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.
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
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
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
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
Other names: Midummer, Litha [LIH-tha], St. John’s Day
Colors: yellow, gold, rainbow colors
Tools: bonfires, Sun wheel, Earth circles of stone
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
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
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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