Info about Wicca

Imbolc

by Merlyn Midwinter (early February) was the time of many ancient Pagan festivals, which have continued under Christian guises. The wild Lupercalia of ancient Rome was replaced by the austere Festival of the Purification of the Virgin, or Candlemas. Modern...

Ostara

by Merlyn You don't have to be a Wiccan or even a Pagan to celebrate spring's arrival. The Ostara sabbat, also called Eostar or Eostre, is a minor sabbat that affects us emotionally because it occurs at a time clearly separating winter and spring. Two...

Beltane

by Dru Summer is icumen in! Beltane, celebrated at the beginning of May, heralds the arrival of longer days, warmer nights, and growth, growth, growth. Beltane is one of the oldest recorded Gaelic seasonal festivals. Records show that it has been...

Midsummer, Litha

by Merlyn The sun rises straight above the eastern horizon in early June, not in the southeast as it does in other seasons, and by 6 a.m. it can warm you to your bones. It's almost Litha, the Summer Solstice, and time for the return of the Holly King, who...

Mabon

by Merlyn & Dru Mabon is the pagan celebration of the Autumnal Equinox. It is the Pagan Thanksgiving, the Middle Harvest when the fall fruits–apples, pumpkins, winter squash, and field corn for the cattle–are brought in from the fields and orchards. Mabon...

Lughnassad

by Dru The Pagan Wheel of the Year, consisting of eight holidays, follows an agricultural and herding tradition, and it marks three autumn harvest festivals. Lughnassad (pronounced: LOO-nah-sah; the Irish “Lunassa” means “August”) is the first harvest. It...

Samhain

by Merlyn Wiccans and Wiccan detractors who think that Wicca is only a religion of sweetness and pleasure should become familiar with the Samhain Sabbat and its theme of death. Samhain, October 31, is a time to remember departed family and friends and to...

Yule

by Merlyn Yule celebrates the winter solstice, the year's shortest day when the sun ceases its southern journey and begins its return north. Yule is a Nordic word meaning wheel. The Celtic name for this solstice is Alban Arthuran. The winter solstice was...

Interpreting the Death Card

by Dru This article originally appeared in Lady Letter, Volume 1, No. 3 Facing your mortality is a difficult task. For some, it is impossible. So, when the Death Trump, the thirteenth card of the Tarot's Major Arcana appears, questioners can become...