Day 24: Sabbats
What holidays from the wheel of the year do you celebrate? Create your own wheel of the year! You are only limited by your imagination.
The basic Sabbats you learn when you’re a baby witch have kind of stayed with me all this time later. I may not perform ritual or magick at all of them, but I certainly am always aware of the turn of the seasons, and think on how the energies affect myself, others, and the world around me.
I couldn’t tell you my favourites because as with the seasons, everything is my favourite in its turn. I love when the world is sleepy and blanketed with snow, when it is waking up in the spring, and flowers can be seen ushering a green and colourful carpet over the land, I love when summer is here, hot and hazy days filled with delicious barbecues and fruits for days, and I adore when fall arrives, hiking in the cooler temperatures, the spiced smell of fallen leaves and wet earth, and of course all the pumpkin desserts!
So as the seasons are tied into the Sabbats, I love each 40ish day period surrounding the any particular one, the way the land has changed, the seasonal foods, activities. I think in writing about this, I celebrate the Sabbats more in the awareness of the things that I do in each season, and the energies I call upon from each season.
Day 25: Esbat
Create a ritual to honor the moon every month. Do you only celebrate the full moon? Try honoring the dark moon this month and see how it changes your practice.
My usual ritual on full or dark moons is to acknowledge the energies of the moon at those times. I will sometimes light a candle, or incense, and pull the energies down into myself, placing the energies within the candle if I want to work some personal magick. I feel like that is what a lot of my moon magick has been, is working on my own self.
In recent years, the dark moon has been more at the forefront for me, and I bet it has a lot to do with shedding old ideas, old emotions, old ways of being. The second half of my twenties was very much a time of breaking down who I though I had to be to become who I am now, so the dark moon, with its letting go of things has been incredibly powerful.
However, I am sensing more balance coming into play lately, so both dark and full are of equal importance now.
Go check out Plentiful Earth’s post for this fabulous challenge!