The Wheel of the Yearshows us the 8 Sabbats that have been celebrated since ancient cultures including the Nordics, Celtics, Greeks, and Egyptians. Most Wiccan and Pagans celebrate these through out the year. Christianity itself has incorporated many of it’s “Traditional” holidays from similar Non-Christian celebrations on the wheel.
The Sabbats just like any holiday give us a reminder and time to pause – to be grateful and thankful for whatever the season calls for. To celebrate the great cycle of life and re-focus our intentions.
4 of the Sabbats are considered “Main” and are Agricultural in nature. These include Samhain, Beltane, Lammas and Imbolic. They represent the changing of the seasons. Considered “Cross-Quarter Days” or “Fire Festivals”, sometimes called “Moon Sabbats”
4 are “Minor” and Solar in nature. These include Yule, Ostara, Lithia and Mabon. These fall on Solstice’s or Equinoxes. Considered “Quarter Days” and Sun Sabbats Solstice = Day (Summer) or Night (Winter) is at it’s longest. Equinox = Equal amounts of day and night.
Below you will find each of the Sabbats with notes on each one.
Mabon is the mid-harvest festival. This is the time to take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. This Sabbat’s focal point is thanksgiving and balance and harmony.
AKA: Alban Elfer, Harvest, Second, Harvest, and Wine Harvest
It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. This is a time of balance, so you should stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of your harvests, whether they be from improving yourself, working at your jobs, raising your families.