Calendar

Jun
21
Wed
Yule – Winter Solstice
Jun 21 all-day

Longest day, shortest night – the sun steadily grows stronger with each passing day.

Symbols:

Wreaths, holly, oranges and lemons; yule logs; lights; ivy; lots of green growing vines; eucalyptus; pine cones; winter snow; poppies; a single candle flame.

Herbs:

Almond; ash; bay; chamomile; frankincense; hazel; holly; juniper; mistletoe; oak; pine; rosemary; sage; sandalwood; thistle; walnut

Jul
31
Mon
Imbolc – The Quickening
Jul 31 all-day

Sometimes referred to as Candlemass and Bridgid’s Day. Marks the end of winter and celebrates the return of the Sun God.

Symbols:

Seeds; wells; fire; white candles; whie flowers; female things.

Herbs:

Angelica; basil; bay; cinnamon; frankincense; myrrh; orris root; saffron; red nettle; rosemary; rowan.

Sep
21
Thu
Ostara – Spring Equinox
Sep 21 all-day

Night and day are equal. A time of rebirth and clearing clutter. Life bursts forth from the earth!

Symbols:

Seeds; eggs; male things; wattle; rabbits; flowers.

Herbs:

Broom; cinquefoil; jasmine; lavender; lily; rose; sage; violet.

 

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

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