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The Witches' Sabbats

The Wheel of the Year consists of eight Sabbats. All the Sabbats are solar in nature, marking the passing of the year with natural milestones. Some break the Sabbats down into major and minor, the major Sabbats being Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh. The minor Sabbats are Yule (Winter Solstice), Ostara (Spring Equinox), Litha (Summer Solstice) and Mabon (Autumn Equinox). It is through these Sabbats that witches through out the world mark the passing of the year with celebration and reverence for the deities and events that each represents. These holidays are as used by witches in the Northern Hemisphere. The witches in the Southern Hemisphere (all you Australian and New Zealand witches out there) reverse the Sabbats due to the opposite seasons. You can read more about the Southern Hemisphere Sabbats at The Church of All Worlds Page, Australia

Sabbat

Herbs

Incense

Color

Decorations

Foods

Yule

Holly, Mistletoe, Rosemary, Oak, Pine conesBayberry, Pine, Cedar, Rosemary, JuniperRed, Green, White, Silver, GoldYule log (oak or pine), Mistletoe, Wreaths, Strings of dried flowers and cinnamon sticks, Apples, Oranges, Yule treeNuts, Apples, Oranges, Caraway rolls, Mulled wine, Roast turkey

Imbolc

Snowdrop, Bay, Heather, First Flowers of the YearRosemary, Cinnamon, Westeria, Frankincense, MyrrhWhite, Orange, RedLamps, Besom (witch's broom), Yellow flowersAll Dairy products, Curries, Onions, Chives, Garlic, Spiced wines, Seeds, Herbal teas

Ostara

Honeysuckle,Iris, Peony, Violet All spring flowersJasmine, Rose, StrawberryGreen, YellowColored eggs, Green and yellow jellybeans, Rabbit Decorations, Spring FlowersSeeds, Leafy Green Vegetables, Spiced or Flower Cupcakes, Fruits, Hard-boiled eggs

Beltane

Honeysuckle, St. John's wort, Hawthorn, All flowersFrankincense, Lilac, RoseGreen, Soft pink, blue and yellowMaypole, Strings of beads or flowers, Ribbons, Spring flowersDairy, Oatmeal cakes, Cherries, Strawberries, Wine punches, Green Salads

Litha

Lavender, Chamomile, Roses, Daisy, LilyFrankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, LavenderBlue, Green, YellowDried herbs, Potpourri, Seashells, Summer Flowers, FruitsSummer Fruits, Ale, Mead, Fresh Vegetables

Lughnasadh

All grains, Grapes, Heather, Blackberries, SunflowersSandalwood, Rose, AloesYellow, Orange, Green, BrownCorn Dollies, Any Wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of GrainBreads, Cider, Blackberry Pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries

Mabon

Hazel, Corn, Acorns, Oak, Wheat Stalks, Cypress cones, Pine conesMyrrh, Sage, PineOrange, Dark red, Yellow, BrownAcorns, Pomegranates, Pine Cones, Baskets of fallen leavesBreads, Corn, Cornbread, Beans, Squash, Apples, Roots (carrots, potatoes, onions), Cider

Samhain

Pumpkin, Apple, Nuts, Thistle, Chrysanthemum, Broom, Oak leaves, SageApple, Nutmeg, Sage, MintBlack, OrangeJack-o-lantern, Photos of deceased loved ones, Apples, Fall leaves, Autumn flowers, SquashesApples, Corn, Nuts, Cider, Mulled wine, Pumpkin Dishes, Cranberry muffins, Herbal teas