Holidays


This section is for Pagan/Wiccan/Celtic Holidays or other days of special meaning.

Also for songs, poems for or about each individual holiday.


Celebrating the Seasons

Samhain [SOW-in/ sew-WIN]

Other names: Halloween, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, All souls, Day of the Dead.

Colors: balck, orange, indigo.

Tools: candles, magic mirror, cauldron, pumpkins, divination tools.

Energy: death and transformation, Wiccan New year.

Goddess: Crone, Hecate

Gods: Horned Hunter, Cernnunos, Anubis.

Rituals: honoring ancestors, releasing old, foreseeing future, understanding death and rebirth.

Customs: jack o lanterns, spirit plate, ancestor altar, divination, costumes.

Winter Solstice

Other names: Yule [yool], Jul, Saturnalia [sat-er-nay-lee-ah], Christmas, solar/secular New Year

Colors: red, green, white

Tools: mistletoe, evergreen wreath, lights, gifts, holly, Yule log, Yule tree

Energy: regeneration and renewal

Goddesses: Great Mother, Isis, Mary, Tonazin, Lucina, Bona Dea

Gods: Sun child, Horus, Jesus, Mithras, Santa/Odin, Saturn, Holly King

Rituals: personal renewal, world peace, honoring family, and friends

Customs: wreaths, lights, gift gifting, singing, feasting, resolutions

Imbolc [IM-bolc]

Other names: Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid’s Day, Lupercalia/Valentines Day

Colors: white, red

Tools: candles, seeds, Brigid wheel, milk

Goddesses: Brigid, Maiden

Gods: Groundhog, other creaturs emerging from hibernation; young Sun

Rituals: creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house and temple blessings

Customs: lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, cleaning house, welcoming Brigid


Spring Equinox

Other names: Ostara [O-STAR-ra], St. Patrick’s Day, Easter

Colors: green, yellow

Tools: eggs, basket, green clothes

Energy: birthing, sprouting, greeing

Goddesses: Ostara, Kore, Maiden

Gods: Hare, Green Man

Rituals: breakthrough, new growth, new projects, seed blessings

Customs: wearing green, egg games, new clothes, egg baskets

Beltane [BEL-tayn]

Other names: May Eve, May Day, Walspurgis Night

Colors: rainbow spectrum, blue, green, pastels, all colors

Tools: Maypole and ribbons, flower crowns, fires, bowers, fields

Energy: youthful play, exhuberance, sensuality, pleasure

Goddesses: May Queen, Flora

Gods: May King, Jack in the Green

Rituals: love, romance, fertility, crop blessings, creativity endeavors

Customs: dancing Maypole, jumping fire, mating, flower baskets

Summer Solstice

Other names: Midummer, Litha [LIH-tha], St. John’s Day

Colors: yellow, gold, rainbow colors

Tools: bonfires, Sun wheel, Earth circles of stone

Energy: partnership

Goddesses: Mother Earth, Mother Nature

Gods: Father sun/Sky, Oak King

Rituals: community, career, relationships, Nature spirit communion, planetary wellness

Customs: bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others

Lammas [LA-mas]

Other names: Lughnassad

Colors: orange, yellow, brown, green

Tools: sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires

Energy: fruitlfulness, reaping, prosperity

Goddesses: Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother

Gods: Grain God, Lugh, John Barleycorn

Rituals: prosperity, generosity, continued success

Customs:  offering of first fruits/grains, games, country fairs

Fall Equinox

Other names: Mabon [MAY-bon], Michaelmas

Colors: orange, red, brown, purple, blue

Tools: cornucopia, corn, harvested crops

Energy: appreciation and harvest

Goddesses: Bona Dea, Land Mother

Gods: Mabon, Sky Father

Rituals: thanksgiving, harvest, introspection

Customs: offerings to land, preparing for cold weather, bringing in harvest


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