Calendar

Oct
31
Tue
Beltane – the Love Festival
Oct 31 all-day

A time to revel in life’s absurdities and have fun. The Sun God is nearly at his full strength.

Symbols:

Celebration; abundance; horn of plenty; bright colourful flowers; strawberries and other luscious red fruits and food; bananas; lace and beads; head garlands of woven willow branches and flowers; maypoles; red and white; daisies.

Herbs:

Almond; angelica; apple; ash; calendula; cinquefoil; red clover; frankincense; hawthorn; honeysuckle; rose; rowan; St John’s wort; woodruff.

Dec
20
Wed
Litha – Summer Solstice
Dec 20 all-day

Midsummer – the sun is at its highest point – longest day and shortest night.

Symbols:

Sun; all things yellow, orange and round; full pregnancy; big oak branches; gardenias; poinsettias; cherries; plums; apricots; passionfruit.

Herbs:

Basil; wood betony; chamomile; cinquefoil; dogwood; elder; fennel; fern; frankincense; lavender; lemon; lemon verbena; lily; mistletoe; mugwort; oak; pine; rose; St John’s wort; thyme; vervain; yarrow

Feb
2
Fri
Lammas – First Harvest Feast
Feb 2 all-day

The first harvest is done and the fruits of labour are celebrated and enjoyed.

Symbols:

Corn; grains; bread; wheat; large scythe; daisies for joy and uccess; grapes foropulence.

Herbs:

Acacia; blackberry; calendula; frankincense; mistletoe; oak; rose; sandalwood.

Mar
21
Wed
Mabon – Autumn Equinox
Mar 21 all-day

The second harvest feast it is known as Thanksgiving in the northern hemisphere. Second time when day and night are equal.

Symbols:

Autumn leaves; storable food items like nuts, dried fruits and herbs; books for study; cornucopias.

Herbs:

Apple; balm of gilead; calendula; cypress; mugwort; myrrh; oak; orris root; passionflower; pine; rose; sage; thistle.

Apr
30
Mon
Samhain – Hallowe’en
Apr 30 all-day

A ‘death festival’ marking the beginning of winter – the midpoint between Autumn and Winter. Witch’s New Year.

Symbols:

Pumpkins; skeletons; marigolds; autumn leaves; pomegranates; witch hats; apples cut to expose the pentacle of seeds; black candles; black leaves; dark red roses; red chrysanthemums; dark crystals of divination; snake of mystery and rebirth.

Herbs:

Apple; broom; mint; mullein; nutmeg; oak; sage; thistle; wormwood.

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