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Wiccan Sabbats

This information provides insight into the Sabbats of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Unlike the Wiccan Holidays page, this section provides detailed information as well as correspondences for each of the Sabbats. Some Sabbats currently have pages of their own.

Occurs on Winter Solstice (circa. 21 December)


Candlemas
Occurs on 2 February

Candlemas celebrates the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God. She returns in her Maiden form in preparation for Spring. A sabbat of purification, Candlemas marks the renewal of Earth's fertility and is a traditional time for initiations. Traditions include lighting bonfires for illumination and inspiration, making offerings to the Goddess for wishes to be granted, paying off debts, and casting off what doesn't work in order to move forward. Meditations are focused on the feminine, particularly maidenhood and motherhood.

Some may note that this sabbat falls on Groundhog's Day. Regardless of whether or not the groundhog comes out or if he sees his shadow, this date is celebrated as a sign that nature is telling us that Spring will come.

Correspondences
  • Gems: amethyst, turquoise
  • Foods: dried goods, honey, milk
  • Herbs: dill, dragon's blood, frankincense, musk, rosemary


Occurs on Vernal Equinox (circa. 21 March)


Occurs on 1 May


Occurs on Summer Solstice (circa. 21 June)


Lammas
Occurs on 1 August

Also popular known as Lughnasadh (loo-nus-uh), this sabbat marks the beginning of the harvest season. This day celebrates the fruits of labor, successes, and achievements. Wiccan belief states that the God starts to lose strength, whereas others celebrate God as Lugh on this day. Traditions for Lammas include the making of corn dollies and baking (particularly breads). Meals on this day are an act of attunement with nature, reminding us that nothing is constant.

Correspondences
  • Gems: citrine, peridot
  • Foods: breads, corn, ginger bread men, grains, grapes, potato breads
  • Herbs: ginseng, hops, rose, rye, sandalwood


Mabon
Occurs on Autumn Equinox (circa. 21 September)

The second harvest, Mabon (may-bon) is a time of abundance, feasting, balance, rest, justice, and healing. The God prepares to leave this realm. As such, this sabbat marks the importance of reflection, release, forgiveness, and preparation for the winter ahead. Traditions focus on the coming change in weather and descent into darkness. Vow renewals are also common.

Correspondences
  • Gems: amethyst, topaz
  • Foods: apples, corn, dried fruits, grapes, nuts, squash, vegetables
  • Herbs: cypress, frankincense, hazelnuts, hops, patchouli, sandalwood


Occurs on 31 October

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