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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 cones

Bayberry, Pine, Cedar, Rosemary, Juniper

Red, Green, White, Silver, Gold

Yule log (oak or pine), Mistletoe, Wreaths, Strings of dried flowers and cinnamon sticks, Apples, Oranges, Yule tree

Nuts, Apples, Oranges, Caraway rolls, Mulled wine, Roast turkey

Imbolc

Snowdrop, Bay, Heather, First Flowers of the Year

Rosemary, Cinnamon, Westeria, Frankincense, Myrrh

White, Orange, Red

Lamps, Besom (witch's broom), Yellow flowers

All Dairy products, Curries, Onions, Chives, Garlic, Spiced wines, Seeds, Herbal teas

Ostara

Honeysuckle,Iris, Peony, Violet All spring flowers

Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry

Green, Yellow

Colored eggs, Green and yellow jellybeans, Rabbit Decorations, Spring Flowers

Seeds, Leafy Green Vegetables, Spiced or Flower Cupcakes, Fruits, Hard-boiled eggs

Beltane

Honeysuckle, St. John's wort, Hawthorn, All flowers

Frankincense, Lilac, Rose

Green, Soft pink, blue and yellow

Maypole, Strings of beads or flowers, Ribbons, Spring flowers

Dairy, Oatmeal cakes, Cherries, Strawberries, Wine punches, Green Salads

Litha

Lavender, Chamomile, Roses, Daisy, Lily

Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender

Blue, Green, Yellow

Dried herbs, Potpourri, Seashells, Summer Flowers, Fruits

Summer Fruits, Ale, Mead, Fresh Vegetables

Lughnasadh

All grains, Grapes, Heather, Blackberries, Sunflowers

Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes

Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown

Corn Dollies, Any Wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of Grain

Breads, Cider, Blackberry Pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries

Mabon

Hazel, Corn, Acorns, Oak, Wheat Stalks, Cypress cones, Pine cones

Myrrh, Sage, Pine

Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown

Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine Cones, Baskets of fallen leaves

Breads, Corn, Cornbread, Beans, Squash, Apples, Roots (carrots, potatoes, onions), Cider

Samhain

Pumpkin, Apple, Nuts, Thistle, Chrysanthemum, Broom, Oak leaves, Sage

Apple, Nutmeg, Sage, Mint

Black, Orange

Jack-o-lantern, Photos of deceased loved ones, Apples, Fall leaves, Autumn flowers, Squashes

Apples, Corn, Nuts, Cider, Mulled wine, Pumpkin Dishes, Cranberry muffins, Herbal teas