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Series: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery

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The Solar Path - The Sabbats for the Hedge Witch (Part Two)

Samhain

We all know of the modern-day Hallowe’en that falls on the 31st October, but few outside of the Craft know of the origins of this festival. Samhain is a Celtic festival that celebrates the time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is thin, and we can connect more easily with the unseen, both in the form of the Fair Folk (faeries) as well as the ancestors. The Celts reckoned their days from sunset to sunset, and so Samhain would run from sunset on the 31st October to sunset on the 1st November. The Celts divided the year into two halves, the dark half and the light half, and we see this reflected in much of Modern Witchcraft today. How this is divided depends on the tradition. If you are following on from the Celtic lore, the dark half of the year begins at Samhain, and ends at Beltane, when the light half of the year begins. This is the Celtic beginning of Winter and Summer, for they only considered two seasons in their worldview. Samhain means “summer’s end”. Other traditions of Witchcraft see the dark and light halves of the year commencing at the solstices, with the myth of the Oak King and the Holly King. We will explore this later when we look at the solstices.

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Wiccan Churches Announce Introduction of Fifth Element

April 1st, 2019 – After much deliberation, several large houses of Wicca are proud to announce a dramatic change in Wiccan doctrine; the introduction of a new, fifth element. The Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC), the Correllian Nativist Church, and Church of All Worlds, have announced that within the last week they met in a secret place in order to determine a new aspect of Wicca that will forever change its future. 

 

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  • Aquarian Tabernacle Church
    Aquarian Tabernacle Church says #
    Yes, it was an April Fool's thing. I hope you found it hilarious.
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Oh thank gods! LOL...once I realized that, yes I did. And technically I feel silly for not realizing it sooner but I pay no attent
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Is this for real..? This isn't the Pagan equivalent of "The Onion" going on or something? And they're really calling it "goo"??
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Or wait, was this an April Fool's thing..??

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Ostara

Here is a little video that I made regarding the upcoming Sabbat of Ostara. Blessings of the Spring Equinox to you all!

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Spring Equinox

 

Visual Lifesavers © Jennifer Smith 2008 

 

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Deity Profile: Quan Yin

Quan Yin is a powerful archetype of veganism. In the Buddhist legend, the “Complete Tale of Guanyin and the Southern Seas,” she is determined to save every sentient being on earth from their suffering. As she tries to contemplate this suffering, her head shatters into eleven pieces.

The Buddha Amitabha sees her plight and grants her eleven heads so she can continue on her noble work. She goes on to try to reach out to all the suffering, and her arms shatter. She is then granted 1000 arms. There are different variations on this story, and one of Quan Yin’s names is “the goddess of 1000 arms.”

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The Moon Path Part Two

Last month I began to write about the relationship between the moon and the witch. Let's continue the discussion here. 

There are many different names for the various moons throughout the yearly cycle, and perhaps the most famous of all is the Coligny Calendar, a Gallic lunar calendar dating back to the 2nd century. Indeed, we derive the word “month” from the word “moon”, and so to follow a lunar calendar in our Craft makes perfect sense. In the Coligny calendar, the moons start from the sixth night of the waxing moon, and are described as thus: 

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