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A Year of Wiccan Sabbat Rituals

Samhain to Ostara

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As the Wheel of the Year turns and the eight Wiccan Sabbats pass by, many people like to celebrate with special ceremonies and rituals. Learn about the different Sabbats, what they mean, and how you can celebrate with your group or as a solitary practitioner.

Samhain

  • Celebrate the Harvest's End. Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter.

  • Rite to Honor Animals. Man's relationship with animals has evolved over thousands of years. Where once they were only a source of food, now they are our companions. Take a moment to honor the animal spirits in a ritual for Samhain.

  • Honoring the Ancestors. For many Wiccans and Pagans, the honoring of the ancestors is a key part of their spirituality. This ceremony can be held by itself or as part of a group of Samhain rituals.

  • Hold a Seance. Samhain is the night when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest... why not take advantage by contacting the spirit world? Learn what to plan on -- and what to avoid -- when holding a seance of your own.

  • Host a Dumb Supper. In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, Samhain is celebrated with a Dumb Supper, or a Feast with the Dead. This is a solemn and sober occasion, and includes place settings for relatives and friends who have crossed over in the past year, as well as a chance to tell them what you never got to say.

  • Celebrating the Goddess and God. In some Wiccan traditions, people choose to honor the God and Goddess, rather than focusing on the harvest aspect of the holiday. If this is something you'd like to do, this ritual welcomes the Goddess in her persona as Crone, and the Horned God of the wild autumn hunt.

  • Celebrating Life and Death. Samhain is known as the witch's new year. It is a time to think about the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. With this ritual, you can celebrate all three aspects either with a group or as a solitary.

Yule

  • Family Yule Log Ritual. If your family enjoys celebration around the winter solstice, this Yule Log ceremony is a simple one you can perform with or without kids. Welcome the sun back into your lives as you burn your Yule Log.

  • Hold a Goddess Ritual (Group Ceremony). At the winter solstice, some Wiccan groups celebrate with a goddess rite -- saying goodbye to the old, and welcoming the new. This ritual is designed for a group of four or more people.

  • Hold a Goddess Ritual (for Solitaries). If you're a solitary practitioner, but still wish to hold a goddess-themed ritual for the winter solstice, this rite can be done by a single person.

  • Welcome Back the Sun. The winter solstice is a festival of the sun, so why not celebrate by honoring its return? This simple ritual can be performed by one person or a group.

  • Winter Full Moon Ceremony. This ceremony is designed for a group of at least four people, and can be held during any of the chilly winter months. Celebrate the Mourning Moon in November, the Long Nights Moon in December, or January's Cold Moon. Although this ceremony is designed for a group, it could easily be adapted for a solitary practitioner.

Imbolc

  • Honoring Brighid (Group Ritual). Imbolc is a time to celebrate Brighid, the goddess of hearth and home. Celebrate her many aspects with this ritual, suitable for any size group.

  • Celebrate with a Candle Ritual (for Solitaries). Celebrate this fire festival with seven candles, and think about the changes the light will bring about in your life.

  • Farewell to Winter Rite. Tired of the snow and cold weather yet? At Imbolc, you and your family can do this simple rite to say goodbye to old man winter, and encourage the spring thaw to come along a bit sooner.

  • Brighid's Crossroads Divination. Not sure where you're going these days? Let Brighid, the goddess of the crossroads, guide you and inspire you during this Imbolc divination ritual.

  • House Cleansing Ceremony. Start your Spring off with a bang -- get your house cleaned up not only physically, but spiritually as well.

  • Spring Full Moon Ritual. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a seasonal full moon. Welcome spring with a water-themed ritual adaptable for either groups or solitaries, during February's Quickening Moon. March's Storm Moon, or the Wind Moon of April.

Ostara

  • Spring Ritual for Solitaries. If you're celebrating alone, this simple candle ritual will get you in tune with the Divine at the spring equinox.

  • The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit. This kid-focused rite uses all kinds of yummy Easter candy to welcome in the colors of Spring. It's pretty goofy, so if you have no room for silly in your spirituality, you might want to skip this one. On the other hand, if you accept that the Universe has a sense of humor, this is a blast to do with a bunch of little kids.

  • A Rebirthing Ritual. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a ceremonial rebirthing, in this ritual which is adaptable for either solitaries or groups.

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