Wheel of the Year: OSTARA

I know I'm late on posting this one, but better late than never! The second Sabbat of The Wheel of the Year is Ostara, meaning it's officially springtime!  What is Ostara? Ostara is the spring/vernal equinox, which marks the day in which the day and night are of equal lengths. The days are growing longer as we move towards summer and Ostara marks the halfway point between winter and summer. Ostara is the celebration of rebirth, renewal, and balance. The sunlight is returning from the dark days of winter and it's beginning to make an impact on our landscape. Bulb flowers are beginning to sprout from the ground, the birds are singing again, and tiny leafy bulbs can be found on...

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Wheel of the Year: IMBOLC

In the Gregorian calendar, the Wheel of the Year begins with Imbolc. The Wheel of the Year was extremely important to ancient Celts as it dictated the agricultural cycle of plowing, sowing, harvesting, and resting. The Wheel of the Year is still followed today and includes four Fire Festivals and four cross-quarter celebrations. What is Imbolc? Imbolc, also known as St. Brigid's Day or Candelmas, marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is celebrated between January 31st and February 2nd. This day is a celebration of fire, home + hearth, and the lengthening of the days as spring draws nearer. The festival which focuses on celebrating the earliest signs of spring: longer days, the returning warmth of the...

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