For centuries, humans aligned their lives with the cycles of the planet and the universe, but after tireless spiritual persecution and rebranding, and technological advances, many have become detached. In the eight-part Wheel of the Year series, educator Meagan Angus provides tools and guidance toward reconnecting with these natural rhythms and reclaiming our relationship to ourselves via the Wiccan Sabbats. During the lively two-hour classes in a relaxed setting held at Mortlake & Co. in downtown Seattle, students come away with a better understanding of the sabbats observed by Witches through lectures on the cosmic interplay that occurs during astrological, astronomical, and meteorological shifts, the effects these events have on us, and the common threads in traditional observances around the world, both modern and ancient.
There is no beginning nor end to The Wheel — it spins eternally. By learning how to mark these eight cyclical celebrations along the rotation, we also mark our own life cycles as well as gain an empathetic view for each other. The Sabbats covered in the series are: Yule/Winter Solstice, Imbolc/Candlemas, Ostara/Spring Equinox, Beltane/May Day, Litha/Summer Solstice, Lammas/Lughnasadh, Mabon/The Witch’s Thanksgiving, and Samhain/Hallowe’en. Students should feel free to jump in at any time.
Each class includes a 12+ page booklet containing lecture points regarding the covered Sabbat, along with a six-week calendar of concurrent international observances (Pagan and multi-denominational), recommended Tarot for meditation, advice on establishing the holiday in your own life, and a bibliography for further reading. Topics covered in the lecture, generally:
- A look at the history of the holiday from a modern Pagan/Witch/Magickian standpoint
- Comparison of concurrent holidays in other religions and traditions, with a heavy emphasis on myths, deities, archetypal themes, and symbolism
- The significant astrology of the season, especially lunar
- Your astrological sign, and the season, archetypes, and holidays connected to it
- Astronomical and geological events concurrent with the season
As well, we’ll discuss ways to bring this information into your personal spiritual practice, including:
- Suggestions for creating an altar
- Common and traditional forms and methods of observance
- Meditations for ritual use
- Correlating herbs, crystals, Tarot, colors, and more
Within the class setting, there will be an altar set up relating to the Sabbat for demonstrative purposes as well as participatory. You are encouraged to bring items to add to the altar to energetically charge.
Started in 2015, the Wheel of the Year classes taught by Meagan are currently held from 7 pm to 9 pm 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. See below for class descriptions and ticket purchase info.
March 14, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 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 25, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Beltane / May Day
The 2018 Series of the Wheel of the Year continues with Beltane, also known as May Day or Walpurgisnacht in some traditions. This Cross-Quarter Day is a popular Fire Festival ushering in the deep heart of Spring, and for some places, Summer. Falling on April 30th/May 1st each year, the date of Beltane marks the halfway point of the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. Lusty, mischievous, and playful, the spirit of Beltane is light-hearted but serious about fun. Marked by massive bonfires, maypoles and “greenwood marriages” that only lasted a year and a day (or one long lovely night), Beltane is a holiday focused on celebrating the fecundity and power in the exchange of energy and passion between humans.
June 13, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 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 25, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Lammas/Lughnasadh
THE ORIGINAL HARVEST
Lammas, which means loaf, comes to us at the highest, hottest part of the year. It marks the beginning of the harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere. Discover the origins of this ancient Cross-Quarter Day fire sabbat celebrating the bounty of the Earth and learn how you can observe this time of abundance for yourself or with your community.
September 12, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Mabon/Fall Equinox
SHIFTING FROM LIGHT TO DARK
The high point of the yearly cycle is done. We have reached Fall Equinox, the Witch’s Thanksgiving. Here, we continue to explore harvest season through the cornucopia of symbols and festivals found at this time of year. 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 24, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Samhain/Hallowe’en
WITCH’S NEW YEAR
The dark is finally here and—full disclosure—it’s 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 12, 2019 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 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.
January 2020 – 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!
Mortlake & Co. is a lovely occult bookstore and art gallery run by William Kiesel, the Heirophant behind Seattle’s Texts & Traditions Colloquium (formerly The Esoteric Book Conference.) It is near dozens of bus lines as well as the light rail. There is also free parking in front of the store until 7 PM. I will burn incense made from natural resins (no synthetics). There will be water available. There is a bathroom in the building. The event space is ADA accessible in the bookstore half, but there is a 4″ step into the gallery area where the lecture is. You can see and hear everything from the bookstore side.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org