Wheel of the Year Series 2019 – Imbolc: The Quickening
The 2019 cycle of the Wheel of the Year opens with Imbolc, also known as Candlemas in some traditions. This Greater Sabbat represents a light in the darkness of Winter. The lessons we can learn about perseverance and hope at this dark time can serve us throughout the year. And while we are still in the frozen grip of Winter, we are dreaming of what we could sprout in Spring.
Falling on February 2nd, Imbolc is the halfway mark between Winter and Spring. Purification, honoring the dead, and reconnecting to natural resources are all sacred acts. Also at this Sabbat, many Witches will rededicate themselves to their path, or dedicate themselves to a new skill, rekindling their passion for life after walking through the stillness of Winter.
Seating is limited to 25 students.
Classes will take place at Mortlake & Co. Bookstore and Art Gallery
121 Prefontaine Place in Pioneer Square
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
- 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 7pm to 9pm 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.
Mortlake & Co. is a lovely occult bookstore and art gallery run by William Keisel, the wizard behind Seattle's 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 at 7PM.
I will burn incense made from natural resins (no synthetics).
There will be water available. There is a bathroom in the building. The bookstore is ADA accessible, but there is a 4" step into the gallery area where the lecture is. You can see and hear everything from the bookstore side.