Started in 2015, The Wheel of the Year is an ongoing series of lectures focused on the Wiccan Sabbats. The 8 Sabbats observed by Witches are part of a grand tradition of seasonal celebrations dictated by Solar, Lunar and Stellar movements, as well as the cycling of the seasons of weather and other geo-local events here on Earth, shared by ancient and modern cultures around the world. Through participation in marking these moments we bring ourselves closer to the rhythms of nature that affect all people across the planet, we mark our place in our own process of life, and we see a common thread among the humanity that follows these great spiritual and bio-rhythmic traditions.
There is no beginning and no end to The Wheel, it spins eternally. Students should feel free to jump in any time.
The 2018 classes will be held at the beautiful Mortlake & Co. esoteric bookstore and art gallery, in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. Enjoy extremely easy access to public transportation and free parking.
Each lecture will cover:
- A look at the history of the holiday from a modern Pagan/Witch/Magickian standpoint.
- Comparison to concurrent holidays in other religions and traditions, with a heavy emphasis on myths, deities, archetypal themes, and symbolism.
- The major astrology of the season, especially lunar.
- Astronomical and Geological events concurrent with the season.
- Ways to bring all this information into your personal spiritual practice, including:
- Common forms of observance and traditional practices
- Suggestions for creating an altar
- Meditations for ritual use
- Herbs, crystals, tarot, colors and other correlations
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January 25, 2018-Imbolc/Candlemas
Explore the deep Winter hope of this light & fire timekeeping and purification ceremony, and learn how to make the most of your Winter hibernation, clearing the way for the growth of Spring!
March 15, 2018-Ostara/Spring Equinox
SHIFTING FROM DARK TO LIGHT
Uncover the deep history behind this grand resurrection festival honoring the returning life of Mother Earth and the Sun, and learn how to best harness this energy for the coming year.
April 19, 2018-Beltaine
MAY DAY / WITCH’S NIGHT
Learn about the history of MayDay, a ‘mischief holiday’, and how you can actualize the surging energy of this lusty season for yourself and your community.
June 14, 2018-Litha/Summer Solstice
Immerse yourself in the ancient global rituals of this Solar festival acknowledging the high point of the Sun’s Arc across the sky and discover how you can evoke this power in your own life and world.
July 26, 2018-Lammas
THE ORIGINAL HARVEST
Discover the origins of this fire festival celebrating the bounty of the Earth and learn how you can observe this time of abundance for yourself or with your community.
September 13, 2018-Mabon/Fall Equinox
SHIFTING FROM LIGHT TO DARK
Explore the many sides of this Solar-oriented timekeeping holiday, discover methods for working in a ‘shifting’ season, and learn ways to help yourself and your community prepare for the Underworld journey of Winter.
October 18, 2018-Samhain/Hallowe’en
WITCH’S NEW YEAR
Fall is finally here and—full disclosure—my favorite season! We will take a look at the superstitions and traditions surrounding possibly the most well known of the Sabbats—Samhain. The true tipping point into The Underworld Journey of Winter, learn how to incorporate archetypes and symbols that can sometimes be dark and spooky into your life as healthy and balanced forms of working with The Shadow.
December 13, 2018-Yule/Winter Solstice
THE LONG NIGHT
Discover the origins of this Solar festival celebrating the Death and Return of The Sun! Learn how to connect to the Archetypes and Spirits of Winter and make the most of our collective hibernation.