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The progression of the seasons is cyclical, not linear. Each season has its own distinct characterizations and celebrations. The celebrations are associated with the life cycles of the Dieties.

The masculine God is seen as a Great King, a youthful prince, a hunter, or a trickster. The Goddess Mother is seen as the young virgin, the fruitful mother,and the wise crone.




SPRING

OSTARA Spring is the time of the Vernal Equinox, March 22, when night and day are of equal length.
Crops are sown at this time.
The first full moon after the Vernal Equinox marks the fullness of the Earth,
and the triumph of the Sun over Winter.
SUMMER

MIDSUMMER, the time of the Summer Solstice, June 22, the longest, brightest day of the year.
It is the beginning of the Sun's waning and marks the Earth's full flowering,
when the crops reach the height of maturity and the lands are green.
The Virgin Goddess of Summer becomes the fruitful Mother of Autumn.
AUTUMN

MABON, the Autumn Equinox, takes place on September 21.
This is the time of the last harvest before Winter claims the Earth,
the time of celebrating the bounty the Earth has given us.
The Mother Goddess, with the fruitfulness of her womb,
gives the people the fruits of field and tree.
WINTER

YULE,the Winter Solstice, takes place on December 21,
the longest, darkest night of the year.
A time of celebration of the waxing solar light.
The Old King gives up his life to make way for the reborn Sun Child.





There are four other lesser feasts, or sabbats.

BEALTAINE
May 1st,also spelled Beltane, a celebration of the return of life and fertility to the world, and the sacred union of the God and Goddess.

LAMMAS OR LUGHNASADH
August 1st, a celebration of the beginning of the harvest.

SAMHAIN
October 31st, also known as Hallowe'en. The Earth rests so her fertility can be renewed. The festival is a time to remember the dead, a clear distinction between the joys of Harvest, and the hardships of Winter. A night of power, when the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is thinnest.

IMBOLG
February 1st, also known as Oimelc. or Imbolc. This celebration symbolizes the first stirrings of the Earth from its icy sleep.




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