Next Wheel of the Year Class – Beltane – May Day – April 25, 7pm

The 2019 cycle 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.

Seating is limited to 25 students.
Classes will take place at Mortlake & Co. Bookstore and Art Gallery
121 Prefontaine Place in Pioneer Square

A limited number of sponsored tickets available for low income, BIPOC, and LGBTIQA folx.
If you can sponsor a seat, please contact me.
5% of tickets sales from 2019 classes goes to Real Rent Duwamish.

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 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. Mortlake & Co. is a lovely occult bookstore and art gallery run by William Kiesel, the wizard behind Seattle’s Texts and Traditions Colloquium (formerly 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 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 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.

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