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This year being disorganised I missed Imbolc. I only realised a day before and hence didn’t really get round to doing anything (I know tut, tut).

So in order that I not miss any further of my pagan festivals I decided to add the dates to my diary and post them here. I will give the festival name, date and some information about the festival. Here we go:

Imbolc – 2nd February
Known as the festival of light. It celebrates the end of dark winter and welcomes the sun and the light to the world. Asking the world to wake up out of hibernation.
The goddess is seen as the maiden at this festival. Indeed the festival celebrates her as a maiden. She is still in recovery from child-birth.
Colours: White, yellow & gold.
Themes: Fire, creativity, poetry, inspiration, light, healing.
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Ostara – 20th March
Ostara celebrates the first day of spring. When light and dark are in balance.
The god matures and becomes a man. He will live and rule until Samhain.
Colours: Orange, red, yellow and pink.
Themes: Fertility, new beginnings, flowers, nature.
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Beltane – 1st May
Beltane is the midpoint between spring and summer.
The god and the goddess meet, become lovers get married consecrating their union. The goddess becomes pregnant.
Colours: White, purple, blue and light green.
Themes: Love, relationships, commitment, fire, fun – music and dancing.
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Litha – 20th June
The longest day of the year. It is the summer time harvest. I like this blessing:

As the sun spirals its longest dance,
Cleanse us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfil their truest destiny
Wiccan blessing for Summer
(from http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/summersolstice.shtml, last accessed: 08th February 09)

The god and goddess reaffirm their relationship and commitment to one another.
Colours: Blue, green, red and yellow.
Themes: Fruitful endeavours, child-like play, affirmations, water & emotions.

Lammas – 1st August
The harvesting of berries and grains take place at around the time of this festival. Days are getting shorter.
The gods power continues to wane.
Colours: Purple, black, brown, yellow (pale shades).
Themes: Magick, death, banishing, hopes, work.

Mabon – 22nd September
The autumn equinox. Light and dark are again in balance, however from this point on we shall have less sun light as it get’s darker. It’s about also giving thanks to the mother goddess for providing enough food (from the harvest) for the winter.
The god prepares for his journey to the underworld. The mother goddess is heavily pregnant but continues to rein and begins to age.
Colours: Brown, violet, indigo, blue & black.
Themes: Land & property, goals, introspection, past life regression, relaxation, letting go.
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Samhain – 31st October
The last harvest. When the vails between the worlds are thin. Seen as the pagan ‘New Year’. Also known as Halloween.
The goddess is now the crone. With age coming wisdom.
Colours: Black, orange, purpose, violet, white.
Themes: Ancestors, death, rebirth, banishing & bindings, spirit & guide communication, guidance.
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Yule – 21st December
The first day of winter also known as the winter solstice. Longest night of the year. Evergreens and pine are ideal for your alter along with traditional Yule logs. Wreath’s symbolise the wheel of the year.
The goddess gives birth to the god and then goes in to hibernation being tired from child-birth.
Colours:White, green, red, gold & silver.
Themes: Prosperity, death, rebirth, banishing, protection, goal setting, happiness, peace & harmony.
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Useful Links
BBC – Religion – Multi faith Paganism
Pagan Holidays
Walk in the Light – Wheel of the Year

Personal Beliefs

God and Goddess
Many pagans believe in a god and a goddess. I differ slightly. I do believe there is a god-like being, but that it is one that is genderless as it is simply energy. Some pagans would disagree with this, although like I said earlier these are my own individual beliefs.
(From Antony Simpson Paganism)

With thanks
With thanks to my friend Sye, who helped explain the goddess’ birth of the god and place it in the right festival. He used Scott Cunningham’s, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.

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Hope this is as useful to you all, as it will be to me.

In love and light,

Antony



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