
time for Wiccan initiations and dedications.
circa March 21
Marks the first day of true Spring. The hours of day and night are equal. The
Goddess fully regains her strength and and envelops the earth with fertility. Light is overtaking darkness, and the young
God is now maturing. The slowness of Winter is taken over by the fruitful bustle of Spring. Ostara is a time for beginnings,
action, and planting opportunities for the future.
Celebrated as May Day
Marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Nature
flourishes and He is stirred by the abundance of energy. The God desires the Goddess. They fall in love and unite. The Goddess
becomes pregnant, which ensures new life after the harvest. Beltane celebrates vitality, passion, love, and desires consummated.
circa June 21
The longest day of the year. The God is at the peak of his power, as is all of
nature's bounty. The Earth is awash in the fertility of the Goddess and God. It is the high time of the Sun and is marked
with festivals of fire. In the past, bonfires were leapt to encourage fertility, purification, health and love. Litha is a
classic time for magic of all kinds.
Is the time of the first harvest, when the plants of Spring drop their fruits
or seeds. Summer is waning; the nights grow longer. So too the God begins to lose His strength. He becomes the God of sacrifice,
being cut down in the fields. The Goddess watches in sorrow and joy as She realizes the God is dying, yet lives on inside
Her as Her child. Lammas is a time for giving thanks for what we have and making offerings of gratitude. It is a reminder
that nothing in the universe is constant.
circa September 21
Once again day and night are equal. The God prepares to take His journey into
the unseen, towards death. This is the completion of the harvest begun at Lammas, when the fields are cleared of their bounty.
Nature draws back, readying for winter and its time of rest. The Goddess nods in the weakening Sun, though fire burns within
Her womb. She feels the presence of the God even as He wanes.
Celebrated as Halloween
Marks the Pagan New Year. In the past, this was the time when animals were slaughtered
to ensure food for the through the depths of Winter. Identified with the animals, the God falls as well to ensure continuing
existence. The veil between the worlds of life and death is said to be thin on this night. Samhain is a time of reflection,
looking back over the last year, coming to terms with death, and honoring ancestors.
circa December 21
The shortest day of the year. The Goddess gives birth to her Son, the God. Since
the God is symbolized by the Sun, this marks the point of the year when the God is reborn as well. Thus, Wiccans light fires
or candles to welcome the Sun's returning light. The Goddess, slumbering through the Winter of Her labour, rests after the
delivery. Wiccans celebrate the return journey of the Sun, and the life it will bring. Yule is seen as a reminder that death
is followed by rebirth.