Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Fire Festivals


The Greater Sabbats

image by coven of the godess moon

The pagan’s seasonal wheel holds eight sections.  four of those are dedicated to Solstice and Equinox, which are also known as the four lesser sabbats.  Interwoven with the lesser sabbats are the greater sabbats or fire festivals.  The lesser sabbats are connected with the Sun in its association with the Earth, meaning the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.  The greater sabbats are tied to the transition of the seasons of the Eath.  The Fire Festivals are Samhain (aka Halloween), Feast of Bride (Imbolc) Beltane (also spelled Beltaen) and Llughnassad or Candlemas.

Samhain signals the onset of winter and the reign of the Queen of the Underworld.

The Feast of Bride initiates spring, time of reawakening of nature and life and the rise of the virgin queen, the child goddess.

Beltane initiates summer and the Great Rite of the Goddess.  It clebrates the sacred marriage to the Sun King.  We summons the power of the Great Stag and wish for futility and abundance.

Llughnassad initiates autumn and we celebrate the harvest.  It is the festival of the Goddess of Magic.  We celebrate the passage of the sacrifice of God and the rite of the High Priestess.